Monthly Archives: October 2015

Top 5 Scary Movies… and 1 TV Show

It’s Halloween in America today (as I write here from South Africa), and for many of us, that means it’s time to sit down on the couch, pop some popcorn and watch something scary. This generation loves scary movies, and … Continue Reading

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Expelled… or Vicus?

I love hearing youth ministry stories and ideas from youth workers around the world, and yesterday I heard one that really “popped.” We’ve been in South Africa for 3 days now, playing tourist, hanging out with youth workers, and speaking … Continue Reading

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Heading to South Africa

I’m not sure how to pack… Lori and I are headed to Los Angeles (85 degrees) to run a half marathon, then we fly to Cape Town (73 degrees) where I’ll speak at a conference next weekend, then we stop … Continue Reading

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Chaperone… or Sherpa?

What do you call your adult leaders in your youth ministry? Chaperones? Leaders? Ministers? …Steve? Is there a word that captures their purpose a little better? I’ve taught my Connect workshop to youth leaders 3 times in the last 7 … Continue Reading

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Multiplying Disciples

Do you create lifelong disciples who go out and make other disciples? Think about that for a second. I’m not asking if your kids go to church or wear Christian t-shirts. I’m asking if they get so excited about Jesus … Continue Reading

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The Gospel According to The Walking Dead

America popped popcorn and settled into their couches Sunday night to watch one of their favorite TV shows… a cable show, no doubt… The Walking Dead. The show drew even more viewers than Sunday Night Football. I was in SoCal … Continue Reading

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The Most Vital Skill in Youth Ministry

“What is the most important skill I need to teach my volunteers?” That’s what my friend Brandon asked me when he was planning his fall training with all of his leaders. What would you answer? Without hesitation I answered him, … Continue Reading

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Moving Kids from Tech-dependent to Tech-enabled

Does the smartphone help communication… or hinder it? That one of the questions I ask when I’m teaching young people to be smarter than their smartphones. “Think about it,” I suggest. “How many times are you sitting in a circle … Continue Reading

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What would you have done?

“Turn around! Now!” That’s what she said, and my dad had no idea what to do. Have you ever noticed that most tough parenting (and grandparenting) decisions aren’t black or white? Think about it. If they were… the choice would … Continue Reading

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