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Caring before They Start

Caring before They Start

A few years ago, my good friend Bill challenged me with an idea that I’m sure will stick with me for a long time. He said, “Your job as a pastor is to steward well the gifts and stories of the people.” Bill unpacked what me meant by explaining the most important assets of any […]

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Leading vs. Living Spiritual Formation

Leading vs. Living Spiritual Formation

As we continue thinking about caring well for the souls of our co-workers in the month of February, let me paint a picture of a conversation at a recent board meeting of a new not-for-profit ministry: Executive Director: “I’d like to propose to the board that we close the center on Fridays. I know that […]

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Taking an Inventory of Your Team’s Spiritual Health

Taking an Inventory of Your Team’s Spiritual Health

If you’re anything like me, you find ministry leadership to be exhilarating. Even the difficult things are great opportunities to point people to Jesus. You’re the person who knows the mission and has a clear vision for where you want to go and how to get there. But, if we’re honest, it’s also a mixed […]

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Caring Well for Your Co-Workers

Caring Well for Your Co-Workers

Editor’s Note: For the month of March, we’re focusing our attention on the theme of caring well for the souls of those with whom you work, those men and women that we minster shoulder-to-shoulder with every day. In the task-oriented and often times urgency-driven environments of our ministry’s “behind the scenes”, it’s important to thinking […]

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The Withdraws of Jesus

The Withdraws of Jesus

Reflections for a Season of Lent For those who choose to observe Lent for the forty days leading up to Resurrection Sunday, they choose to pattern their days after the habit of Jesus when He withdrew into the wilderness after His baptism, led by the Spirit to dwell in the wilderness for forty days. While […]

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Preparing for Lent

Preparing for Lent

I am not a fan of airports, and not for the reason many of you might think. I actually don’t mind a layover. I don’t even mind a delay. I have come to the place of taking these things in stride. So why don’t I like airports? Because they reveal to me where I am […]

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Learning and Living on Retreat

Learning and Living on Retreat

Snow is flying and the temperatures are freezing… there’s no doubt, it’s retreat season again. For nearly 15 years now, I’ve had the privilege of partnering with various youth leaders as they prepare for another student ministry winter retreat. I imagine if you’re anything like them, you’re either finding yourself busy gearing up for the […]

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Slowing Down to Do More

Slowing Down to Do More

Editor’s Note: We’re excited to announce that our dear friend and Director of Project Renovation, Rick Rhoads is taking an extended sabbatical time this semester. As he wraps up his doctoral studies, he’s been freed up from his regular responsibilities to enjoy a well-deserved rest and opportunity to brainstorm. While we’ll all miss his presence […]

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Learning When to Hold Back

Learning When to Hold Back

A few weeks ago, my family and I were spending a quiet night together in the living room. We played around with a few new games that my daughter received for Christmas, and then decided to browse through some of the classic Nintendo games available for download on her Wii. Games that were strange and […]

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What a new dad wants you to know about youth ministry

What a new dad wants you to know about youth ministry

“Life with a newborn is like running a youth group all-nighter that never ends. Hey Parents, come pick up your kid! …oh wait.” A little under two weeks ago, I crossed the youth ministry Rubicon and became a parent. I now have a pre-teenager, and while he still may be thirteen years away from Adolescence, […]

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