According to Tripit, my travel tally for 2011 looks like this: 2011 Trips 3 Days 18 Distance 9,959 mi Cities 18 Countries 1 That’s as of February 2nd. And it doesn’t include all of the cities I’ve been to… just the places I’ve spent the night. The first 33 days of 2011 have been a…… Continue reading Grounded
For the past 2.5 years my job has shifted from being a youth pastor to being a cheerleader, encourager, and fan of youth workers around the country. And, not surprisingly, I’ve bumped into a lot of youth workers with a shared story. Careers flopping. Getting fired. Financial struggles. And marriages crumbing. As you’d expect during…… Continue reading The Emotionally Healthy Youth Pastor
Perhaps this recession really has taught us some things? I’ve noticed some trends softly changing in the past 2-3 years that are enlightening a cultural shift in our work-home-success life quotient. And they are encouraging. Here’s a few things I would label under “the new corner office.” (Things that todays worker use to label that…… Continue reading The new corner office
A few weeks back I drove up to Oceanside and shot this interview with Jim Britts. If you don’t know Jim, you need to! He’s a youth pastor at a local church who, together with his executive pastor, had a crazy idea of making a move. And along came To Save a Life. Let’s face…… Continue reading Interview with Jim Britts
On January 1st, 2010 I will become an employee of YouthWorks. Before I talk about YouthWorks I do want to mention some things about Zondervan. A lot of negative things have been said and written (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) about Zondervan through this process. I want to convey publicly what I told them privately. They…… Continue reading My Transition to YouthWorks
Convention season is over. As you would expect, I am exhausted. My mind is marshmallow. My heart for the conventions is that I am there to serve and minister… And that I want to leave every ounce of myself “on the field.” All three cities left me physically spent. But in Atlanta I made a…… Continue reading Rest
That’s how I feel about the next 90 days. This week starts the first of three National Youth Worker Conventions. For me, it’s a huge honor to be able to go to the three U.S. conventions and to play such a cool role. On site I am in charge of capturing the story of the…… Continue reading Warp Speed!
I’ve been open about my struggles to find a healthy work pace. I’m not sure why but I have an innate tendency to want to be plugged into work 24/7. This isn’t new… I’ve been this way since high school. I remember stopping in on the little restaurant I worked at on my nights off…… Continue reading Signs of Health
Here are a few categories of responses to job stress. I think I’ve exhibited them all in the past 3 months. – The ostrich: This person looks at the stress at work and just sticks their head into their own work, trying to ignore anything else that goes on. This can be good because at…… Continue reading Responding to Stress
That was my thought last night during the general session. A fantastic night of challenge and worship. All I have to say is that I need a 15 foot disco ball. It helps with the worship experience.