How Not to Be the Best

Bruce stopped by one time to take me out for lunch. I enjoy free food with good friends, especially friends that I haven’t seen for a while. The two of us sat down at the restaurant, the smell of hot Philly cheese steak sandwiches and fries bringing smiles to our faces; our appetites knew relief was on the way. I …

Raising the Bar for Volunteers

There is a lot riding on our volunteers, isn’t there? But chances are, right this very moment, you’re wishing at least one of your volunteers would give you just a little bit more. So how do you get it? How do you ask for it? How can you raise the bar for your volunteers, without scaring them away? Here are 4 things …

Student Pastor: Get Out

Get out, relocate your ministry. The best parental advice I ever received­­ and the advice I pass on the most­­ is this: My son Josh and I love sports. Beginning with a trip to Wrigley Field when Josh was 12, we have been to over ten different MLB parks. We¹ve enjoyed live NFL and NBA games, minor baseball games, and more Tar Heel games than we can remember. …

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 …

Attendance and Spiritual Growth

Time flies! It has been nearly a year since I was called to my current church as a full time youth minister. During my first few months I got to know all of my students. I met this awesome girl who I will call Kim. She was one of our older high school students and was a member of a family …

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. …