In ministry we must care about each individual in our flock, sphere of influence, and circle of care, because every single person matters to God. … More WHY SPECIFIC CARE OF EVERY STUDENT MATTERS
In a world that has been rocked by a pandemic, it is time for student pastors in particular to strongly consider what we give value to in our ministries and how we measure success. Show me what numbers you track and I’ll tell you what matters most to you. … More THE NUMBERS GAME: WHAT MATTERS TO US IN MINISTRY?
There is a simple, free way to improve mental health: put down the phone, and do something else. Jean M Twenge In a 2019 research study of tweens (8-12 year olds) and teenagers Common Sense Media uncovered an astonishing data point: on average, the amount of daily screen use by teenagers is 7 hours and … More Put Your Phones Down
In November I officiated my first wedding. It was a wedding between a black man and a white woman, two beautiful young souls that I love dearly. The invitation to officiate came on the heals of a sermon I was asked to preach 6 months earlier on the Image of God and Racial Reconciliation. If … More Leaning in, Listening, Learning, and Loving.
Jodi and I spent a couple of hours seeing our baby doctor yesterday. Specifically, this was a checkup where we had extensive time in the sonogram room, seeing our little Sutton in real time as she was being measured for a ton of different growth and development data. Side note: Seeing your daughter yawn inside … More Practical Thoughts on the Christian and Social Distancing
In my 10 years of Student Ministry I have started in new positions or churches 5 times. Many of these new beginnings came in an intern or associate role, where I was to more-or-less just fall in line, but others came in more official capacities. Over the course of my time in ministry I have come to the conclusion that … More Starting Well in a New Ministry
My life changed on June 17, 2017. My wife and I welcomed our first child into the world, a beautiful, bubbly, sassy little bundle of joy, named Sloane. Sloane did what babies do: rocked our daily routine and forged a new norm for our family. Adjusting to the new norm was equally painful and prosperous, … More How I Aim to Lead Adult Volunteers, Part 1
Tomorrow, January 1, 2017 will be my last day as the Minister to Students at Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne, Texas. As of Tuesday, January 3, 2017, I will be on the ground as the new Student Minister at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Sunday will, no doubt, be a bittersweet … More Closing Chapter, New Beginning
Do you want to change the world? A disciplemaker is a multiplier. A disciplemaker makes disciples who make more disciples, who make more disciples, etc. As he makes disciples who make disciples, eventually the Lord uses his obedience to create a “disciplemaking tree.” This summer I had the privilege of taking 45 students and 10 … More Simple Math
I spent this past Friday night in a room with nearly a hundred teenagers, from many backgrounds and denominations, worshipping King Jesus together. That statement alone is enough to celebrate with tremendous joy; what made this past Friday special is that I was not only worshipping alongside of teenagers, but I was led into the … More A Sustainable Model of Student Ministry