Leadership Category

Shhh, the Pastor’s Coming!

Most of the time I love being a pastor, but there are some things about the role that can be very frustrating. One of them (speaking for myself anyways) is when people act differently around me than they do in normal life, simply because I’m a “pastor”. Being in youth ministry, I see this all […]

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Table For Three, Please

It came to light recently that Vice President Mike Pence does not eat alone with women who are not his wife, nor does he attend events that serve alcohol without her present. Well, actually this was known back in 2002 but it has since resurfaced—you know, just in time to blow the whole thing up. Pence’s […]

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Two Leadership Pitfalls to Avoid

Like many things in life, leadership styles tend to default toward extremes. Just as a person needs to balance things like hard work and rest, seriousness and levity, intellect and emotion, so leaders need to guard their leadership from falling into equal but opposite dangers. The Timid Leader Some leaders are simply too timid. Part […]

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5 Simple Ways Dads Can Lead Their Families

Fatherhood is a high calling. Scripture places the responsibility to lead a family on the shoulders of the husband and father of a household, and therefore all men who desire to see their family flourish and grow in faith must take their assignment seriously. It can be a daunting task, but in reality, being a […]

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Understanding Teens and Their Emotional Bank Accounts

Disclaimer – I write “Leadership Moments” for the volunteers at my church who work in the youth ministry. Each Leadership Moment is meant to equip the everyday youth worker with the knowledge and skills they need to disciple teens as best as they can. Because these articles are for people I know personally and meant […]

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A Plea For Theologically Rich Youth Ministries

Youth ministry has come a long way over the past 20 or 30 years. Fading fast are the models of ministry that were heavy on entertainment and light on truth. I am glad for this! There’s nothing wrong with having fun in youth ministry; in fact, I think it should have elements of fun. But we know […]

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Making a Case for 45-Minute Sermons

In the church that I serve as youth pastor, we regularly schedule a 45-minute time slot for the Sunday sermon. By some standards, this is normal. By many standards, this is very long. But there are only a handful of people in our congregation who object to that length of time. In fact, yesterday I preached […]

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Sample Youth Worker Job Description

Here is what we currently use for our volunteer youth workers as their job description. Feel free to take and use whatever you’d like! SPIRITUAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEERS Being an effective leader requires both character and competence. We believe having one without the other destroys the effectiveness of any leader. Competence is having the skills […]

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Loud and Clear!

I hate politics. We’re hitting that time when everything everywhere is saturated with political jargon, candidate commercials, and party flyers in the mail. I hate it. I always have, and I suspect I always will. Not that there isn’t a place for politics, because there is. And not that it’s not important, because it is. […]

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On Why I Write

I first started this website back in January of 2012 as a New Year’s resolution. Since then, I have made it my aim to write at least one article per month, which I have only missed once in the past three years. In addition to these articles (which now total over 140), I have spent […]

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