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
My One Word for 2014 was "New" and my prayer in choosing that word was that God would "make all things new in me" in 2014. God answered that prayer BIG TIME. I got married in 2014. Gina and I have been navigating "new" for the last 8 months. It has been an amazing journey … Continue reading One Word 365 – 2014