A Culture of Worship

A Culture of Worship

How do we instill culture? I think of culture as the unspoken truths apparent in our lives, but often never talked about.  Most families don’t have a code of conduct that is typed up and signed with a blood covenant. Yet, values are instilled and regularly reinforced...
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...
Lice, Puke, and the Power of God

Lice, Puke, and the Power of God

Summer camp is my favorite event of the year. I love planning for it, I love promoting for it, and I love the buzz that comes the week before when our team all comes together to finish off the last minute details. But at the end of the day, there is always something...
Sticking with Student Leadership

Sticking with Student Leadership

My experience working with student leaders has been a bit of a roller coaster. There have been times when I’ve seen student leaders really get the relational side of ministry and form a strong relationship with a middle school students, and that has been incredibly...
Youth Pastor Fails: 5 Failures, 5 Lessons

Youth Pastor Fails: 5 Failures, 5 Lessons

Coming into ministry one of my biggest fears was the fear of failure. I remember fearing that I would mess up the kids, make a huge mistake in my personal life, or just not be able to cut it when it comes to pastoring. 8 years later and I have failed so many times and...