Starting Strong

 I love the Olympics. It’s during this time every four years that Americans who normally don’t like sports become engrossed in the weirdest sports of all time. Patriotism runs at an all time high. Our nation beams with pride over the performance of American athletes. You probably like the olympics too, or at least you tell people you do, because you’re an American.  The crazy thing about the olympics to me is the fine line between the success and failure. The difference between first and last place could be a matter…

The Secret Sauce to Youth Ministry Interns

Having interns in youth ministry seemed like a great idea. At least until I had them. I never realized how hard managing and leading interns was until I had one. What seemed like a magic bullet for advancing the ministry had become a drain on my time and energy.        You may have had a similar experience. Or maybe you’ve never had the luxury of interns. Either way, I want to share my failures with you in hopes you can avoid my pitfalls. It’s my hope that you…

Leadership Lessons from Pokemon Go

      If you’re not playing Pokemon Go yet, congratulations. You’re one of 50 people on the planet still holding out! Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm in just a few weeks. And not only is it entertaining, but I believe it holds built in leadership lessons for youth workers.     I grew up as a 90’s kid playing pokemon from the beginning. So there was no question I would be downloading Pokemon Go as soon as it launched! After playing it for just a couple of weeks,…

Leadership Lessons from Kung Fu Panda 3

With an eight and six year old, we watch a lot of children’s movies in my family. My favorite part of watching these movies is finding leadership lessons within them. It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn from them. More often than not, a trip to the theater results in leadership growth and challenge for me!        This proved to be the case yet again when I took my boys to see Kung Fu Panda 3. It was a good movie, and in the moment I almost missed a…

My Favorite Podcasts at the Moment

 One way I try to be intentional about my leadership growth is listening to podcasts. Podcasts are a great way to use my time in the car, at the gym, and doing yard work to get better. I usually listen to multiple podcasts each month and they have helped me grow tremendously as a leader, youth pastor, and writer.          If you’re not listening to podcasts yet, let me challenge you to give them a try. It’s one of the easiest ways to learn from great leaders…