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Pursuing the Next Generation Part Two

We only have a short window of time to pursue the next generation. To best pursue them, we must first understand them, and then be willing to rethink our methods, but never our mission.


Pursuing The Next Generation Part One

Pursuing the next generation has to be one of our main missions. It has to be mission that never changes its heart, but must change its delivery.


The Value of Staying Put

We live in a world that emphasizes short-term commitments and where endurance is not a requirement. Yet the reality is this: We need a core of committed workers who can go the distance. If you’re in a difficult season and obstacles seem to block your vision, consider the value of staying put. Look at these key principles and see what God has in store for you.


Chase the Lion Made Personal

Chase the Lion, by Mark Batterson, is a clarion call to action. It will help you find your dream and resolve to accomplish it no matter what the cost.


How Churches Grow Young

Multiple studies highlight that 40 to 50 percent of youth group seniors—like the young people in your church—drift from God and the faith community after they graduate from high school. Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin cite this statistic at the outset of their new book, "Growing Young." The statistic alarmed me both because I am a minister concerned about trends that affect the church and also because I am a father concerned about the faith journeys of my own children. If you share my concerns, I encourage you to read this book, which outlines “6 essential strategies to help young people discover and love your church,” as the book’s subtitle puts it.


Untrained Volunteers

In my past four decades of ministry to children, I’ve been blessed to serve alongside some of the best volunteers on this planet. While serving with, and being a volunteer, I’ve discovered two truths. First, volunteers long for care. Second, volunteers will not reach their full potential without training.