Because We Loved You

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There’s a small verse in the New Testament, almost hidden inside the book of 1 Thessalonians. Paul writes words of heartfelt gratitude and perspective to a church he founded.

In 1 Thessalonians 2:8 he writes, “Because we loved you, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well. ”

Paul captures the heart of the church, relational ministry, and the depth of relationships in God’s family in one small verse. This verse, to me, has become an anthem of sorts as I consider the rich ministry I’ve been able to share with so many.

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Learning To Love: Thoughts On Faith Formation In Young People

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One of the questions that seems most prevalent in youth ministry circles–outside of “how many students are in your youth group”–is how do you know if a teenager is growing in their faith?

It seems most of us long for some definable or measurable way to record faith formation. And I wonder if this quest, though often rightly motivated and sincere, is missing an invaluable piece of the puzzle.

Because maybe measuring faith isn’t something that is so easy to detect…at least not in the way we want to measure it.

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Why Camps Matter

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It’s been a couple weeks since we finished our summer programming which included trips, events, and of course, camps. Towards the end of July, I had the chance to speak for a week at a camp as well. Needless to say, it’s been a busy and full summer.

Yet again, I was overwhelmed at how God uses camps to speak and guide students. After twelve years of youth ministry (with lots of camps and retreats), I’m convinced now, more than ever, of the importance and necessity of camps.

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Reflections On A Decade of Ministry

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This summer marks my tenth year in full-time ministry. I’m still not sure how that happened. A lot has changed over the years in my own thinking, processing, and understanding of ministry.

I decided to jot down some of my thoughts as I reflect on where I’ve been, and with God’s guidance, where I’m going.

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