I play for keeps

I keeps it real. And I play for keeps. It’s easy to be in ministry and lose sight of the big and obvious stuff. Such as, “Why the heck do I even do all of this anyway?” So much of the actual task in youth ministry feels like that of a cruise director. When you…… Continue reading I play for keeps

Reward yourself

The reality is that no one is going to give you the rewards you deserve. You do so much for others that goes unnoticed. You sacrifice so many things that only Jesus knows about. And in doing so you grow weary. And if you don’t take care of yourself there is a 100% chance you’ll…… Continue reading Reward yourself

Youth Ministry as Life Ministry

A few years ago I was talking to a senior pastor about youth ministry. In a moment of honesty he said something like this. “I don’t get it. Tell me why you want to work with high school students your whole life. You’re qualified to be a senior pastor. You have all the qualities people…… Continue reading Youth Ministry as Life Ministry

Still Crazy After All These Years

Yes, I am a Paul Simon fan. I can’t explain it, other than the fact that my mom introduced me to him as a high school kid and I listened to the album The Concert in the Park nearly every day when I lived in Germany. This particular song has always made me think. Here…… Continue reading Still Crazy After All These Years