I Believe In Young People

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I’ve had the joy of working with students for about twelve years now. My time has been spent in different contexts, with students from all walks of life ranging from junior high and high school students, to college and young adult. I’ve had the chance to speak to students at camps and conferences, and work with students living in other parts of the world.

And I’ve come to the same conclusion in each context: I believe in young people.

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Graduations and Transitions and the Bittersweet nature of it all

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It’s that time of the year again. The fateful season of graduations and farewells and transitions and the beautiful, but bittersweet reality of moving on. It’s the same dynamic every year, and yet it continuously catches me by surprise. Transitions are never easy, but they are a vital part of life.

In youth ministry, we simultaneously celebrate and mourn during graduation season. As hard as it is to say goodbye, we also celebrate the reality that the future is here and it’s time to embrace it.

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Friends in Ministry

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Conferencing again

I’ve been in full-time ministry for about nine years now. Over the years, I’ve realized how easy it is to get lost doing my own thing, rigidly focused on tasks and obligations that I miss out on what’s happening around me. But there is something incredible that happens when we choose to work together in ministry.

Recently, I’ve been reminded about the importance of fellowship, partnerships, and the beauty of the church working together.

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Uber Rides, Learning Your Barista’s Name, and Genuine Human Connection

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A long time ago, back before many of us were a twinkle or a speck or a tiny fig newton in our parent’s minds, a book came out called “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” I first heard about the book several years ago, but only recently read the thing when a friend told me about it. Then NPR did a special on the book, and I read it again.

How to Win Friends and Influence People talks about the wonderful art of connecting with others, regardless of our personality or temperament.

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