Posts made in January, 2017


One of the opportunities I have been afforded in ministry is time to let my youth pastor friends and colleagues vent. Youth workers are my heroes and they deserve a safe place just like anyone else to “let go” and be heard. In a vocation where many hurts linger below the surface, it is a blessing to be trusted and invited in to these holy conversations. Given space and opportunity, it doesn’t take long for us to commiserate and share...

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Habits are the invisible architecture of your life (Brian Solis) and your ministry. In order to effectively minister, you simplify the chaos and diversity of your job. How do you simplify a job that calls on you to be a preacher, counselor, curriculum designer, worship leader, game designer, adolescent expert, parent liaison, logistics expert, treasurer, and secretary all on average Monday?   Structure your week through...

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The most powerful practice of the presence of God is simplicity. Activity overload leads to fatigue, burnout, and resentment; emotional weeds that choke the roots of your love for God and people. Simplification leads to sustainability of your ministry and your spiritual well being.   How do you simplify your calendar?   Program only for what you need.     If you can’t explain quickly and succinctly why a program...

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