When I was new in ministry I struggled with the idea that people were paying me to tell them what I thought. (About God, about how to live as a believer, and about a lot of other things.) It took me a while to realize this simple fact: They don’t really care what I think.…… Continue reading Vanity in Ministry Life
On Evolution, Biology Teachers Stray From Lesson Plan Researchers found that only 28 percent of biology teachers consistently follow the recommendations of the National Research Council to describe straightforwardly the evidence for evolution and explain the ways in which it is a unifying theme in all of biology. At the other extreme, 13 percent explicitly…… Continue reading You aren’t going to change
That’s the goal of our high school ministries Winter retreat. I’m not talking about a cash neutral event to the youth budget. I’m talking about… we’ve got no money so we need to do this retreat for free. We don’t have budget money and our students literally have no cash to offset expenses. Here’s what…… Continue reading Beg, Borrow, and Steal our Retreat!
Right out of college, Kristen and I were full of ideals about where we wanted to serve in a local church. We had a list of things we were looking for: Having been in the midwest for eight years we were ready for a geographical change. We wanted to see mountains and take a break…… Continue reading Farm Fresh Offerings
We want to change the world! We want our church to reach this whole community! God is the God of this city! [The crowd raises to its feet and cheers as the band begins to play…] These are guaranteed anthems to bring a church to its feet. But I’m left wondering if our ecclesiology is…… Continue reading The God of My Neighborhood
A few weeks back I wrote about something I call, the Pastor Man Up Movement. (PMUM) There’s something about PMUM that annoys me and I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what it is. Is it that its mostly men and I have a strong desire to see women lead? Maybe a little. Is it…… Continue reading Hit Me with God’s Hammer Today
Ministry isn’t family friendly. I know people in youth ministry from the “biggest and best churches” in America. And I know people in youth ministry in the tiniest churches in America. And both people have the same complaints and struggles– ministry life sucks for family life. My response to that? So what? Cope and deal.…… Continue reading You’ve Got to Want It
I’ll admit it. I’m a recovering video game junky. Up until Madden 2005 I used to incessantly play anything football EA Sports produced. One of the fun things about the Madden games is that you can adjust the level of difficulty to match your skill level in the game. So, if you were new, you…… Continue reading Level of Difficulty
I have a fervent belief that if we want to reach a post-Christian society, we have to be Good News before someone will listen to Good News. I asked some teachers, “How could a local church be Good News to your public school?” Here are 10 of their ideas. Create a team that participates at…… Continue reading 10 Ways Your Church Can Be Good News to Public Schools
A youth worker in Minnesota asked me to share my definition of worship with her as part of a lesson she’s preparing for her youth group. I thought it’d be fun to post my response to her (with her permission) for a couple of reasons. I hadn’t thought about it like this before. I like…… Continue reading What is worship?