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Brokenhearted. Brain fogged. Exhausted. Anxious. Mid 2014 I found myself in a place I had never been before. I was suffering from severe depression. I had swerved into unknown territory. It was scary and I was embarrassed. How did this happen? I kept working, writing,...

Show Me Your Friends

My grandma and childhood best friend died before Christmas. Just a few months ago we were still chatting nightly on Facebook messenger. I knew that the cancer she was fighting was real, but it didn't seem real when we were telling each other stories. Some of the more...

Somos Church – Human Series

I can't believe we are already heading into week four of the HUMAN series at SOMOS! All of us are humans. We've got one wild life and it's time we took at look at some of the ways we can grow! We are- studying 9 complex personalities of the Bible exploring the 9...

Somos Church Series – How To Be A Better Human

Church planting wasn't on my list of things I hoped to do someday. But it has helped me to become a better human. It's helped me get up and get moving because if we're being real (p.s. there's no other way to be unless we want to be boring and horrible pretenders)...

What’s Your Plan?

What's your plan for 2019? Love is my plan this year. In every circumstance, relationship, and decision, I truly want to know what love would do. Because I've not always used love as my compass. Honestly, I'd say fear has allowed to lead for too long. ...

ADVENT WITH AN ELF

ADVENT WITH AN ELF Hi. I’m Brooklyn. I’m a mom of two kids (three if you count our goldendoodle Marley). I’m a writer and a pastor and I love everything there is to love about Christmas. When The Elf On A Shelf tradition came about I jumped on board. Fun always draws...

I Was Wrong About 6th Grade

I feel like I've been training for 6th grade since my daughter was born. I've researched, studied, witnessed middle school through the eyes of parents and students in our youth ministries. I've been hoarding a stack of ideas, stockpiling what I've learned for the...

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...

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