I remember days gone by, where my son would crawl up on a chair or sofa, jump off into my arms. He would crawl back up over and over again, squealing joyfully... Do it again Daddy! Do it again! When I was a freshman in college, I went off to Bible college, wild-eyed and ready … Continue reading Do it again…
Sunday night, we kicked off a brand new, two week Christmas series with your students. "Christmas in Disguise" is designed to talk about the stuff we don't often talk about around the holidays - the messy stuff. It is all about those awkward moments that don't feel much like the hope and joy that Jesus … Continue reading Christmas in Disguise: Week 1
Parenting teens is hard work. When I was 22 years old, fresh out of Bible College, I lived in this dream world. I remembered my not long abandoned teen years like some dream sequence in a movie. In this dream, I was a perfect child. My parents never had to discipline me and I never … Continue reading FAQ | How can I help?
70% of students will leave the church for at least one year after leaving our student ministries, regardless of how involved they have been (http://feeds.feedburner.com/cnlpodcast - episode 69). Let that sink in - 70%... Two things come to my mind, knowing that: Why do I even try? Seriously, if you are invested in NextGen and … Continue reading Where do we go from here?
Over the past several years, as New Year's Eve approached, I would pray and consider a word that I thought that God wanted to work in and through for the year to come. This year, I'm doing something different. As I prayed, I felt like God was asking me to focus on Him more - … Continue reading 2016:Discovering more of God
My ministry to students has changed in the last year or so. Before I had a teenage daughter in my ministry I looked at parents differently. I didn't understand why it was so hard. Discipling their teens, that is. Now that I come from the other side of this scenario, I understand the struggle. Often, … Continue reading What’s our end-game?
Several years ago, I gave up on resolutions. I never kept them and there were always too many to really attain. The list gets so long and honestly a year is just too short. If we look at our lives with real clarity and understand how discipleship really happens, we realize that God doesn't ask … Continue reading My One Word for 2015