Coaching


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...

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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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When I began youth ministry years ago I was encouraged to involve college age and young adults in our youth ministry. The premise behind this approach was that in order to reach youth culture the ministry needed to look like youth culture. I did my best to equip the young team I had assembled but I kept bumping into problems—most of them related to maturity. The “maturity” problem came to a head the day I had to speak with one of my...

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There is a movie I cannot stop watching.  If it is on television I will be glued to it regardless of where I pick it up in the flow of movie.  I watched it while it made its circuit on all the movie channels.  My wife thinks I am nuts.  My children think I am obsessed.  I quote the movie and I believe it has shaped me–I am just not sure to what extent!  I read the book to try to figure out my obsession.  I recently re-read the...

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This is not scientific in any way.  It is not proven through social science.  It cannot be graphed on a chart (yet anyway).  It just happens EVERY time I take a youth group anywhere for a week.  You may call it something else but I suspect you will recognize it for the real phenomena that it is. I call it “The Flow.” Day 1- Everyone arrives a church excited to hit the road.  The parking lot is filled with parents, youth and luggage,...

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*This post is not about someone’s near death experience.  It is about middle school ministry! I love middle school students.  I just do.  They are some of my favorite people on the planet.   I love their raw honesty.  I love their “here and now” approach to life.  I love them…and they drive me nuts! I want to lead them well, but they have an amazing way of exposing my weakness as a leader.  It is frustrating as I desperately want to...

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