Parents, Youth Ministry and Change

My church is currently shifting to a family-integrated emphasis, doing away with the Youth Pastor position. Instead we will focus on equipping and training parents to disciple their children as we believe God intended. At least that’s the plan. The church I received Christ in did not have a youth pastor. We had just about everything else. Kids sat with their parents and if the … Continue reading Parents, Youth Ministry and Change

The Horrific Theological Implications of a Holding a Grudge

Yes, the title is long. But as I was loading the dishwasher, a thought came to me as I asked God why I cannot “let things go” when I get offended about something someone has said or done to me. I really felt that the Holy Spirit showed me the following: 1.) Jesus’ death on the cross dealt with both the power of sin and … Continue reading The Horrific Theological Implications of a Holding a Grudge

Jesus, the Ultimate Disciple Maker

After journeying through the gospels to see how Jesus made disciples during His earthly ministry, I saw the following: Invitation—–>Declaration——->Demonstration——–>Multiplication———>Imitation (thanks to Pastor Scott for this one)   I’ll spend the next few posts explaining each of these. The little bootleg diagram in no way suggests that Jesus was all about the linear process of disciple making. In fact, several of these often occurred simultaneously … Continue reading Jesus, the Ultimate Disciple Maker

10 Awesome Things I Learned From Church As a Kid

Slightly different from last night: 1. Activities outside of worship services 2. A respect for hymns (yeah, I think hymns still rock) 3. Inter-generational friendships 4. Good Sunday school teachers (they impacted my perspective toward the teaching ministry more than anyone else growing up) 5. Decent kids program 6. Faithful participation of the senior saints (who are now passing away) 7. Children participating in the … Continue reading 10 Awesome Things I Learned From Church As a Kid

10 Things I Hated About Church As a Kid

What bugged me as a young PK growing up in the eighties? 10. Deacons sitting in special chairs in chairs up front facing the congregation. Two words: worship police. 9. Hobby-horse sermons that always focused on the evils of girls wearing shorts-shorts. Do I really need to go there? 8. Ordination by association. I saw guys with unproven character get licensed and ordained like that … Continue reading 10 Things I Hated About Church As a Kid

Discipleship and Leaders

“If there’s a mist in the pulpit, there’s a fog in the pew.” At least that’s what a spiritual father of mine use to warn years ago whenever we talked about leadership and discipleship issues in the church. With the plethora of church conferences and leadership conferences to assuage any leader’s inner guru, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of systems, leadership … Continue reading Discipleship and Leaders