A Note to Those Who Work With Youth and Children

To all who work with youth and children (volunteers, staff, pastors), A few years ago I planted a seed with my then 5 year old. After planting, for the next month he wanted to know everyday why he didn’t see anything, even though we watered it and took care of it.  I told him to be patient, that eventually it would grow and bloom.  But it’s hard to be patient. You are seed planters....
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Beyond Skills Training: Leadership as Answering Call

Leadership is a popular term everywhere today.  Everyone wants to be a leader.  Every training offered is labeled “leadership training” to instill a sense of importance and value.  (I’m first in line to admit guilt here.)  We want to train leaders in our churches; we see leadership development as vital to the future of our institution.  But is leadership training the answer...
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Calling in the Midst of Community

So who's cloud are you in? Who are you nurturing, and praying for, and loving, and giving opportunities to realize the spark of the Spirit at work in his or her life? It's a question I realize I need to ask myself more often.
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Thoughts On Empowering Leadership

Do you value people? I mean, really value them? Do you look at each person and appreciate their uniqueness and giftedness to serve God and His people? One of the important jobs of a leader is investing in and empowering other leaders. Being an empowering leader involves valuing the person God has made them to be, and investing in the lives of people to: Help them realize they are uniquely...
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Ministry with Young Adults 101

In the last month I’ve been blessed to be in conversation with over 100 United Methodist local church leaders around Indiana on the topic of leadership and engagement of young adults.  Again and again I’ve been asked questions about how to find young adults, how to make them feel welcome, how to offer ministry programs that engage them and encourage them to return.  In the midst of...
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Potential to Change the World

What if even in the midst of the most challenging times in ministry we walked into the room or our office or the sanctuary and said, “These people, by their very baptism into Christ’s holy church, have the potential to change the world.” Would it change our ministry? Encourage hope? Move us from negative thinking to seeing possibility?
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