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Rick Rhoads  // Posts published by Rick Rhoads

Why your Imagination matters in ministry

Why your Imagination matters in ministry

During my seminary years I worked as a trauma MRI tech at a University Hospital in South Carolina.  On one of my first days at work, the mentor assigned to oversee me shared a profound insight: one of the greatest assets in saving patients’ lives was our human imagination. She was so right!  Over the […]

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Thoughts from a Youth Pastor Turned Parent

Thoughts from a Youth Pastor Turned Parent

From the Eyes of a Parent The Ritchie’s were an amazing family.  They had four teenagers in our student ministry at the same time.  You heard me correctly, four!  One senior, one junior and twins in their freshman year.  Wow!  They were one of those families which certainly didn’t need my help as a youth […]

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01 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Boat, the Night, and the Sea

The Boat, the Night, and the Sea

The Boat, the Night, and the Sea

A Boat, Night and the Sea I had just finished eating dinner on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Throughout the meal, our group enjoyed an absolutely stunning sunset, and now, the time had come for something I waited for my whole life, a ride across the Sea of Galilee at night.  I […]

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13 Aug Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Gift of Our Limits

The Gift of Our Limits

The Gift of Our Limits

I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was our first year of full-time youth ministry, and within a one month period of time, Naomi and I both graduated college, got married, moved to a brand new town, and began two new jobs. Wow! What we were thinking? Since this all happened in February, […]

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23 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Sketches, Perspectives, and God

Sketches, Perspectives, and God

Sketches, Perspectives, and God

Over the past eight years I have had the privilege of discipling and caring for the souls of college students here at LBC.   Often this formation comes in the form of helping young men and women navigate  the beginning stages of discovering their true identity. Now, identity is a tricky thing.  At its  core, identity […]

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11 Jun Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

It was another Sunday morning.  Naomi looked at me and asked, “Do we have to?” After having finished a 60 plus hour work week with our students, it was now time for the Sunday push.  Early to the office, teaching Sunday School, ministering in the main service and then “the line”. Yep, you heard me […]

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Of Machines and Men

Of Machines and Men

Wayne Muller in his book Sabbath tells a story about Harvard President Neil Rudenstine oversleeping one morning in November of 1994.  For this zealous perfectionist, in the midst of a million-dollar-a-day fund raising campaign, it was cause for alarm.  After years of intensive, nonstop toil and struggle in an atmosphere that rewarded frantic busyness and […]

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02 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Reflections from a Thirsty Soul

Reflections from a Thirsty Soul

Reflections from a Thirsty Soul

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” – Psalm 42:2 11 Leaders, 9 Ministries, 1 Church Seven years ago while dreaming about how Project Renovation could spiritually care for, inspire and equip local youth ministry workers, the idea of a soul care retreat emerged.  We […]

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05 Feb Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Artist and the Art

The Artist and the Art

The Artist and the Art

What’s your favorite painting? A few weeks ago I was asked the question, “What is your favorite work of art?”  I responded immediately by telling the person, “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Rembrandt.  Actually, it was an easy question.  For years now this painting, skillfully created in 1668, has been the most significant […]

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Saying Goodbye Well

Saying Goodbye Well

Saying Goodbye and Releasing Well It was seven years ago in a small office at LCBC that I first met my friend Jason Mitchell. The meeting was to talk about starting a local student ministry network called Project Renovation.  In the early days it was Jason, myself, Andy Gordley and Todd Henly who made up […]

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