Five Gifts to Give Visitors This Christmas

You may think of dinner around the table, Mom’s cookies, a football game, and off-key carols when you think of your best Christmas memories; but admit it, you like the gifts too. We all enjoy the mystery behind the bow, the thoughtfulness of the gift, and the love that offered…

4 Ways To Reach The Next Generation Right Now

Despair has a permeant address deep in his gut. Everything he reads paints the picture that it’s his fault and the damage has been done. He knows something must change, but in the church that seems less likely than addressing the issue itself.  If he were honest, he doesn’t want to read,…

Post It! The question I get asked the most about social media.

We leverage a simple social media strategy at Grace Free Church and it has led to exponential growth in our numbers. More importantly, it has expanded the reach and influence of the Gospel to the 118 thousand people in our county. While having a strategy and following through on that strategy…

5 of The Best Leadership Podcasts for Youth Pastors

I enjoy reading. I go against the grain as a millennial because I like holding a physical book in one hand and a pen in the other. But with the demands of life (ministry, young kids, and the never-ending supply of leaves falling on my freshly-raked lawn), there’s just not…

When your values get pressure tested.

On the continuum of risk averse to risk seeker, I’m a risk taker when it comes to my phone. For years I’ve been carrying around a case-free phone enjoying the smooth, slim design that easily fits in my hand and slides into my pocket. Then, I dropped it in some…

The Church and Social Media

At its best, social media is all about establishing connections and building community. At its worst, social media is all about gaining followers and wasting time. Whatever way you spin it, social media is still the most popular and pervasive mode of communication. That leaves churches with a dilemma –…

5 Things Your Number Two Needs From You.

At 33 years-old, I have now spent about half of my life devoted to student ministries. I started serving as a small group leader as a junior in high school, and for the past 16 years, I’ve continued to serve in various capacities within this realm. Not long after I…

The Dandelion Effect

I have a nemesis. And it’s a dandelion that refuses to give up. This particular dandelion has made its home between the driveway and our house. Seriously, how does that even happen? There is no dirt of any kind to support a root system. I FAITHFULLY pull that weed out, but because…

The Danger of Being Comfortable “Doing Church”

I don’t remember when I first joined social media, but I did so because several of my college friends had joined and it was a great way to connect with them. We initially reminisced about mission trips, funny times at different churches we ministered at and all of our blooper moments…

How to combat the logic of anger.

We’ve all had a run in with anger. We carry the scars from each infraction, often responding to the personal injustice with harsh words at a high volume, slander, annoyance or avoidance of the person and the problem. The struggle is real. But so is the doctrine of grace. The…

7 ideas for leading with a towel.

What would you say is one of the single most impactful moments in leadership history? Is it one of George Washington’s great conquests? What about one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s amazing messages or demonstrations? Could it be Moses leading God’s people out of Egypt and to the rim…

Stretch the Sheep

In middle and high school, there are typically teachers whom students avoid like the plague – teachers whose names are synonymous with high expectations and low grades. For me, that teacher was Mrs. Slaughter. No…I’m not making that up; her name really was Slaughter. And, as you can imagine, it…

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