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Transitioning Leaders

Transitioning Leaders

Throughout this “Transitioning Faith” series, we have been looking at how to best prepare students for the challenges of life after high school graduation. Primarily, we have been asking the questions that determine the type of student that we want to be sending off into the next season of life. Do we want … Continue Reading

Recent Lessons on Transitioning Faith

Transitioning Ownership

In an earlier post in this series, I stated that ownership is the process of caring and protecting something that belongs to you. This rings true in just about every category of life. We treat our own vehicle better than a rental, and we take more pride in a room in our house than we […]

Transitioning Wisdom

The third component to helping a student make a healthy transition into life after high school is to teach them about wisdom. In my experience, teenagers are often confused about what wisdom is and what it is not. Many have heard about Solomon’s wisdom and possibly a few other verses about having wisdom, but that […]

January Term

Keep Current on Legal Issues

Today’s lesson features video from Dr. Allen Jackson’s Protecting Your Students and Your Student Ministry conference. Dr. Jackson shares tips on how you as a Student Minister can not only protect your students but your student ministry. In this session he talks about the need to  “Keep Current on Legal Issues”: Ten Commandments of Risk Management […]

Preparing Your Teenager to be a Mature Believer

Today’s lesson features video from the fourth session of Dr. Richard Ross’s Accelerate conference. Dr. Ross walks us through his newest book, Accelerate: Parenting Teenagers Toward Adulthood, equipping leaders to transition their students to adulthood. In the fourth session he covers these topics: Preparing Your Teenager to be a Mature Believer Sending Your Teenager on a Gap-Year Mission […]

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Recent Lessons on Personal Growth

A Lifetime of Learning

Youth ministers have innumerable ways to express their delight in Christ and His glory. One of those ways is learning about Him, His kingdom, and His ministry for a lifetime. Restlessness that leads to lifetime learning flows from a thirsty, transformed heart. One way to continue learning is through formal study. If you sense that […]

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 […]

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Recent Lessons on Professional Growth

Resolutions and Revolutions

In 2014, I celebrated two decades as youth ministry prof at New Orleans Seminary.  Any time there is a zero at the end of an anniversary, a birthday, or ministry tenure, we tend to reflect a bit.  We also naturally reflect as a new year begins.  As 2015 begins, what if you thought about your […]


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 developed the first volunteer firehouse in 1736–more than 70% of all […]

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Recent Lessons on Relational Growth

Intentional Relationships During the Holidays

In 1994, my wife Judi and I moved from being on church staff for the first 15 years of our marriage to being faculty here at the seminary.  Our move to the “ivory tower” had a couple of surprises.  First, I remember fall of 1994. We had only been at the seminary for a month, […]


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. […]

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Recent Lessons on Spiritual Growth

Something Big

When are you significant? When you accomplish something “big” for God, or When you rest in grace, serve faithfully, and leave the results to the King. From time to time I am tempted to choose option 1. I go through phases when I want to have a “big” role is seeing a Christ awakening erupt […]

The Spiritual Disciplines

Bill Hull widely is respected as a leader in the field of discipleship. He says, “The common teaching is that a Christian is someone who by faith accepts Jesus as Savior, receives eternal life, and is safe and secure in the family of God; a disciple is a more serious Christian active in the practice […]

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