Seminary? Is it Still Relevant?

A prominent pastor recently argued that “seminary will become less and less relevant.”  I often hear young youth ministers express a similar sentiment, stating that theological education is a fruitless enterprise for ministry preparation.  As a college student, I was told the same thing by well-meaning people.  They said not to worry about getting a Master of Divinity–that any old …

Know Your Role

In my current situation in life, I get to see supervision in different contexts. I also get to see if it it is executed well or not. Often I’m disappointed by what I see. Today, I was very pleasantly surprised by what I saw at lunch. I had a layover that fell over the lunch rush at a busy airport. …

People are Greater Than Programs

As we plan our Sunday morning gatherings, broken people must be at the forefront of our minds. As we look to how we plan camps and retreats, are we engaging students beyond the “spiritual high” of the program? Are your small group leaders discipling students or simple asking a few questions in their time together? These are questions we should be asking ourselves.

Leading from the Green Chair

I was sitting in a green vinyl chair in my Senior Pastor’s office in a South Texas rural Baptist Church. I was about a year and half into my first full-time youth ministry position, knowing that my experience as a youth pastor was as “green” as the chair I was sitting in. With that said, I was trying, and I …