I recently had the chance to appear on the Converge show on RemedyLive.com with host Derry Prenkert. We discussed short-term missions and the book What Can We Do?. I also sported my Global Youth Initiative T-shirt as well.
Archive for October 2011
I recently had the chance to stop by the RemedyLive.com studios to appear on the Converge show with host Derry Prenkert. If you aren’t familiar with RemedyLive, you need to be. They are a 24/7 resource for teens with caring and qualified Christian adults ready to help via chat. The also provide relevant youth ministry content, producing The Youth Ministry Garage with Doug Fields, Josh Griffin, Matt McGill, and Katie Edwards. In fact, if you plan to attend the Atlanta National Youth Workers Conference this November, you may spot Remedy’s Seth Bartlette and Joe Baughman running around assisting Chris Davis and the YS team. Thanks to Clinton Faupel, Seth, Joe, Jason, Ben, and of course Derry Prenkert, for having me share a bit and for being supportive of youth who want to change the world!
Tonight all across America, Christian youth workers will head to their churches to lead the latest event of their calendar. This post honors their commitment to the unlikely vocation of youth ministry, an endeavor they love – and their churches are glad they love the unlikely vocation … of youth ministry.
I recently attended my college reunion, always an interesting incubator for reflection and assessment. Some of my friends seem sheepish to report they’ve had the same job since college while others hesitated to share they’ve changed jobs numerous times and aren’t doing what they originally intended to do when they graduated. And I got to share that I am a professor …. of youth ministry.
Have you ever received an unexpected gift that meant so much you remember it still to this day? Have you ever given a gift to another person that surprised them to the point where they couldn’t speak? Those are special moments in relationships. What is it about gifts that touch us so? And why are we sometimes so poor at giving gifts in our organizations? And even our families?
For years I had always been the one who gave bonuses. I sat on boards that decided to reward those in the organization or church for their hard work, or I participated on committees that wanted to say thank you to groups of volunteers. However, this year for the first time in my life, I was on the receiving end of a bonus. And I can’t tell you how much it meant to me and to my colleagues. Completely unexpected yet perfectly timed. And it instantly created a new and positive dynamic in our organization.