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A Practical Look: Nurture and Mission of the Church

Finally, we emphasize the nurturing and serving function of Christian fellowship in the Church. The personal experience of faith is nourished by the worshiping. For Wesley there is no religion by t … [Read more...]

A Practical Look: Faith and Good Works

Good morning from Cleburne, TX! I am so glad to be writing you today and continuing our blog series on “A Practical Look at the Wesleyan Distinctive Emphases.” Let’s take a look at … [Read more...]

Excited to Announce My New Book!!!

Hey All! I am really excited to announce my new book Organic Student Ministry! Do you find other youth ministry programs promise you can “plug and play,” only to fall short of expectation, … [Read more...]

Would You Give Up Your Bed Tonight … If Doing So Could Change Someone’s Life?

Sleep Out for Youth Oasis Sleep Out   Imagine you are twelve to seventeen years old and you have nowhere to sleep tonight.  Imagine that you haven’t had a proper meal in a very long time.  That … [Read more...]

A Practical Look – Being Practically Preventible

  Grace. It’s a core part of who we are as United Methodists and personally as followers of Jesus Christ. As we begin to look at what it means to teach about Prevenient Grace in our youth … [Read more...]

How To Rock the Youth Minister Work Week

If I have learned anything over two decades of youth work within the church environment it is that that the church is one of the most unproductive places on earth. Yes, I said it. If you are a youth … [Read more...]

Wesleyan Distinctive’s: A Practical Look

For several years now I have had a nickname, The Methodork. Contrary to popular belief this was not a name that I gave myself, it was a name that youth of the Central Texas Conference referred to me … [Read more...]

SPARK Youth Ministry Conference January 8-15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

I am very excited to announce that the Youthworker Movement team in partnership with Southwestern College, The Institute for Discipleship, Be A Disciple, The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence, … [Read more...]

#celebrate Palm Sunday

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#seek right now

   “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29 … [Read more...]

Be your #truth

 “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss In life there is pressure to pretend to be something that you are not. … [Read more...]

Where Is Your Pen?

A number of years ago I began a practice during Lent to write 5 letters a day. Yes, writing letters.. Sounds crazy doesn’t it. If you want to put some stock into the youth ministry that you … [Read more...]

Proof-texting: To act justly and to love #mercy

What does it mean to proof-text? To proof text is to take a verse out of its context in order to establish your argument. Let’s face it, some verses just sound better than the text around it. … [Read more...]

3 ways to #celebrate you!

  I started a new canvas today so there’s no telling where this art is going, but for now it’s a simple reminder to Celebrate You! I’ve been reading a lot about pastoral … [Read more...]

Your #place is where your people are

  I spent my Thursday night at a Perkins School of Theology event, “Hops and Hermeneutics.” (That’s basically a fancy theology word for your perspective or worldview.) For a few … [Read more...]

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