In Defense of Over Analyzing

I was sitting with my daughter the other day having lunch. I mentioned that the triple caramel shake i ordered was not “caramelly” enough. Somehow the conversation evolved into my ability to over analyze things. I debated her of course but in the end she was right; but is that such a bad thing? Reflecting…

Agreeing On The Word Success

Success is a word that is truly open to interpretation. There is maybe no greater discrepancy of this word than between a pastor (or committee) and their youth pastor. Let me show you what the differences might look like Their version of success means: You reach a lot of kids Your version: I reached one kid. THAT…

Go Blow Some Leaves

As a full time youth worker, I sometimes I spent to much time in the office. Too much time in the office leads to more paper work and less inspiration. As I started to get our more, my creativity increased. Manual labor takes  me away from the mundane and gets me foccused on one task, like…

Team Building Advice from Uzziah

Here are some Team building Tips from Uzziah “He went to war against the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod. He then rebuilt towns near Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites.…

The Draft For Youth Workers

We care about rankings and who gets chosen and in what order. Did you get excited or groan at the recent NFL draft?  Did your team make a good choice? You could hear the cheers and jeers from fans in the  gallery. They voiced their opinions at the choices their leaders make. What about you?…

Turning Teens Pain Into Purpose

I’ve seen a series of stories lately about teenagers making a difference. The latest story I saw was about girl with a painful knee condition. The only time she had relief was when she was laying down and reading. She said, ” “When I read, it’s a real escape,” Bearup says. “I try to take myself…

What’s Your Story?

I love a good story. I love stories because  I can’t tell jokes. Everything for me that is funny is in a story. My youth group likes to hear stories about my younger days because much of it is humorous. I like to tell the tragic parts because it involves God’s grace. I’ve been thinking…