"There's been another school shooting" is a phrase I hope I never get used to hearing.
I have met far too many youth leaders who have been fired. Some of them have been let go for legit reasons. Others have been fired because they were doing God's work in God's way and it created a ripple effect that not everyone liked.
Here are, what I believe to be, the 5 marks of a great Christian leader.
The biggest discipleship lie in youth ministry is ...
These are my five simple ideas to help improve your prayer life.
So how do we get homeschooled teenagers out of the garage and onto the street when it comes to evangelism? How do we help them use all of that knowledge and articulateness to burn rubber down the Gospel sharing highway?
The average "Christian" doesn't know the last and lasting mandate that Christ gave to go and make disciples of everyone everywhere. Wow. That's like a doctor who doesn't know what the word "medicine" means.
Regardless where you stand on these hot topics there's a lot for the church to learn from teenagers and the entire March for our Lives movement.
They're not friendly enough. There have been far too many times I've walked through the foyer of a church and NOT been greeted or said hello to or helped. First impressions matter.
Who would win if youth ministry held it's own version of The Oscars?
Even in death, Billy Graham shines as an example for all of us to follow.
With all the headlines of Hollywood actors and political leaders falling morally, I'm reminded again and again of the importance of relentlessly guarding my sexual purity.
Barna just released it's new research project on Generation Z and the spiritual prognosis is grim.
There is a lot of confusion in this culture today over gender and sexual identity issues. There is a lot of head scratching in the church, as well.
Do you feel like a hamster when it comes to your ministry?
I believe we are on the brink of what could be the Greatest Awakening in the history of the church. I am convinced God will not let his church leave the scene with a wimper but with a bang!
If I were the devil I'd distract the youth leaders with more and more meetings. I'd get them so involved with well-intentioned youth ministry "stuff" that they didn't have time to actually make and multiply young disciples.
I hear a lot of talk among conservative Christians today about "the radical liberal agenda" that is dominating our culture. This agenda is filled with leftist Democrats, unfair and imbalanced MSNBC reporters and pro-gay Starbucks cups controversies.
I hear a lot of talk among conservative Christians today about "the radical liberal agenda" that is dominating our culture. This agenda is filled with leftist Democrats, unfair and imbalanced MSNBC reporters and pro-gay Starbucks cups controversies. As a matter of fact I'm sick of hearing about it.
There are a lot of youth ministries out there that are not making the eternal impact they could be. Some of the reasons many aren't thriving include avoiding the hard questions and not challenging teens hard enough.
I've been speaking to teenagers for almost three decades now, during a third of that time I was a preaching pastor as well.
We play a lot of defense in youth ministry. We fight against tough opponents like teen suicide, marijuana and opioid addiction, cyber-bullying, sexting and on and on and on the list goes. Teenagers today are up against a long list of enemies and we want to help them win. But it is almost impossible to win the battle for the hearts, minds and souls of the next generation by just playing defense.
I've been speaking to teenagers for almost three decades now, during a third of that time I was a preaching pastor as well. I'm terrible at sports (uncoordinated) and horrific at hobbies (easily distracted) so I've poured everything I have into becoming a better, more impacting communicator.
Nobody is bored during an argument. There's nothing like a good, old fashioned argument to pump adrenalin into a boring meeting and liven things up. And Jesus started them everywhere he went.
I think the Protestants need a reformation today, a "re-reformation" if you will...and so do many of our Gospel presentations.