Youth Ministry Short-Term Missions Cognition

Outside of facilities and staffing, youth ministry short-missions is likely the largest financial investment in young people the local church makes. But do we think about it as much as we do facilities and staffing? I sense we don’t. I experienced my first short-term trip as a confirmation student at First Presbyterian Church in Mishawaka,…… Continue reading Youth Ministry Short-Term Missions Cognition

The Dark Side of Ministry Life

From the outside looking in, ministry life is often romanticized. “It must be so cool to spend your days advancing the Gospel.” And yes, there are plenty of moments when you feel that. But there’s a not-so-hidden dark side to ministry life that act as pitfalls, snares, and traps… these are things that don’t seem…… Continue reading The Dark Side of Ministry Life

Mount Assumption

Our Greatest Invention Like millions of people I am in awe of the Sierras. Each summer, our family vacations in Yosemite National Park. And each summer I seem to have a moment where the mountains sing a Sirens tune. July 2015, wading through an Eastern Sierra creek in search of golden trout. One hand on…… Continue reading Mount Assumption

Emma Dryer is Smiling

About 3 years ago I wrote a blog post that was widely read entitled, “Moody, You Are Worth the Fight.” In this post I addressed Moody’s demarkation from their historic posture on women in ministry. While the school bears the name of 19th century evangelist D.L. Moody, the Institute was the brain child of a…… Continue reading Emma Dryer is Smiling

Church: Is it for everyone?

Is church for everyone? This is a complex question with a complex answer. And in a Post-Christian world it’s an offensive question because it cuts to something many consider distasteful  about Christianity: Exclusivity. Ultimately, most Christians believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven and therefore by process of elimination, Christianity is “right” while all…… Continue reading Church: Is it for everyone?

Should churches have open meetings?

Long-time youth worker Titus Benson has gotten himself entangled in a mess. There were sexual misconduct allegations in the congregation, the church leaders allegedly tried to deal with it privately, and from what I can tell… the more Titus tried to step in and help the more trouble he found himself in. This post isn’t about that particular…… Continue reading Should churches have open meetings?