On Vision (Part 3)

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Your vision should be clear, concise, quotable, and audacious. Vision that is not easily understood is quickly lost in translation. Vision that isn’t clear peters out in transition. The clearer the vision, the more easily it ripples beyond the source. The longer the vision, the more it leaks. Commas and run-on sentences poke holes in an otherwise powerful vision. The brevity of a concise vision focuses the mind and the energy of the people. In the information age, attention wins. Quotable vision gives your vision life beyond your lips. A...

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On Vision (part 2)

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The most overlooked component of vision is contextualization. Vision that is removed from the regular rhythms of life quickly evaporates. Your vision should rest in the tension between your world as it is and your world as you want it to be. What is God calling your people to do? What difference does it make to the people who live next door? (part 1 here)

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On Vision

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Don’t underestimate the power of a well-communicated vision. In the absence of a clear, compelling vision, other (competing) visions elbow their way into reality. Conflict, apathy, boredom, restlessness all emerge from a lack of vision. Unity, passion, and partnership are born from contagious vision.

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The Sacredness of Trying

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I learned very early in my ministry that not everyone would like me. I learned every parent and every student carried unique emotional, relational, and theological baggage into every interaction I had with them. I learned that not every program I worked hard to create and execute would be well attended. I learned that students will text while you speak and snapchat while you pray. I have felt the sting of the unanswered text, the unreturned phone call, and the ignored high five. I have also discovered the potential of sharing and connecting....

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Old School Tools (Part 7)

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I am an introvert who tends to stress at surprises and unexpected twists. The most important old-school tool I have discovered: a pack of gum. Chewing gum is a proven stress reliever – and a much better one than throwing or breaking any of the other old school tools we’ve shared (here, here, here, here, here, and here). Gum also has tremendous community-enhancing qualities. Whip out a pack of gum and in 4.67 seconds, you will have a pack of students surrounding you. Gum serves as a tremendous third object to overcome awkwardness...

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Old School Tools (Part 5)

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I learned the hard way – if it isn’t written down, it is forgotten. One of the key components of ministry is remembering – names, stories, experiences – and following up on them. When I am on retreat, mission, or any extended period with my students, I have a pen and journal in my back pocket. Literally. I pull it out often – to note conversations (curriculum potential), experiences (to celebrate or commiserate later), and inside jokes (to laugh about again later). A cheap but durable moleskine journal will get you through...

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Kill The Youth Council (Meeting)!

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Old School Tools (Part 4)

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If you have ever been shocked at how quickly it got dark while you a) tried to balance your phone in one hand and cabin list in the other b) cozied up next to a headlight while calling out small group lists c) attempted to organize a game with a flashlight in your mouth it’s time to upgrade. A headlamp, the original hands-free device, can end the awkward yoga-towards-the-light poses. Cheap and lightweight, the headlamp gives you the ability to direct traffic, unload luggage, point students, direct leaders, and give high fives. It also...

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MLK Today

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The Introverted Youth Pastor

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I am a strong introvert in a large ministry. If that seems oxymoronic, you aren’t alone. Despite half the population being introverts, we have come to define “youth ministry” and “introvert” in mutually exclusive terms. It has been a struggle that I am thankful for. Being introverted does not mean: You are shy That you do not like people That reading is your preferred form of recreation That you do not enjoy leading from the front Being introverted may mean running into the following misconceptions. You lack enthusiasm/compassion because you...

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