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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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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Sabbath Delight

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Sprinkled throughout the Scriptures is this profound teaching on a day that’s unlike an other day. It’s called the Sabbath. Most of us brush past these verses and insights, wondering if this has anything to do with us.

But I’ve been rethinking the role of the Sabbath in my life. God gave His people a gift in this day of rest and we’d do well to pay attention to our own Sabbath rhythm.

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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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