Derry Prenkert hosts the Converge show on RemedyLive.com, a 24/7 online tv show for teens. This past week Derry and I talked about poverty and offered up some practical tips (from What Can We Do?) on what teens and you groups can do to make a difference.
Archive for November 2011
Probably the most discouraging comment I get from my students happens when they approach me to set up a time to meet and begin, “I know you’re like crazy busy…..” Ugh. I don’t feel that busy and usually have plenty of time to meet with students. But I must be giving off a vibe that I’m crazy busy. And I don’t like it. I’m working to change that nonverbal cue.
But, truthfully, maybe I am (and we are) more busy than I/we want to admit?
This past summer I spoke at a conference in Dallas on the topic of encouragement. It probably was a bit too topical in spots, but I did draw from the life of the Levite, Joseph, in scripture, a man who was such a blessing to others that the church nicknamed him “Barnabas” (or “son of encouragement”). My point was that one of a Christian’s fundamental tasks is to nurture or exhort others toward Christlikeness (see Paul do so with Timothy in II Timothy 2:15-21).
My pastor, Dave Engbrecht, made a quote recently and I’ve been reflecting on it ever since in my consulting with another ministry. At the college, I tell my ministry leadership students that the moment they make a decision, a certain number of your people will disagree with it … and not like it.