Grounded

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

The Emotionally Healthy Youth Pastor

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

The new corner office

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

My Transition to YouthWorks

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

Rest

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