Concrete Disciple: No Other gods Before Me

“You shall have no other gods before me” – Exodus 20:3 Idolatry is not something we like to talk about…because we don’t struggle with it, right? And yet, as I scroll through my social media feeds I realize that we (myself included) are sorely confused. We assume because we don’t have this honking carved stone […]

Concrete Disciple – The Struggle

In Matthew 28, Jesus is clear in the command he gives his disciples, which echoes down to us. And as disciples, whether we are 62 years in age or 12 years in age, we too are commanded to make disciples. So what does that look like for a middle school student? Specifically in context of being […]

When the church needs Grace

I remember thinking working in a church would be easy. Maybe not easy – but I certainly didn’t think it would be this difficult. I liked to believe a community of people gathered together who claimed Christ would be a good representation of the One they claimed to follow. But as I looked closer and […]

Trust in Weakness

I must admit – I tend to struggle with trusting God. And I didn’t really even realize it. Its not so much struggling with God not being who he says he is – but rather I realized I had a limited view of God. I was not in awe of God and was instead looking at God […]

The Waiting Game

One of the most difficult parts of creating disciples, specifically of middle school students, is that it requires a lot of waiting. And a lot of patience. Because middle school students are so finicky as they move from 11 year old concrete thinkers to 14+ year old abstract thinkers, discipleship looks a lot different than […]

When the Grass Seems Greener

I must admit – I have easily been snared by the grass that looks greener, by the barn that seems fuller, by the ministry that appears better than what I have. I am easily deceived – but to what end? Green grass looks really good for the moment – but if it quickly fades to […]

When the Still Sinner Shows Up to Youth Group

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person-though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:6-8 […]

Concrete Disciple – Outside the Box

So I am super pumped about our middle school students. I work with a great staff and a great team of leaders. As we are gearing up for this year we aren’t forsaking small groups but we’re really striving to create concrete disciples. We aren’t forsaking a programming model (middle schoolers need programs…seriously. Organic middle […]

Concrete Disciple – Middle Schoolers on Mission

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20 So what does it look like for a middle school student to be a […]

Concrete Disciple – 3 Questions to Ask

I’ve had the privilege these past few days to take a few middle school students out for coffee or ice cream – which isn’t unusual in my last five years of ministry. What is unusual is how God has been reshaping my mindset of ministering to middle school students. He has laid upon my heart […]