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It’s The Heart

Baptists are big on behavior. And behavior matters for the kingdom. Behavior can propel the kingdom forward and behavior can thwart kingdom expansion. But behavior is not the primary focus of youth ministry . . . because it is not the primary focus of Christ. The heart is. Behavior is just the natural … Continue Reading

Recent Lessons on Personal Growth

Terminated Youth Ministers

Being terminated might be one of the most stressful and painful experiences a youth minister can have. If you have been terminated or you fear you may be, here are few random thoughts: Even if we have never met, I hurt for you. This world is marked by the Curse. Completely. And that is how […]

Tenure and Turnover in Youth Ministry

Gregg Makin did a PhD dissertation titled “Understanding the Turnover Intentions of Youth Pastors.” His study sought to answer the question: What contributes to youth minister turnover where they thinking about quitting their churches and leaving youth ministry altogether? Among those he studied, 89 percent were married, 89 percent had at least a college education, […]

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Recent Lessons on Professional Growth

What Are You Reading?

Each year I go to Metro Youth Ministers meeting which is a meeting of large church youth ministers.  Every year, they ask me to present my “Top Ten Reading List” and when I do, at least one of them asks me, “When do you have time to Read?” Those conversations reveal two important things to […]

An Army of One

An Army of One. I was always a little confused about the slogan that the U.S. Army used back in the day. Aside from the biblical story of David and Goliath or the movie “The Hunger Games,” the idea of sending champions out on the battlefield to settle differences between nations is not reality.  Apparently […]

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Recent Lessons on Relational Growth

The Scoop on Mentoring

A increasingly popular buzz word in business and in ministry is mentoring. When I googled the word, over 3 million hits came back. As a process (or relationship), mentoring has become useful as a way of giving and receiving influence. In youth ministry, I propose that it is valuable to be in a mentoring relationship […]

The Ministry of Encouragement

One of my good friends in ministry (and a pastor in Alabama!) has a ministry of encouragement.  Any time I am in the room with him, he makes me feel like I am the most important person there. He seems to care about what I tell him. He doesn’t so much offer advice. Instead he […]

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Recent Lessons on Spiritual Growth

Rewiring Your Brain

God designed and created the cosmos, designed and created the human being, and designed and created the Bible. Since the same infinite mind created all three, it is entirely predictable that there is consistency across all three. Any time conflict seems to appear between, say, science and the Bible, it just means we have more […]

A Morning Prayer for Those Who Are Suffering

As I write these lines, my only child (age 25) has been suffering from a debilitating illness for months. I am offering these thoughts to him and, if you are suffering, to you. Because of grace, I boldly approach you, mighty King of the ages. I acknowledge I’m acceptable in your holy presence because you […]

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