Great Commission Generation

The Great Commission in Matthew’s gospel commands all believers of Christ to do four things:  to go, to make disciples, to baptize and to teach all He commanded. This commission is not given to just adults, but to all believers of Jesus Christ. For too long the church has relegated the Great Commission to mean adults. We have missed an …

Next Gen Church Visitation

This week I stopped in a local coffee shop for a cup of joe (and a redeye) to get some email work done (side note: there will be no email in heaven). Next to me sat some awesome young adults I know with whom I had a great visit. After that unplanned opportunity I met that evening at a planned …

Tell Your Story

I began preaching at a really early age. When I was just 14 I began speaking in local youth groups, in chapel at my Christian school, in my home church on Youth Sunday, and even at a local prison as a part of a prison ministry that taught a weekly Bible study to men. Looking back, so much of what …

Why We Need Information if We Want to See Transformation

Many a pastor—myself included—has offered this advice to new teachers of the Word. At first blush, it sounds really good. After all, we’ve all fallen victim to the lifeless teaching of a monotone lecturer-preacher whose discussion on Greek noun declensions did little to help us grow in our relationship with Christ. Such a preacher may give his listeners a lot …

Why I Don't Reach Out to Teens Anymore

After sitting back the other day pondering the important things in youth ministry I reached an epiphany, I shouldn’t reach out to teens anymore! Why you might ask? Here are a few reasons: 1. It’s not my job. I’m sure it was lost in the translation of the scripture from Greek to English but I’m sure Jesus actually meant “go …

The Gospel Integrity Gap

I was halfway into my Americano as I sat across the table from Bill, a ministry mentor, when he asked me this left-field question: “David, when do you feel most alive?” There was a prolonged silence as I considered this, and then I said “Well, I guess it’s when I’m spending time with my son – and when I’m preaching.” …

Mission Trips Can Be Dangerous

We currently live in a culture that has a 24-hour news cycle that seems to be filled with nothing but negative elements and danger around the world. You and your students carry phones with constant push notifications in their pockets that bring either joys, laughs or fear regarding the world around them. These images and elements alone often keep people …

Missional Student Ministry 101

Missional student ministry flows out of a missional church seeking to create missional students. The compartmentalization of student ministry from the life of the church, often functioning as a virtual parachurch ministry using the church facility, must be replaced with an integrated approach involving the whole church ministering to the whole body, with specific application to various groups such as students and senior adults.