Sabbatical Begins

books

I have been looking forward to my sabbatical. The rest and recalibration has been necessary, but I have also been looking forward to spending some dedicated time with friends and colleagues about what life-long faith is really about. Along with interviews I will be making along the way, to go towards a podcast that I […]

Love Big: A Review and An Idea

Last night, or should I say, in the wee hours of the morning, I did as I do when I can’t sleep and I read an entire book. It was a book well worth the immersion because it sparked an idea that I can’t wait to get started on. First, the book and my review: […]

Faithful Families

  Faithful Families is a thoughtful, practical guide to teaching by doing – to integrating prayer, tradition, Scripture, and ritual into the routines of a normal, busy family. – Rachel Held Evans A few years ago I began a project that I called a 40 Day Sabbath, or A Sabbath Experiment. In this experiment, I […]

Resource Junkie, Me.

I have always been a reader. I loooove to read. I – dare I say it – love school. Yes, there is even a family story about me jumping on my desk as a child to pronounce this love. Yes, inevitably, I have always been a nerd. This love of reading and learning has been […]

Growing Young Book Review

I am a youth minister because I love the church. One reason I fell in love with Growing Young from the first page was because it’s all about the church. It’s all about the intrinsic link of loving the church and loving young people. Not only is this a book with compelling statistics, it is […]

Growing Young, Chapter 8 Reflection

Growing Young in Your Context Context is critical. Never forget that while we may learn from the experiences of others, how what has been learned is lived out in your context will most likely look very different. A strength in one congregation’s experience with the “Growing Young Wheel” may be the commitment that is most […]

Growing Young, Chapter 7 Reflection

Be the Best Neighbors Churches that grow young recognize the careful dance that values both fidelity to Scripture’s commands for holiness and knowing and graciously loving their neighbors… Much more than developing detailed policies or releasing theological position papers, these churches train and infuse their young people with an integrated discipleship that enables them to […]

Growing Young, Chapter 6 reflection

Prioritize Young People (and Families) Everywhere This chapter is important because it cuts to the heart of it all. The idea of prioritizing young people and families remains just that in many churches, a nice idea that is an assumed reality without being followed up by intentional action. As someone who has dedicated their lives […]