What I pray before I speak to students

Every Wednesday Night before the students show up, right after I print out the final draft of my message, I pray this prayer. Maybe not word for word, but this same idea every time.   Lord, Thank You for the opportunity to speak to these students that You have given to this ministry. I am…

Planning a Mission Trip: Making the Most of Every Opportunity

While most of the heavy lifting in planning a mission trip comes in the “pre-trip” planning stages (picking a location, setting the budget, picking the team, and nailing down the details), the importance of planning what happens ON THE TRIP cannot be overlooked. Some of the most incredible things that have happened on mission trips…

On Our Knees

One of my old volunteers was in town for a doctors appointment.  He’s one of my favorite people on the planet, and always a huge encouragement.  A few months down the road, he will take his entire family across the ocean to help start an online degree program to train pastors in a post-Christian culture.…

Soul Care While Looking For A New Ministry Job

As I was looking for my new youth ministry position, I sought out a lot of wise council. I received solid advice about my resume, the right questions to ask, the right websites to look for jobs, and how to leave well from a church. The thing no one really prepared me for is the…

Guest Post: What we need more of from Youth Pastors

Youth Ministry may very well be labeled the “best job on the face of the planet.” It reminds me of that saying, “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” For youth workers/ Pastors, this is true! It’s a wonderful experience, and it’s one not to take lightly. The…