3 Reasons Why Every Youth Pastor Should Substitute Teach At Least Once

Since my retirement from full time youth pastoring and trying to make a career of speaking, coaching and writing; I’ve been trying to keep my youth ministry skills fresh. One way I’ve chosen to do that is through substitute teaching at a middle school. Let me begin by saying, teachers do not get paid enough.…

The Gift of Trust

Fear of the unknown can create panic attacks, but I’d rather have trust than knowledge. We’d all like to know what God will do and how he will do it. To have such knowledge would diminish our trust in God or even make trusting God irrelevant. I’m glad I can’t make God do what I…

The Drowning Moment

There’s a reason everyone doesn’t jump out of a boat like Peter did, the fear of drowning. We fear jumping from what is comfortable and safe to something dangerous. Yes, Jesus is on the water, but we wonder if we can make it all the way to him without almost drowning. The answer is no,…

Stand In Your Moment

“My 30 minutes of writing is where I join hands with the millions of others (authors) who came before me, to put my work into the world like those who came before them” – Tim Grahl I heard Tim say this at a conference. It brought such a sense of solidarity to my effort and…

How Can The Church Make A Difference In The Community: Three Keys

I attended the TRIBE conference this past weekend, hosted by Jeff Goins, and a speaker used an illustration I had heard before. He began with, “What is the the most valuable land in the world?” Several possible answers included the oil rich lands of Saudi Arabia, the gold mines of South Africa, the real estate…

Submerged:How Deep Is Your Youth Ministry?

Would you like to find out how deep your youth ministry is when it comes to disciple making? Submerged Sessions are meant to show you and your students where everyone is at tin the pool. It will show you who's in the shallow end, waist deep, neck deep and submerged/ More importantly, it lays out a process for how to get you kids from the kiddie pool to the deep end of faith. 

Lessons include 

  • messages and slides
  • pool simulation/illustration instructions
  • graphics