We’ve come to our last conversation with Peter. It’s actually not a full conversation, it’s just a brief chat with Peter. From this point on the focus of the book of Acts is on Peter and his missionary journey. Peter laid the foundation for ministry to the Gentiles (non-Jews) and Paul builds on … More Conversation with Peter: Brief Chat during a conferance.
This was a tough article to read to be honest, it convicted because of the circumstances of my life the past couple of months. Whether you’re paid staff or volunteer, this is a reminder that we are under a microscope. Teens/kids/adults are watching us and will model our actions and attitudes. Read the … More ‘WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY’: THE SHEEP ARE WATCHING
There’s a lot to this article, but I loved reading it. There’s a danger in youth ministry of having too low of expectations, and then setting our expectations so high, that both ourselves as youth workers and the teenagers we are responsible for become discouraged and give up. When working with youth, we … More ADOLESCENT SPIRITUALITY, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
This is a great article about leadership, and if you’re wondering, it’s not directed at anybody except me, to be honest. I have to be a better leader if I expect to be given a leadership position anywhere. I’ve seen leadership failures when I was in the Army, in church’s, in organizations I’ve been … More 10 Reasons Why You’re Not A Leader (repost from http://paulsohn.org)
This is an outstanding article for male youth leaders to read. I am a firm believer that girls need appropriate male role models in their lives, the key word being appropriate. Generally speaking, it’s easy to get sucked in and believe that you’re the only one that can fulfill a certain role in a … More TIPS FOR MALE YOUTH WORKERS INTERACTING WITH GIRLS (repost from youthministryroundtable.com)
I’m a firm believer in church discipline….when it’s done right. Well, even when it’s done wrong, if it’s done wrong then it’s a skillet to the brain pan from GOD sign that it’s time to move on to another church. I wasn’t familiar with the The Village Church controversy, so I had to look … More Church Discipline Gone Wrong: More Common than You Think. (repost from crosswalk.com)
Leaders build other leaders, they don’t just talk about it. The mark of any good leader is how many other leaders are following him. I personally don’t want to follow anybody that can’t explain their vision let alone get me excited enough to buy into their vision. Once I buy into the vision, … More 10 Characteristics of Magnetic Team Leaders
What makes a good leader? Is a Christian who is in charge automatically a “Godly Leader”? Leadership is a difficult “thing” to quantify and qualify. Just because a person is given a title and position, doesn’t make them a leader. I’ve seen men who were given the title and position, fail to … More 9 Essential Qualities of a Godly Leader
I’ve always been suspicious of the mega church “models” that stressed style and “coolness” over authentic worship and strong Biblical teaching. Millenials may come across as ADD and maybe even shallow, but in the end they really just want something authentic and meaningful to believe in. This is a a pretty good article. We … More Want Millenials back in the Pews? Stop trying to make it ‘cool’
We have spent a good bit of time eavesdropping on Peters conversations with Jesus and observing his development from simple fisherman to loyal disciple. Now we come to the crossroads of Peters life. Everything that Peter has experienced in his three years with Jesus is going to be put to the test. We’re … More Conversations with Peter: Prelude to the worst day.