Category Archives: Speaking/Training

Recruiting Volunteers… in Hawaii?

Lori and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this week, and that’s why I was pretty excited when the county of Maui booked my dad and I to teach a workshop on the island this Friday on mobilizing the … Continue reading

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CONNECT with Smartphone Obsessed Kids

Remember when cell phones looked like this? This little baby came out in 1983 for $3,999, had a 30-minute talk time, and took 10 hours to charge. The crazy thing is… today most parents probably wish their kids just owned … 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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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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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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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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Sex and Screens

Last Friday night I spoke to a group of middle school kids in Cincinnati about sex and screens… here’s a glimpse of how we got the conversation started. The format was fun. I spoke to them first, letting them know … Continue reading

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Three states this week

This week I hit three states, speaking to kids in WI, training youth leaders in TX and MN, speaking at a church in MN and teaching a parent workshop. Then later this month I’ll be in two more states… maybe … Continue reading

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A book signing

This Weekend the YS Store asked me to do a book signing where I’m speaking at the National Youth Workers Convention in Atlanta, a fun opportunity to connect with people who’ve bought my books. (Curious which book sold out on … Continue reading

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Zombie Senior Retreat

I’ve been speaking at camps for almost 20 years, and I gotta admit… this is a first! I received a call this summer from a camp director of a big camp in TX and he told me, “I’d like you … Continue reading

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