Encouragement When You Least Expect It

Encouragement When You Least Expect It

When I started youth ministry about 7 years ago I thought I could do it all. I had great ideas for games, sermon series, etc. I did what most of youth pastors would do. I would think outside the box. I even had a sermon about shaping your character and I cut my hair...
The Invisible Will Move the Visible

The Invisible Will Move the Visible

Typically, at least for me, this “job” of being a student pastor is never ending.  I always hear at our staff meeting around May that our slow season is about to start, and I’m always thinking, “Nope!”  Now I’m sure I can blame some of the busyness on myself and my...
Grateful For My Teens

Grateful For My Teens

We began youth ministry when we were in our early twenties. With a few years of marriage under our belt, we were looking forward to “changing our city” and “loving youth to Jesus.” We led through having all three of our babies, Aaron going back to school and starting...
HLI Moment: Discipleship For The Long Haul

HLI Moment: Discipleship For The Long Haul

For many of us, spring is a time when we finally get to plant those seeds that we have been dreaming about over the long winter. Being from a state that is covered in snow for more months than most, we take great comfort in the cozy snow days by the fire planning out...