The desert & cultural exegesis

Later this afternoon I’ll join 70 high school students and 20 other adults for the Encounter Men’s Retreat. This is my second year doing the retreat so this year I have a better idea of what to expect. Intense, respectful content that asks young men to lean into practical realities of walking with Jesus. A…… Continue reading The desert & cultural exegesis

What to Say When the Youth Pastor Leaves

It’s June. Professional youth ministries most dangerous month. I’ve served in three churches and all the hiring, firing, quitting, and retiring with the youth ministry seems to happen in June. It’s a wicked combination of the end of the school year and for a lot of churches, the end of the budget year. I could…… Continue reading What to Say When the Youth Pastor Leaves

The greatest small group night ever

I’ve done small groups in one form or another most of the last 15 years. I’ve been in high school, college, and adult small groups. I’ve lead middle school, high school, college, and adult small groups. I’ve always wanted a small group that gelled and did awesome things… and I could never make it happen…… Continue reading The greatest small group night ever