if I die young… And I’ll be wearing white when I come into your Kingdom… On a rainy night in July 2011, Amber passed away in a car accident. Seeing hundreds of people pack into the church the next week showed how much she had meant to the people around her. I vividly remember watching […]
Tim Schmoyer posted “Why I’d rather combine Jr. And Sr. High at Youth Group,” and outlined his reasoning. I want to respond with the opposite position. 1.) High school kids can leave a huge impact on jr. highers. I don’t discount the fact that high schoolers can have a great influence on middle schoolers. Over […]
Missed Part I and Part II? During these months, I started to take solace in this quote: “I can’t apologize about where God is calling me.” I just didn’t know where God was calling me. That seems direct and to the point. But the issue is also much larger. If I place all hope in […]
Missed Part I? The pastor had visions of a new building, with increased fellowship space, new offices and a new place for the youth ministry to call home. The existing youth space was the original sanctuary and had been renovated by the students. They didn’t want to see it go away, but the reality of […]
I bought into the myth. The myth that a vital, thriving ministry to youth, college students and young adults would draw families into an aging church. Youth don’t have money to tithe, and young adults just don’t tithe. But their families bring money. And more people.
We spent a good three days with Tony Campolo in town last week. He had a lot of great ideas to share, and was incredibly down to earth. The first night he spoke on Becoming Red-Letter Christians. He gave a similar talk at the Youth Specialties’ conference in the fall, but added a bit of […]
A friend of mine told two stories at lunch today. First… Last year at a big 4-day youth worship experience in our community, he noticed one of his youth texting during worship. He asked her what she was doing figuring she was just goofing around. She said back to him, “I’m inviting somebody.” My friend […]