Discipleship is the hardest, least sexiest, most frustrating part of youth ministry but it reaps the greatest rewards. Too often youth worker are busy just trying to survive unreasonable pastors, parents, and church members to develop a strategy to disciple kids. We often let camp, retreats, and conferences do this for us. Kids who modifyd their behavior so they can be accepted within the spiritual community is not a disciple of Jesus, they are a follower of the program. They nod their head, raise their hands, and say amen at the right time. So, their will be no short cuts, no soft words, no warning triggers, just the truth along with the best ideas, resources and strategies to give you the best chance of developing life-long followers of Jesus.
I know youth workers make an impact, because youth workers made an impact on me. Growing up, I had three youth pastors who all impacted me in different ways. My first youth pastor led me to the Lord and taught me the basics of faith. The second encouraged my love of reading and gave me a passion to study the Bible, and the third youth pastor imparted to me a heart for reaching out those who do not know Christ.
I married the beautiful Kim Turner from Birmingham, Al. , and have three great kids – Haley, Bryan, and Jon. We love playing Phase 10 together and eating at Cracker Barrel.
When I’m not doing ministry or hanging out with my family, I can probably be found creating resources for youth leaders. Outside of running The Disciple Project, I also write music bible studies for Interlinc’s Youth Leader Only. I also love playing board games. As far as sports go, I’m an avid fan of the New York Giants and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
I have been serving in youth ministry for over 25 years and am currently the youth pastor at Pleasant Grove Assembly in Birmingham, Al.
I have worked in mostly Assembly of God churches but did serve a year in the Methodist church.
I have been a writer for the past 15 years with articles appearing in Youth Worker Journal.
I am a contributor to the Youth Specialties blog
I am a writer Interlinc, a music based bible study curriculum.
I speak yearly at Life For Youth Camp for a week in the summer (for the past 13 years) and two retreats in the winter.
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I can recommend Paul without hesitation. He is a solid thinker, an excellent practitioner, and an all around good guy. I routinely am challenged by what Paul has to say, and, as he can attest, have turned to him quite often for feedback and input on a variety of youth ministry related issues. Paul is an excellent voice when it comes to discipleship in general, and youth ministry in specific.
Andy Banks- Co-Founder of youthministry360, a youth ministry resource provider dedicated to serving and equipping youth workers.
I used materials that Paul had written for my youth ministry. The material was easy to was well written, easy to use and the teens enjoyed it very much. The goal I had for the material was to encourage the teens to think outside of the box and that goal was met.
Paul has been a member of the interlinc WriteGroup for many years. His contributions to this very important “think tank” and curriculum development team have been extremely creative, on-time, and expert as it relates to users of our resources (ie those who work directly in ministry to high school and middle school students). Paul’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious.
Allen Weed, Owner Interlinc
Paul knows his business and is willing to share his experience/knowledge with others. If you work with students at any level, then Paul is a great resource. His website/blog is helpful and thought provoking.
Barry Bridges Applications System Programmer / System Analyst – Lead at UTHSCSA
Rick Bundschuh– Pastor at Kauai Christian Fellowship