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The past year I’ve had some cool opportunities to travel and see what’s happening with teens, youth, and young adults in the Vineyard nationally.  I was at the national conference in Anaheim, and was so excited to see the passion for worship that overflowed from the “youth tent”...

Why Big Events Are Good Mar08

Why Big Events Are...

I know people like to emphasize often that its “not about events and programs.” I get it. We want it to be about people, and relationship, and the Spirit. Plus, events cost money, they are hard to organize (have you ever tried to get teens to commit to something?), and they are...

Porn: Reviewing Fi...

Do you ever watch Conan O’Brien? Have you seen his “guy caught watching porn” mime that he does? It’s funny. But it’s also sad. It shows that our culture has just accepted the fact that, yeah, we all look at porn. As youth pastors/workers/volunteers, how do we...

Welcome to the Jun...

I recently went on a “moonlight” hike with my friends through a familiar state park near our church. We decided we didn’t care whether we walked on trails or not, and eventually we were pretty lost. At 2am, with scary sounds everywhere, this could have been a pretty bad...

You Feed Them Jul24

You Feed Them

I was 14 years old when it happened. Insecure. Wanting to please people. So desperately wanting to be liked. That’s when the adult leader of the Bible Study I had been attending asked the question, “Would any of you like to try to lead?” He instructed us to pray about it and...