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Volunteerism

The ever-accurate Wikipedia defines volunteerism as “The involvement of volunteers especially in community service or with a non-profit organization.” The U.S.A. has a history of volunteerism. The earliest Americans got together and helped each other build houses and plant (and share) crops. Benjamin Franklin … Continue Reading

Recent Lessons on Personal Growth

The Point of Youth Ministry

Christ is the founder of youth ministry, the goal of youth ministry, and the one who should shape youth ministry. Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch say it this way: “It is Christology (the exploration of the person, teachings and impact of Jesus Christ) that determines missiology (our purpose and function in the world), which in […]

Youth Leaders and King Jesus

The National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) sent shock waves through the youth ministry world. This in-depth and trustworthy research project discovered that the faith of most church teenagers can be described as Moral Therapeutic Deism. The core tenants of this belief system are: God exists. He is nice and He wants us to […]

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Sports Chaplaincy

This is a difficult post for me.  For most of the time I have been in ministry, I have been involved with ministry to sports teams.  I have a game ball in my office that was given to me by the high school team in Winnfield, Louisiana in 1985. I also worked with high school […]

Don’t Forget to Play

I have an internet class for the first time, which is both terrifying and ironic.  When you have an internet class as an instructor, it never lets you clock out.  It follows you home, it invades your smart phone, and it knows no hours.  So I was stressing out about the beginning of the semester […]

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Recent Lessons on Relational Growth

Gratitude

So the election season is upon us.  In Louisiana, our motto is “vote early, vote often” (probably need to know a little Louisiana history to get that one–Google Huey Long).  Now another cycle of elections will be contested and recontested.  I remember a sign on the highway that combined election season with the Thanksgiving season. […]

Relating to an Increasingly Narcissistic Generation

Social media and a “me-centered” popular culture have driven our teenagers to a level of narcissism possibly never seen before. What does youth ministry look like in an age of selfies and self-promotion? What guidance can we give to teenagers and to their families? For the last 10 years or so, some of us who […]

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The Youth Leader as a Parent

Children tend to become lifetime disciples when they live with parents who love Jesus, exude Jesus, talk about Jesus, and connect like Jesus. Each of these five factors merits careful attention. Parents who love Jesus supremely The heart always is the key. Youth leaders can be parents who: Respond with gratitude for grace and the […]

Teenagers, Revival, and You

Awakening is a church saturated with the supremacy of Christ by the Spirit of Christ. God floods His church with fresh hope, passion, prayer, and mission by refocusing believers on Christ for all He really is. The awakening then spills into the community and cannot be stopped. Is an awakening to Christ possible in your […]

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