Spiritual Growth

The Movement Hasn’t Passed You By

The movement of Jesus Christ hasn’t passed you by. You may not be a superstar – who cares? There’s only supposed to be One! This is the movement of Jesus Christ. How dare we pastors or worship leaders or authors hijack His glory. How dare anybody think that we’re going to come and we’re going…

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The Best Leaders Are The Closest Followers

Everyone – male or female, pastor, children’s worker, youth pastor, executive pastor – whatever leadership role you have, I just wanted to remind you that every Christian leader is first and foremost a Christian follower. Every one of us is called primarily to be WITH Jesus, to follow Jesus, to be disciples before we are…

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Kick The Dog

Let’s face it, as much as some of us love the holidays, they are not always easy. As the year winds down and the holiday season winds up, depression and anxiety tend to rise in our society. Things such as the loss of a loved one, financial stress, and other things are felt more acutely…

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5 Ways To Achieve Longevity in Ministry

I’m a 53-year-old youth pastor. Most of the jokes at our youth ministry involve my baldness. I’m glad to give the students an easy target for their underdeveloped, juvenile sense of humor. Considering that our 19-year-old worship leader looks like a cross between Fabio and Samson, making fun of me for my high-gloss sheen is…

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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, study, converse or even consider…

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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 enough time. Enter podcasts. The…

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