Lean on Me

After an on-a-whim online purchase last week, I spent a solid portion of my weekend devouring Anne Marie Miller's most recent (though almost a year old) book, Lean on Me. (You can read my full review of the book on Amazon here.) The book's main challenge is this: "Start small, be faithful, and see what God … Continue reading Lean on Me

Relationships

Relationships are a funny thing. And I'm not just talking about romantic, head-over-heels in love relationships. I'm talking about friendlationships... over even ministry relationships. Mostly, though, I'm talking about the kinds of relationships that challenge, inspire, and sharpen. Relationships require work. They don't just happen overnight, or because you see a person on a regular basis. … Continue reading Relationships

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

  Josh Griffin is a Youth Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California--one of the largest and most influential churches in the country. A few weeks ago, the High School Ministry at Saddleback ran a series called "Secrets" for which they collected secrets, PostSecret style, from the young people in their church. They spent two … Continue reading The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Getting Started in a New Church

Not too long ago, a friend of mine started a new position in youth ministry, and had posted on Facebook asking for tips, suggestions, and resources. As I get ready to start my new position at Epiphany Lutheran Church this week, I think maybe I ought to be taking some of my own advice. While … Continue reading Getting Started in a New Church

Friday Five: June 3, 2011

Random thoughts from this week: This week I got into my first car accident ever. Thankfully, I have a great insurance agent. Nobody was hurt. Nobody got ticketed since one party fled the scene of the accident. Not really my idea of fun, and the timing certainly wasn't great, seeing as we're getting ready to … Continue reading Friday Five: June 3, 2011

Transitional Leadership for Youth Ministry: Looking to the Future

It is a fact that when transition is happening, the future is going to look different. There is a new future coming--a time when our paths will diverge, and hopefully someone else will step in to carry on the work that has been begun. That new future is going to mean changes in everything from … Continue reading Transitional Leadership for Youth Ministry: Looking to the Future

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