Don’t Clear the Backlog Just Yet

Coming Up For Air I sat down with a friend the other day. And, as we indulged in a hipster lunch in some gourmet coffee shop, he shared his plans to take a month off this summer. He is an excellent youth minister who has not come up for air in years. I was fascinated […]

Freedom in Failure

Recently, I had an amazing ministry experience where the teens debated against the adult leaders on certain positions that atheists or anti-Christians often hold. The debate was civil, but the adults, who played the role of the atheists/anti-Christians, did not hold back. The teens found themselves in a safe place to strive and fail. This […]

13 Reasons Why: A Youth Ministry Perspective

13 Reasons Why…or Why Not? You’ve seen the various posts on social media. Netflix made a show and teens are watching it. What to Know It’s not a show about suicide, it’s a show about manipulating people through suicide. It’s not a show for teenagers, its rated MA for Mature Adults, I’ve never met someone […]

The Maintenance of Mission

Our parish recently went through a revitalization of our vision. This led to a very successful capital campaign and a unified drive within the ministries of the parish. The tagline that kept our eyes focused on the vision was that we are moving from ‘Maintenance to Mission’. This idea is amazing, but often can be […]

The Vital Need for Ritual

My shampoo bottle says lather, rinse, and repeat. That is some great advice for ministry. My wife and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving together at her parent’s home a year before we married. It was great, but didn’t feel exactly like Thanksgiving. They didn’t have mashed potatoes. The following year we journeyed to my parents […]

NCCYM Follow Up

It was great meeting you at NCCYM! You encountered our ministry team through Next Level Ministry, Ablaze Ministries, or through a member of our team presenting at a conference session. This message will provide access to all the resources related to our time together at NCCYM. Please bookmark this page as it will be a handy […]