Leaving Space for Teens to Encounter Jesus

Leaving Space for Teens to Encounter Jesus

I used to take it personally when new students would come to youth group yet never return once they found the mega-church youth group with loud music, video games, and massive screens. Now, a decade later, I have learned to let it go. While at the store, I ran into a...
The Great Balancing Act of Work and Family

The Great Balancing Act of Work and Family

I never fully realized how much of a struggle it would be to balance family and work life. I thought being a Youth Pastor meant my family would somehow be integrated into the work I do. This is true sometimes; however, my kids are young and require a good deal of...
Transformation Through Belonging

Transformation Through Belonging

I will never forget the first day she came to youth group. She stood in the back behind the counter with her arms folded. Everything in her face seemed to scream to the world to leave her alone! So I made sure to give her an extra warm greeting despite the signals she...