Summer Reflection 2: Joy

Another idea I have been reflecting on is the idea of Joy! Scripture describes Joy as one of the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 reads: “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Joy should not […]

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Strategic Planning Video Series Announcement

I am excited to announce Directions in Youth Ministry will be offering a series of videos on Strategic Planning. Look for the first installment late next week! I am currently editing the video. This series promises to be invaluable for anyone participating in the strategic planning process.

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Summer Reflection 1: The Kingdom of God

Summertime—it brings thoughts of picnics, fireworks, beach trips, and time with family. However, if you are in Youth Ministry it might bring thoughts of long drives, too many fast food trips, noisy students, and a frantic pace of life. It is so important to take time and reflect on the meaning of everything that occurs […]

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Sobering Words

I just read a great article by David Gibson. The piece describes the issue of clergy burnout, very eye opening and very sobering. Check out the link

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the Power of Youth Missions

I can’t take too much credit for it—it began about two years before I arrived at the church. The previous youth director took the students on their first mission trip. This short term mission’s trip would forever change the DNA of the church. The trip was really nothing out of the ordinary; a group of […]

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Summer Trip Survivial Guide

If you are one of those adults who have been blessed with the opportunity to participate in a youth summer trip, I have created a top ten list to help this summer to be your best summer ever. 10. Don’t forget the “Duct Tape”. I always throw a roll in my bag as it is […]

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Go APE

Someone recommended this high ropes course to me www.goape.com. Like any youth pastor I have participated in my share of ropes courses (in fact I kind of think they are boring at this point) but this one looks like it takes it to the next level. I am curious if it lives up to the […]

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Counsel of Dads

I heard an interview the other day with Bruce Feiler. He was promoting his new book The Counsel of Dads.  After hearing the interview, I am very curious to read the book, which expounds upon Bruce’s idea of forming a counsel of men to speak into the life of his children. At the time the […]

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Slow Work of God

I came across this quote the other day in Tattoos On the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Father Boyle: “Teilhard De Chardin wrote that we must ‘trust in the slow work of God.’ Ours is a God who waits. Who are we not to? It takes what it takes for the great turnaround. […]

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Text Messenging

I found this website the other day that I thought might be helpful for parents who have difficulty understanding their child’s text messages.   The web-page will decode text messages for you.  I tested it for a while it seemed to be pretty accurate. I would be curious to have a teenager test it as well.  […]

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