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The challenge is preventing summer camp from being a one-week “adrenaline rush” experience. How do we take one of the best tools in our ministry toolbox to the next level? We need a plan for building on the decisions and the experiences to extend the benefits? Summer camp plays a vital role in the overall strategy of any student ministry.…

A key aspect of leadership is developing young leaders, training them to become what you already are. To be the mentor of future leaders is not only an exciting journey but a commission for believers. 2 Timothy 2:2 is our model and Jesus our example. My friend John Armstrong has captured the essences of this concept in the guest blog…

The graduation buzz is everywhere! Graduation invitations are arriving like political mailers during the presidential election. Depending on your region of the country, you may be winding down from or gearing up for graduations. The hotel I’m staying at this weekend in New Hampshire is overrun with graduates and parents preparing for graduation ceremonies. Last Wednesday I spoke at the…

Do you have any “life-changing” days in your personal memory bank? Can you remember decisions that altered the course of your life? Obviously, as believers, the day we said “Yes” to Jesus is one of those days. In my spiritual journey, I have others that have marked my life and altered my direction. May 11, 1975, may be just a…

This past week two of my spiritual mentors died on the same day. I had the privilege of preaching one of their funeral services. One of them led me to Christ and taught me how to preach, the other taught me how to live a genuine Christian life. Both of these men’s influence will continue into eternity because of the…

Choosing my top five books of the year is like deciding which piece of cheesecake to eat; I like pieces of all of them. Therefore, I have added the disclaimer, “So Far.” I reserve the right to change my mind or to recommend one of the other books if I think it might be a better fit for your situation.…

“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together!” My friend and quintessential networker, Paul Fleischmann, in his book Better Together, sited this African Proverb. It is a perfect illustration of Influential Networking. Whether you call it networking, partnering, connecting, collaborating, or just plain “working together,” the reality is we can do more…

This...is the generation that seeks Him, that seeks Your face. Psalm 26:6 Why do students give up sleep, leaving the comfort of their beds every week to join friends for prayer before going to school? They come together to “watch and pray” as the scriptures command. After a brief time in the scriptures, they focus on praying for friends, teachers,…

Good leaders share ideas, but exceptional leaders facilitate opportunities. Leaders who constantly have to be the idea person, center of attention, or “credit hog” will rob their team of opportunities to: Contribute Fail Grow Bond Believe Gordon Leidner in his book, The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton, addresses this concisely when he says, “The art of turning followers into leaders encompasses…

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