Writing Archive

The Intangibles Make The Difference

Every summer, our whole church rallies around our kids and youth ministry events for big events. As our student pastor, I volunteer to lead the 6th graders. This is so instrumental in my relationship with them, as they’ll enter our student ministry the following fall. Every year, I see our volunteer base grow; and not […]

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Announcing The Title Of My Book!

Thanks for stopping by! If you read my last post, you know that I’ve been taking some time off work to knock out a project I’ve been dreaming up for the last several months: I’m writing a book. Now’s the time to unveil the title and concept of the book (and to let you in […]

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Blank Canvas

A blank canvas is refreshing to me. I like the idea of having a fresh opportunity to make a difference. Endless opportunities are at your fingertips. So, as you set out to make your plans for 2012-2013, what do you want to see happen? Because, in 10-12 months, your canvas will be filled with what […]

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The Problem With The Status Quo

I wrote something a long time ago that I’ve changed my mind about: The sad truth is that we would rather complain about the status quo than do something to change it. As I got to thinking about it, I want to be more clear: People that have a problem with the status quo aren’t […]

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Power To The Local Dreamer

So proud of my friends, Tyler and Josh, who make up Twenty One Pilots. Hope this story of their signing inspires you as you pursue what you were created to do!

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What Would You Do For God If You Knew You Wouldn’t Fail?

A few months ago, God gave me a vision for something. Something different. Something challenging. I ignored it up to this point, knowing that it would take a lot to make it successful. Then, this week, I went to God asking for direction, guidance, and vision. I wonder if He laughed :). Whether He laughed […]

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The Napkin Test

Someone once told me that if I can’t articulate the vision for the ministry I lead on the back of a napkin, that I haven’t really caught the vision. On Sunday nights, I meet with a group of students who lead groups and any others who are interested in leadership training. In this week’s session, […]

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Goal-Setting Done Right – Part 1

If you’re like me, December/January is a time to evaluate the last year, and to set goals for the next year.  If you live in the youth ministry world, this might happen in August, too (I usually assess twice a year – August and January). I found myself at the whiteboard again this past week, […]

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Rolling Out New Plans

This Sunday, we’re rolling out a whole new strategy to reach teenagers in central Arkansas. This post isn’t designed to tell you what those plans are. That comes later. I just want to share the 5 questions that we’re surrounding our entire new plan around. If we stick to these, we’ll stay focused on the […]

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10 Reasons I Can’t Be Used By God

There are tons of excuses that I cited, when God called me into spiritual leadership.  I don’t think I’m alone on this, though.  Many of us have “pulled a Moses,” and ‘informed’ God that His very creation isn’t good enough for His very plan.  We’d never phrase it like that, verbally.  But some of us […]

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