Top 10 Reasons I Love Spoke Folk as a Youth Minister

It's hard to believe that by the time this post hits the press, Spoke Folk Massachusetts 2011 will be half over. As I mentioned in last week's YM Tuesday blog post, I am currently in the middle of what I would call The Twelve Best Days of Summer. I have been touring with Spoke Folk since … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons I Love Spoke Folk as a Youth Minister

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The Twelve Best Days of Summer

Having just finished up a fantastic week at ALIVE Festival with youth from Epiphany Lutheran (and Grace Lutheran, Fremont!), I'm now in Massachusetts for what may very well be "the twelve best days of summer." Now, I make this bold, superlative statement, with a couple of disclaimers: these are not "the twelve best days..." because I … Continue reading The Twelve Best Days of Summer

Transitional Leadership for Youth Ministry: Take Time to Reflect

This past Sunday was perhaps one of the most emotional and reflective worship services that I have experienced in my time at Parma Lutheran Church. It wasn't a special occasion (unless the 4th Sunday of Easter is considered special). It wasn't my last Sunday. And yet, during the closing hymn, my eyes welled up with … Continue reading Transitional Leadership for Youth Ministry: Take Time to Reflect

Transitional Leadership for Youth Ministry: Setting Up Systems for Success

We're getting ready for one of the biggest fundraisers since I began serving in ministry at Parma Lutheran Church. This Saturday, we're hosting a Pasta Dinner & Chinese Auction that we're hoping will bring in a significant amount of money to go toward's the kid's attendance at the 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering in New … Continue reading Transitional Leadership for Youth Ministry: Setting Up Systems for Success

Transitional Leadership in Youth Ministry: Remembering the Past

This afternoon I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with two of the more active girls in the youth ministry I will be leaving at the end of this transitional period. We spent a couple of hours just hanging out, eating Taco Bell cinnamon twists, laughing, and remembering. I can only hope that … Continue reading Transitional Leadership in Youth Ministry: Remembering the Past

Transitional Leadership in Youth Ministry: Avoiding the Short-Timer’s Attitude

One of the most difficult battles waged in a period of transitional leadership is that against the short-timer's attitude. You know what I'm talking about: "Well, I don't need to worry about [fill in the blank] because I won't be here anymore." It's really easy to fall into this trap when you know you're moving on. … Continue reading Transitional Leadership in Youth Ministry: Avoiding the Short-Timer’s Attitude