Be Strong and Courageous: A Prayer for Graduations and Transitions

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This time of the year is always bittersweet for me. As our church prepares for graduations and transitions, we reflect on the memories we’ve had with students, but also prepare to send them onward.

Over the years, this has only gotten more difficult as we watch the young ones we’ve lived life with prepare for what is next. But during this time of the year, I’m reminded of the importance of these bittersweet moments. They are a reminder that life is made up of transitions and new beginnings.

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Humility In Leadership

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Somewhat recently, I was asked what I believed to be the most important trait of a successful leader. There are lot’s of ways to answer this question, of course, but I’m convinced one of them is the vital role of humility.

Humble leaders are impactful leaders. Humble leaders are empowering leaders. This is true in any business venture, but it is especially and profoundly powerful in the church.

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The Presence In The Absence

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Lately, I’ve been acutely aware of both the presence and absence of God. There are days when God feels present in the whole thing, like I couldn’t escape Him if I tried. Other times, however, He seems aloof and nowhere to be found.

It’s like David Crowder once sang, “Sometimes you’re further than the moon; sometimes you’re closer than my skin.” How do we reconcile this feeling of nearness and distance? Partly, I believe, is a recognition that there is a presence even in absence.

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The Sweet Spot in Youth Ministry: Students Leading Students

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Something special happens when students are given leadership opportunities. I’ve been a big believer in this for many years, seeking out ways to equip and empower students.

Like many things in life and ministry, good thoughts are not enough to make it happen. It takes an intentionality to make it work. Here are some thoughts on working with student leaders.

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