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Brooklyn’s 5 For 2016

Youth ministry looks different than in did in 2001. In 2001, if you were to misplace a small middle school person at Disney world, there would have been no way to connect. In 2016, you'd find yourself on Snapchat looking for their last time stamp  or simply sending a...

JUST WATER = JUST GRATEFUL

Most of the world believes that in order to have a conversation, wake up, or do anything, you need coffee.   I had no idea that coffee held the world together, until I stopped drinking it.   The coffee Bible (Pinterest) says:   Running is made possible...

Brooklyn’s Best Books 2015

Books were my best friends in the 5th grade. I felt at home in piles of them. I felt alone without piles of them. My favorite books that year were two biographies, one about Mozart, the other about Beethoven. And, all of the Nancy Drew books that were ever written. I...

The Proclaimers Made Me Do It (2015 Resolutions)

Have you ever chosen a quote to guide your thoughts for a year? I highly recommend NOT doing that, unless of course you want it to guide your thoughts for a year. Because the quote inevitably will guide your thoughts for a year and sometimes we're not ready for what...

Diversity is magic.

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. – Maya Angelou Maya calls us all to action. If it seems like a boring action. Think again because teaching the beauty and strength of diversity is not only...

Blindfolded Between Two Trees

I spent most of my time in Indonesia inside a hotel, attending meetings and having conversations with youth and youth ministry leaders from dozens of countries in South Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. It's hard to describe what it's like being in a global...

GRIEF | 5 Ways To Help Others Through It

It's 2:45 AM. I'm wide awake. I've learned some things about life, culture, and youth ministry while in South Asia. But I've also learned that jet-lag is a real thing and I'm still not the best at adjusting to it. The good news, I've got a few quiet hours to share...

Dear Jack

Dear Jack, I don't know much about you. I do know four things. You are a student attending PLNU. You are a part of a team that thanks people for contributing to a scholarship fund. I received a thank you note from you. You are a guy. (Unless Jack is a new trendy girl...

Lead Small Together

It's been a awesome week leading and teaching on Orange Tour this fall. I love being a part of the Lead Small conversation because small groups matter to students. Providing safe and consistent small groups can be the most important thing churches can do for kids....

Life Group, Lead Small, & $100

“If you want to get serious about influencing the hearts of this generation, you have to think about creating an actual, visible, consistent place where they know they belong.” ― Reggie Joiner, Creating a Lead Small Culture: Make Your Church a Place Where Kids Belong...

3 Reasons Why It’s Cool To Keep A Secret From Social Media

Our kids don't even notice our iPhone camera and are used to the fact that their mommy and daddy are writers. On some days I'm confident that our journalistic perspective will shape them positively, on other days I feel like we're going to need more money for their...

Every Youth Ministry Needs It

If I had to boil down what youth ministry is in two words, I'd have to choose the words HUSTLE and FAITH. Why? Because loving and serving others isn't something that just happens when you daydream about it, write about it, or mention it to a friend. It happens when...

Just Water Weekend

Over the next few weeks I'll be posting some of the components of the JUST WATER weekend event and curriculum that we've created together with The Justice Movement. I'd love for you to check out the website and start thinking and praying about how you can get...

The Justice Movement LIVES

I'm sitting in a dark hotel room, it's 6AM and I can't sleep. Not because teenagers are running through the halls (they actually are and my youth ministry ears consider it white noise), not because I'm nervous (excited may be a better word), not because I'm jet lagged...

Grace Gave 56

Her name is Grace. She had $56 saved in her piggy bank. It was all that she had and the exact amount that she wanted to give. Last Saturday night, I said hello to Grace who attends our church. She was walking in with her dad. I stopped to check in with them. Grace's...

Why OFF Mode is the BEST Mode (At Camp)

Real quick today. I've got some wisdom for peeps heading off to summer camp! Turn your phone off and leave it alone unless you are taking pictures. (I'm saying this online so you don't punch me. But I really and truly mean it. If you turn your phone off, you will have...

5 Things Every Graduate Should Know

Every year at our church's youth group grad night we watch parents share their stories about their children growing up and what they have become in what seems like a all too short amount of time.  Parents ask the same thing every year. "Where did the time go?" After...

A Reason To Stop Everything And Get Excited

The photos in my inbox made me jump out of my seat and yell. Yes, yell, except no one was around to hear it. It's weird not being in an office full of people trying to concentrate when this happens. Usually, I'd bust through someones office door and say, "sorry for...

Our UnFiltered Future

Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains. - Proverbs 14:13 NLT I'm telling this story for Maddy.  (You can read her story by clicking on her name.) I celebrate your life and am learning from what you had to say to us. I'm also...

What’s The Reason? Part 2

Before you can really wrestle with the reason behind why you do what you do in (fill in the blank...in my case, youth ministry) you have to embrace your own brokenness and WHO is involved in the unbreaking. Hints of this truth have ebbed into my thought life over the...

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