Monthly Archives: November 2015

Poor Leadership 101

The youth ministry was fizzling out and no one knew why. It was as simple as this: kids weren’t meeting Jesus, and the ones that already knew Jesus weren’t growing. As a result the group had sputtered and was on … Continue Reading

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Inside My Teaching

This week I flew to Kentucky to speak at four different venues: two venues for parents, an event for young people, and finally two workshops at the National Youth Workers Convention. For those of you who are curious about my … Continue Reading

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What kids REALLY want

Black Friday is just around the corner and parents are already thinking about what to buy their kids for Christmas. What do you think kids really want from their parents? Ikea posted a poignant YouTube video of an experiment they … Continue Reading

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A Free Book for Your Idea

I’m putting the finishing touches on my new parenting book this month, and I’d love your help! I’ll make it simple. If I use your idea, I’ll send you a FREE copy when this book is released. BONUS: Even if … Continue Reading

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Teen Media Consumption 2015

How many hours per day do your kids digest entertainment media and technology? Think about it for a moment. If you add up all the screen time, music, social media, video games, TV, mobile video… all of it! How many … Continue Reading

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The Math We Miss

Some youth workers aren’t very good at math. Let’s do a little simple math from my new SKINNY book about recruiting volunteers. If you lead a youth ministry and you take an honest look at the time you spend with … Continue Reading

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5 Realities That Made Us Pause in South Africa

As I sit here on my 12-hour flight from Cape Town to Munich, my mind can’t help but decompress, processing my week of teaching at the Imagine Ignite conference and hanging out with youth workers in South Africa. God’s hand … Continue Reading

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