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How to Focus on People not Programs

We place a high value on programs. We focus a lot of our energy on church programs, camps, retreats, worship services, and many other things that keep us occupied at church. While these things aren't bad things, they can become bad if they become our focus. We could...

5 Lessons from Apple

Last week, Steve Jobs held a presentation for Apple to announce some new stuff they were to offer, including a movie store on iTunes and upgrades to the iPods. He also gave a sneak peek of something they are working on for next year. Whether you're a Mac or PC person,...

Discipleship is Not

I'm working on a project that involves a lot of thinking about discipleship. When we say the word "discipleship," we all think of something different. Here's a little of what I think discipleship is not. When I say it is NOT these things, I mean that it is not SIMPLY...

Thoughts on Spiritual Formation

I recently re-read the chapter about the Spiritual Formation of Adolescents in The Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation. It's a pretty good chapter, and here are some of the things I gleaned from it. "Christ did not come merely to provide a means for...

MTV turns 25

I can remember that my youth pastor would watch MTV to be in touch with youth culture. That was fifteen years ago. Well, MTV turns 25 tomorrow, and here's a look at six ways it has helped contribute to an ever-changing youth culture, in my opinion. Stick it to the...

Long Term Mission Impact

Each year, countless numbers of youth groups pack their bags and head off into the wild blue yonder for short term missions trips. They may be one week long or more, and they change many young people's lives, but how can they make an impact on the field long after...