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 […]

Concrete Disciple – Understanding a Concrete Thinker

How concrete is a middle schooler? When I pick my sports team I factor in abstract things such as where they are from (hometown loyalty baby) who is on the team, the skill level of those on the team, etc. However, I recently had a conversation with a soon to be seventh grader on his […]

Trusting God and Trusting Parents – An Apology

This is a difficult one for me to write. But I realize in the past five years God has really shaped me and taught me a lot. When I started my journey in youth ministry I was young and thought I could do it all. I thought I was the best one to do it […]

Fifth Quarter & Middle Schoolers – Beyond the Event

So I started doing this little thing…which many churches do. I don’t claim to be the inventor. Lots of people do it lots of ways. But I’m going to blog some thoughts and ideas specifically on Fifth Quarter for Middle School Students. This post is a few basic understandings of the mindset I give our team each […]