Developing the leader in me

I am 3 chapters deep into the best John Maxwell book I’ve read thus far – Developing the Leader in You.  I wish I had read this book several years ago. I believe God will use this book to help me become a much, much better leader.

But last night I became a better leader.  I’m not sure why it has taken me over a year. Last night we had our back 2 school bash (yep, there’s not much more “youth ministry-ee than the word “bash” and using the number 2 instead of the word “to” – jealous of my cool language).  I had so much fun hanging out with students – probably more so than I have in a long time.  Maybe I’m letting my guard down more. Maybe They trust me, even if it’s just a little bit.  Whatever the case may be, I feel like last night was great.  Now if only we would have been able to actually swim.

A Question to think about – why is it that when it’s thundering we cant get into the pool, yet we can take canoes out on the lake and steer them with metal paddles? Not complaining, just curious!

oh, and football season is about to start!



I read Romans 3:21-31 this morning.  To be honest, I really was ready for Romans 3:21-31.  I started reading Romans bit by bit to write a devotional for my students, but as I began, God really let me know that it was for me first… that I can write it after I get all I can out of it. Well, the tension was building.  I tried to read it as if I had never seen the words or heard a sermon preached from it before. That makes it interesting. As I searched through the first 2 and 1/2 chapters, my morale was down.  Then 3:21-31 came.  I was excited. I was pumped! All the problems that I was having, all the ways I was trying to make it on my own (thanks lil brudder), now I don’t have too.

It’s really hard to read something as if you’ve never seen it when you have studied it, had seminary classes on it, and heard a ton of sermons on it.  However, I will defy you to read the first 3 chapters of Romans, get to 3:21-31, and not try to find out more.  It is simply beautiful scriptures filled with HOPE.

My advice: read it. Let it soak in.  Let it fill you with hope .

Youth Ministry Videos, Part 3

And this, my friends, is why I tend to shy away from lockins…

Youth Ministry Videos, Part 2

I hope you all enjoyed Youth MiniSTARS.  Today’s video is one of my absolute favorite videos (just ask any student that has been in my student ministry).  I have shown this video everywhere I’ve been.  And don’t worry Super Summer Alabama, next week, it will show up – I promise you!  J Reezy, (aka Jake Rutenbar) is a lyrical genius and will be a frequent face in this youth ministry music video series. Enjoy

Youth Ministry tip: this is a great video to show before camps, retreats, etc. Especially if you are going to stay in a fly hotel.

Youth Ministry Videos, pt 1

A college student who works with our student ministry sent me a video called Youth MiniSTARS. It’s great and a little scary (it’s like he’s reading my mail). Anyway, it got me to thinking about all the great youth ministry videos I’ve seen over the past 8 years of youth work.  I have decided to share it with my blogosphere…

The first one is the video she sent me

no explanation needed. Stay tuned for more each day

Jesus Manifesto: Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

Wow, what a refreshing book.  For an in depth, incredible, complete book review of this book, check out my friend, Kyle Gilbert’s review. However, I’m going to do something a little different than my normal reviews.

Here are my reasons not to read this book:

Don’t read this book if:

–       you enjoy the status quo Christianity

–       you want to come to church and feel good about yourself

–       the name Jesus = warm fuzzy feelings

–       you gauge your spirituality purely on what you are doing

–       you love cute, well packaged messages more than anything

–       “you” and “I” litter your faith talk

–       your faith is based more on what’s in it for you than anything else

–       you follow Christianity more that Christ

–       you would rather sit with the people you always sit with than go to those who need you more

–       you aren’t willing to see Christ for who He really is.

So there you have it. Enjoy this book and drink deeply from Jesus.

Jesus Manifesto

Stay Tuned for the Jesus Manifesto review…

… coming soon…