Ideas to Survive a Lock-In

As a kid who grew up going to youth group, I’m sure I went to 4 or 5 all-nighters by the time I was 17.  I remember sneaking around late at night and having one of my pastors chase me down the hallway. Fast forward to when I was 22. By that time, I was a youth...

Re-purposed, Not Out

“This isn’t fair!” I hate to admit it, but sometimes I feel like these words are running on repeat over and over again in my head every time I watch my husband walk out the door for another youth event. It doesn’t matter what it is, a devotion, lunch date, meeting, or...

Relational Ministry is Vital for your Teenagers

Today, I picked up my son from preschool and we headed into the country. There is a wildlife refuge a half-hour north of our home and I like to take him up there from time to time to get out, run around, and count how many ducks, geese, and pheasants we can spot. He...

Relational Ministry is Vital for You

I’m going to take an opportunity to confess something – I blow it in ministry a lot. I am often hypocritical and selfish and really good at not practicing what I preach. Summer of 2016, I broke one of my cardinal rules that I ask of every speaker or volunteer I...