Just Make it to Harbor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBsA3wa5OGE Imagine how good this guy felt when he got the boat into harbor? What a metaphor for life! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt like this. Life is ugly sometimes. And just pulling into safe harbor is exhilarating.

My 3 Caddy Rules for Ministry

I’m a golfer. I’ve played the game off and on most of my life. More importantly, I love being around golfers. There is a joke among golfers that there are just three rules to a caddy’s job. “Just show up, keep up, and shut up.” That’s really how I feel about our burgeoning youth ministry.…… Continue reading My 3 Caddy Rules for Ministry

Back in the Saddle Again

This video expresses a lot of how it felt last night to get back in the youth ministry saddle again. Last night was a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to figuring out a whole new way of doing ministry. My biggest observation from last night: These students have a particularly sexualized lexicon. I wasn’t…… Continue reading Back in the Saddle Again

Towards Holistic Youth Ministry

I’ve been blogging the Harbor Mid-City journey as we head towards a launch of student ministry. Up until now in the life cycle of the church plant youth ministry has always been around– part of the DNA– but never emerged as a priority. That’s changing rapidly as the church has formed to the point where…… Continue reading Towards Holistic Youth Ministry

Youth Group vs. Youth Ministry

Last night I sat around a table with some people to talk about youth ministry in our church. As I’ve mentioned a number of  times, our church is in a working class neighborhood of San Diego. We are a community of people with tangible needs. There is real poverty. Real educational problems. Real family trouble.…… Continue reading Youth Group vs. Youth Ministry

Pushing Back to Find Sanity in Christ

Closing in on a year as “just a family in the pews” I have learned a ton about myself, my walk with Jesus, and what it’s like to be on the other end of church life. Having spent my entire adult life on the church leadership end of things I would often say, “I don’t…… Continue reading Pushing Back to Find Sanity in Christ

Rock that Quirky Church

I think some of my harsh criticisms of the evangelical church come from a love of our church. The mission of Harbor Mid-City is one that is quirky by design. We have a hyper-qualified staff brought together despite significant theological difference who lean into that tension for the sake of the Gospel in the neighborhood.…… Continue reading Rock that Quirky Church

A Favorite Thing About Harbor

Each Sunday, during the worship service, our church invites all the children to come up and play instruments during one of the songs. Too often we push the children of the church away from the adults and I think that’s a real mistake that accidentally sanitizes intergenerational worship. This small action each week is symbolic…… Continue reading A Favorite Thing About Harbor

Stumbling buddies

Last night we hosted our first community group with Harbor. I don’t have much else to say but this. #1 It’s fun to host a small group after going to a church 3 weeks. #2 I’m looking forward to having some people like me to stumble towards a deeper walk with Jesus with.