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Sweet Revenge: How to Help Your Kids During A Church Plant

Wow. It's been five years. May 2012- I sat at a church plant conference thinking, "this is such great advice, but I highly doubt we will ever plant a church." Then I wrote a blog post to help me remember what I learned...just in case. Turns out we needed the advice...

Middle School Small Groups #OC17

Today I'll be leading a breakout at a conference for church ministry leaders from all over the world. You can learn more about it here! I LOVE connecting with the youth ministry tribe and always end up gaining just much as I give. Learning is best. And also TEAM...

What are passions? How do you follow them?

Weekly mantra that never becomes reality... "I'm going to give myself enough time and space to tell the stories that I have lived." They are stories about the crazy inside, about love and family, and laughs on the kitchen counter (usually after we've cried first)....

You Have A Youth Ministry

I don't think I realized how much the last two years would wreck my idea of what youth ministry is and isn't. The thoughts actually started during a college ministry internship in Brazil, 2001. I conveniently protected the different ideas of youth ministry that I saw...

Do What You Can

Someone asked me this week, "how do you do it all?" The simple answer is that I don't. I can't. There aren't enough hours in a day or enough energy in my tank to do all of the things. But somehow without much margin this month I was able to do #22 push ups for 22 days...

Come Home Curious

This was the first year I didn’t post photos of our kids’ first day of school. Something was changing in all of us and the reality of those changes needed to sink in. I needed to wait to talk about it because it felt like a dream. I should back up a little. I started...

Three Things Humans Need

Maybe you’ve noticed. My blog has been a wee-bit silent lately. Sometimes it feels easier to write a few sentences for an Instagram post than to write a few paragraphs for a blog post. Anyone feel that way? I do. I’ve posted things here and there but not at the...

Who Cares For You?

Summers can be lonnnnnng and exhausting. But so much fun, right? You find yourself caring for your youth group and for their parents. There are more hours when kids aren't in school, more hours for them to be with you. You've been to camp, you're still on the cusp of...

How To Love Every Season

I remember this photo like it was yesterday. The beauty that was 2002 and my second year in youth ministry. I had gone to the thrift store to buy some nerd pants. (Not realizing that I had plenty in my closet already, I spent $1.85 on another pair.) Our youth group...

Taking Care of the Introverts In Your Ministry

Yesterday a new book by Susan Cain was released! Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts (A guide for KIDS and TEENS) It landed on my doorstep and I made the clumsy assumption that I could crack it open and read a few pages without wanting to stay up until 3...

Giving Grace To Teenagers on Monday…Or Friday

There's been something I've been wanting to write about but haven't been able to write about because, well, I couldn't. Some things are ready for sharing as they happen. Some things will never be ready for sharing after they happen. Some things need time to process...

Unleashing A Love For Serving In Middle School Ministry

Today I get to spend time with friends at Orange Conference talking about how to unleash a love for serving in middle school ministry. I'm super passionate about what it looks like to lead students to meaningful relationships (with God and others) and what it looks...

March 2016: One Word Book Reviews

I love the months when there’s more space to read. In March, I dipped my eyes into more books than a first semester freshman. I read three books yesterday while traveling. Book in hand vs. phone in hand? Book wins.   The book wins because:   Time we spend...

Between The Mess And The Miracle

Easter Saturday. The place between Friday and Sunday that holds the waiting, the wrestling, the overcoming, the almost there but not yet there possibility. God seemed to introduce a sacred waiting, a wrestling, a place in the middle where the mess segues the miracle....

7 Ways To Celebrate World Water Day

WORLD WATER DAY is Tuesday March 22nd! I want to know what your youth group will do to celebrate the BIOLOGICAL WONDER that keeps all of creation living! If you're a little low on ideas. It's okay. I know you've got the "and other duties as assigned" part of your...

Why Being At The Bottom Is A Good Thing

My friend Amber emailed me to let me know about a post that revealed the top Youth Ministry Blogs of 2015. I geek out giving lists like this a look because I love youth ministry and people who write about youth ministry. The blogs were ranked by three kinds of stats:...

BIG NEWS AND 10 AWESOME BOOK GIFTS

Voltaire had good hair and also good advice. "Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.” Let us read and dance because….   March 3rd is WORLD BOOK DAY! Glory.   My friend Elle and I want to celebrate it now and...

Let’s Start A Book Club

I love books.   At the end of the year I shared a post called Brooklyn's Best Books 2015. It was a way to return to the books that I loved reading all year. I also tossed in the idea of a non book club that my friend Elle and I had been talking about.  ...

Let us develop a dangerous unselfishness.
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Developing Dangerous

What would you, could you, want to do if nothing selfish fueled you? What if unselfishness became the prayer in your heart, in your church, in your youth ministry? What if God could transform all of us? What if it's true, that God can change you? And me? Change we?...

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