The Dating Conference: A Reflection

As The Dating Conference began taking shape in my heart, I felt an incredible desire to create space for guys and girls to put God first in every aspect of their life, especially in their dating relationships.  This desire reminds me we have an incredible opportunity to care for the hearts of those who God loves through serving and leading the next generation toward Jesus. I remember my teen years being full of uncertainty, expectation, and stress because of the social pressure connected to dating.  At my middle school and high school, one’s social status, emotional well-being, and personal fulfillment were often closely connected to...

Special Needs Prom

As I sat and contemplated the thought of turning 55, wondered what I was still doing as a youth pastor, and questioned my sanity as to why I would want to be involved in the lives of hundreds of teenagers, the youth at MVCC reminded me why.  Just weeks after going hungry for 30 hours and...

John Wimber’s Anoi...

I witnessed what could be a historic moment in the Vineyard movement a few weeks ago.  Over 50 youth leaders and pastors lined up in two lines to create a prayer tunnel at a Vineyard winter youth conference called Middle School White Out hosted in Buena Vista, CO over President’s Day...

You(th) vs. Hunger

On Martin Luther King weekend, the Miami Vineyard Red Youth along with St. Pete Vineyard and Doral Vineyard youth went hungry and homeless for two days to raise awareness about the world hunger crisis and raise funds for starving children throughout the planet.  Over 150 youth sacrificed their long weekend and put aside their video games and other distractions and decided to serve the Kingdom of God in a very useful way.  They fasted for 30 hours, slept on boxes on a very untypical cold night in South Florida, prayed and worshipped for hours, and woke up to hit the streets the next day and raise awareness about world hunger.  The results...

Finding Gold. Chan...

I’ve been a big proponent of self-awareness.  It kind of goes with the territory here at Pathway Vineyard having had the privilege of being under the leadership of Phil Strout and Allen Austin.  Ever since I’ve been introduced to self-awareness, I’ve been captivated by...

The Other Side of the Fence

I’ve been thinking all week about what to write—pulling the laptop out, staring at it, closing it, putting it away, and waiting.  All week only one thing kept coming to mind when I sat to write, but honestly I wasn’t too sure I wanted to write about it.  So today, I’m deciding to just go ahead and do it, I’m pretty sure that I’m sure. The Ominous Fence This will call for some back story; I will do my best to make it short.  At our church, alongside the driveway, there is a fence.  On the other side of the fence there is an alley, and in the alley there are a lot of young people.  In case you...