Can I Trust You?

Do you want your service for the Lord to last an entire lifetime? I know that many of us think that ministry hinges on teaching ability, musical excellence, or creativity. We may think that our ministries will succeed because of how much we love on…

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Dirty Words in Relational Youth Ministry

It is no surprise that the key to incredible youth ministry is relationships. Without relationships, everything we do in student ministry would be a rigid boot camp of behavior modification and countless lists of self-help mantras. In order to set ourselves up for success, however,…

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Authentic Lives = Authentic Commitment

I like stats. As a kid, I clipped San Diego Padres box scores and kept them in a notebook. It was quite a mediocre collection, but I could tell you up-to-the-second stats on my hero Steve Garvey and other favorites like Tony Gwynn, Kevin McReynolds,…

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Relational Worship Leading

Many people ask me what the most important things are to remember when leading worship for students.  Some think it is important to choose fast, upbeat, and exciting songs. While I think song selection is important, there are a number of other things I would…

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How Do I Know?

A few weeks ago, a student at camp posed one of the most difficult and mature questions with which many of us have pondered and likely struggled: How do I know God’s will? It’s a difficult question to answer for everyone, not just teenagers or…

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