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Matt’s eyes were huge as he entered the conference. The sea of youth leaders in one location exceeded his expectations. He felt confident this would be the place to discover the qualities of the "Perfect Leader for Student Ministry." The plan had been to interview enough student leaders in three days to build a profile of the “Perfect Leader.”  His…

Matt quickly realized not everyone in his Youth Ministry Philosophy 101 class shared the same burden for students. This became crystal clear as he sat sipping his latte with several new friends after class in the school coffee shop. The conversation concerning future ministry opportunities was enlightening. Steve, one of the more animated students in the class, began the conversation.…

Matt settled into his Youth Ministry Philosophy 101 class and discovered many of his predetermined assumptions were being challenged. He began facing the realization that “doing student ministry” was more than simply running meetings and activities. Up until this point his ministry had just happened, now he was confronted with the truth of “Intentional Ministry.” He was open to this…

Matt arrived early for class brimming with anticipation. As a youth major he realized the importance of acquiring fresh educational insights along with practical experience. He desired to establish a balanced approach to student ministry. He knew every class would play a role in helping him become an effective student minister. Matt had spent time identifying the top two priorities…

As a boy my friends and I would make pretend guns, run across pretend battlefields, fly pretend planes and take pretend casualties. We were children playing a game, totally oblivious to the fact that real soldiers get wounded and die. Perhaps we have lulled ourselves into believing that we have no enemy. I wonder if this might be one of…

Arriving at the Orlando Airport for my 7 pm speaking engagement, I checked my phone for a reply to my request for details. Neither of my emails to the 20-something coordinator had resulted in a reply. On the tram from the satellite terminal to baggage claim I tried the cell number again, but there was no answer. In my frustration…

Meeting people with a passion for student ministry energizes me. Knowing they understand the struggles of youth work while maintaining a long-range vision for the rewards of their investment is refreshing. I enjoy late night talks, Starbucks coffee breaks, discussions after a conference seminar - or anywhere else I can connect with student leaders. I always come away challenged to…

When I was young I would visit my Grandmother, staying with her for days on end. I loved being there because she made me pound cake with chocolate syrup for breakfast. (Yeah, I have always been into health food.) She played the role of grandparent very well. I got away with things my parents would have never approved. However, her…

Understanding your audience is one of the first rules of communication. Yet we have all endured off-topic sermons or lectures which missed their target audience by a decade or two. It is vital we be conscientious in the research and preparation of our content. However, understanding the people to whom we intend to deliver the content is imperative as well.…

I know it is against the law to give “Insider Investment Tips” but I just can’t restrain myself. I probably should not be so bold as to publish them on the internet but this information is critical and time sensitive. I don’t want you to miss the opportunity of this “Investment of a Lifetime” to make your “Investment in a Life.” I knew I had…

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