Honoring Your Pastor

Exodus 17:8-16 chronicles a battle between Amalek and Israel—a battle in which Israel was victorious.  But the favorable outcome of the battle for God’s people resulted not from Israel’s might but rather from the placement of the “staff of God” (17:9).  Moses was to stand on the hill overlooking the battle, raising the staff in his hand; Exodus 17:11 records …

Challenges of Campus Ministry

The public school offers arguably the greatest mission field in America. In most places today, getting on a campus during school hours is a bit more difficult than in years past. Here are some basic challenges to getting out of the church office onto the campus: 1. The institutionalization of the church The first challenge that we face is the institutionalization …

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 …

Wherever you are…Be All There.

Two events in the early 1980s changed our preferences for how we take in information, though no one fully knew how profound the changes were at the time. MTV launched in 1981, playing music videos that featured quick edits and short vignettes. No scene lasted on the screen longer than a few seconds. USA Today debuted a year later, presenting …

A Letter to Your Pastor

To all my youth worker friends. . . I know just how important it is for the senior/lead pastor at your church to connect with kids. I’ve penned this letter out of my deep belief that senior/lead pastors can and must play a powerful role in the lives of the kids in their church. I also know that many don’t …

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 …

Movies, Plotlines, & the Gospel

Think about your favorite movie. Or just think about a recent movie you really enjoyed. Why did you love it? Do you ever think about how movies can help students share Christ? I love helping students have conversations with friends about Christ, not by dumping the gospel on them like an ice bucket challenge, but by starting with a normal …

John the Youth Pastor

Believe it or not, John the Baptist can teach us a great deal about being a youth pastor. Take a second and read the following passage from Matthew 3:1-12 1In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3For this is he who was spoken of …

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 …