7-Marks of a Youth Leader (reprise)

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This weekend (actually tomorrow), I will with two of my youth leaders in Dallas at a Tough Mudder Event (if you have no idea what that is, click the link and find out how much I love my youth leaders to do something like this 🙂 ). I have spent much time with these men in discipleship, prayer, and ministry. I love these men as my brothers and I wanted to write about them. However, I realized, I have already done that in a post I put up about a year ago. So, today I merely want to reprise.

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You must have other leaders besides the youth pastor in youth ministry!… Continue reading

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Why Post-High School Teens Leave the Church – Repost

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It’s August here in America and school has started once again. Everyone has moved up and grade and is excited for the up-and-coming year.

What we might have forgotten is that a whole group of teens have just recently graduated and are in college. It is at this point we find out if their faith they professed in High School is real. For many, the mask comes off and we see the ugliness of sin that has always been there. How does this happen? How can a “good” kid go off to college and then leave the church and the faith? … Continue reading

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Why I Love Summer Bible Camp

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A summer without going to a Bible/church camp doesn’t feel like summer to me. I am 33 years old and 25 of those years I have attended summer camp (either as a camper or counselor/leader). So, missing summer camp is very odd—I am sure many of you just nodded you head, because you know what I am talking about.

Well, this past Sunday, my youth group arrived home from summer camp. We attend ASCEND CAMP. It is a camp of epic games, and clear Bible teaching. Over 600 students show up for this “camp” and it is non-stop fun, as well as life-transforming.… Continue reading

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Youth Ministry … of course!

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I have now been a full-time, vocational youth pastor for almost 3 years (party hats! Whoop whoop!) Every year I grow more and more in love with teenagers and in the conviction of the importance of specific ministry toward them. To pass on seeing the importance of youth ministry in the local church is to pass on faithfully shepherding a needy section of the church. It is enjoyable and fun, but youth ministry is also challenging and demanding. It is in every since, work! Why? Simply, youth are people (against popular opinion 🙂 ) who have emotions, make decisions, must live with the consequences of those decisions, and who also have a spiritual life that God is interested in.… Continue reading

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Being a Spiritual Dad

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I am not a father. I do not have children. My wife and I would love to have children, but God has not permitted that for us in our first 9 years of marriage. Now because I am not a dad, my usual reaction to all books and sermons and being a dad or raising kids is one of checking out. “I am not in that stage of life,” I tell myself. “Therefore, I will move on to other things.” Like I said, this is my usual reaction ….. until a few weeks ago when my pastor preached a sermon on “What Every Dad Must Do” from Psalm 145.… Continue reading

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