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Enjoy the Honeymoon

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I have been through 5 job transitions in my vocational life. Each transition was unique, because they took place at different churches. The one similarity among them, however, was a “honeymoon”. The honeymoon referred to here is that period of time when the hiring church or organization gives the new staffer extra time, grace, and space to learn the culture of their new setting. The honeymoon period is fleeting, but it offers a unique opportunity that can be leveraged for impact when approached as an opportunity. Consider the suggestions...

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Silo or Segment?

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The Prayer I No Longer Pray

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Managing Momentum in Youth Ministry

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Growing up as a kid in rural Indiana, our winters gave our neighborhood gang of kids a lot of opportunity to sled. Our favorite game was to run and flop belly down on our flexible flyers and make the run on the long road from our houses toward the highway which was about a quarter mile away. The contest among us was to see who could make the longest “run” down the road. The key to completing the longest run was to properly manage momentum. By committing the peaks and valleys to memory, and by properly reading the grooved sections of the...

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Four Warning Signs of Burnout

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Things You Were Never Asked To Do (But Maybe Volunteered For)

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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 what is currently troubling us in our ministries. As the “arc” of the conversation builds, peaks, declines,...

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Simplify 2017 (part 2)

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The Youth Pastor Guide to the Proper Care and Feeding of the Senior Pastor

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The call to be a senior pastor is a heavy one. Rarely are two days the same. “Ministry” can happen in a moment’s notice and can suck up several days. Any one day can include emergency visits to the hospital, marriage counseling, funeral preparation, denominational meetings, sermon preparation, wedding preparation, business meetings, building maintenance, an impromptu counseling in the canned good aisle of the grocery store, or even finding food and shelter for a family in need. The above list is long and doesn’t include time for spouse and...

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Your Best Staff Meeting (in 30 minutes or less)

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On Vision (part 4)

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Inconsistent vision is lack of vision. True vision united diverse people and programs around common goals. Lack of consistency reveals a problematic presentation of application of vision. How is the vision made manifest in each of your programs?

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