What We Really Need

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There has been an unbelievable amount of tragedy lately. Death. Racism. Innocence crushed. Valuable lives lost. Everywhere you look, it seems, there is another headline broadcasting yet another painful event.

Amidst these horrific events we are left broken, confused, angry, doubtful, shocked, outraged, and deeply saddened. There’s been a lot of talk and opinions expressed. There’s been ideas and thoughts exchanged. Brilliant minds are wondering what can we do and how we can fix things. But I think we need to remember one important thing.

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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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Youth Ministry and the Celtic Way of Evangelism

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Every once in a while, you read a book that completely floors you. I’m talking choking, gasping for air, because the wind was knocked out of you. The Celtic Way of Evangelism was one of the books. It has dramatically changed the way I think about church and ministry. I’ve re-read the book several times–because that’s what you do with good books–and continue to find fresh insights and applications for ministry. I’ve even attempted to structure our youth ministry based on the findings of the book.

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What are we known for?

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I’ve been thinking in surveys and polls recently–which I know is sort of a weird thing to admit–however, my fascination with surveys and group studies is founded in a question. I’ve been wondering what single characteristic most people would say defines their church or ministry. Moreover, if someone came to your church or ministry gathering for the first time, what would stick out to them? What would be their main takeaway?

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