People create products, write books, and share content because they feel that there is a need for it (or maybe someone expressed a need for it) in the marketplace. In my pursuit of apps this week I am intrigued with some of the apps that people have created for a
In a lax moment with the youth the other day I asked them to look through their app stores (notice I didn’t need to tell them to pull out their phones, or iPodTouch) and find the craziest faith based apps. We then proceeded to have quite the conversations on various
One of the great things about being a part of our local Youth Pastors Anonymous group is that I can regularly hang out with some awesome people who challenge the normal processes of ministry. A recent, and upcoming, undertaking is a training by our network of youth workers for our
It is going to happen. Somewhere along the line the pastor/s will ask you to give a sermon, from the pulpit, on a Sunday, in front of every one in church (well, at least those who show up that Sunday). Do not panic. You have got this & here are
In a youth ministry career that is coming up on 20 years I have been around a number of fellow youth ministers. They all, with rare exception, have been wonderful people. One short coming that I see over and over again, in my opinion, is the need to the youth’s
I originally wrote this for Youthworker Movement. Wanted to share with our circuit folks as well. ME: We would like for us to recognize our seniors in service as graduating youth. PASTOR: That’s great, how would you like to do that? ME: We would want to recognize our two
If you have been plugged in with us for awhile you know we are big on writing personal letters, thank you notes, etc. At one of our technologies conferences the other week a friend introduced me to Post Crossing, a social network of another kind. Instead of sending emails,
I never eat at Steak & Shake. I don’t know remember why, and I no longer care. But I know that I don’t eat there. I have a vague recollection of a series of dissatisfying dining experiences there. It wasn’t the atmosphere or service and certainly not the milkshakes. But
I have been thinking a lot about systems and institutions these past few weeks. Have you thought about how the church works as a system, maybe the education system? Thus the system of youth ministry?
If you can understand what the system is working around you, then hopefully we can 1. understand what truly motivates people and the culture & 2. the opportunity to thrive.