Need.

“I need four parents to come in and read to students. Please sign up here.” “If four parents are able to come in and help read to students I will be freed up to provide individual attention to some of our students who are reading below grade level thereby helping all of our students to […]

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Lessons.

Some things I have learned along the way (mostly from Annie) that serve us well as YL staff but more importantly as people. Take Notes: All meetings. Anytime there is a speaker of any sort. This keeps us engaged and the people around us (leaders, kids, colleagues) follow our lead. Then follow up with the […]

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Redeeming our Time

Redeeming your time Boundaries are good but like all good things they can be an idol. “If I set and live by good boundaries than I will be healthy.” Work-Life balance and a healthy pace is good, but it alone is not the answer. If we don’t do the life long internal work of clearly […]

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Growth.

My guilty pleasure is that I am a fanatic of sports talk radio. This is not the peak of class or sophistication but every once in a while there is something redeemable. The day after the Super Bowl I heard an interview with James White who scored two touchdowns for the Patriots in the Super […]

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Living my Dreams

Since I was a senior in High School all I have wanted to do is have the chance to make an impact in people’s lives. I want the chance to share the hope of Christ and help people become who they are capable of becoming. Young Life continues to give me this chance. Over the […]

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3 Thoughts on Joy.

3 Thoughts on Joy. Too often I fail to choose joy in my job, but I must remember that joy is their for the taking. I must remember that I am at my best when I am joyful. I must remember that Joy is contagious. I must remember that joy is a fruit of the […]

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Boredom and Burnout.

We lose more good people to boredom than we do to burnout.   We lose our potentially highest achievers to boredom not burnout.   We need to give space and new challenges to our best people.   People don’t tell you that they are going to leave because they are restless. They simply leave for […]

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Challenge. Will you accept it?

Take one item from your to do list that you were going to do today and don’t do it. This could even be a meeting that you cancel. Don’t replace it with anything. Go home earlier or take a walk or read ESPN.com. Prove to yourself that your productivity does not define you. If you are […]

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My Soundtrack

Those that know me will be shocked to know that I have a soundtrack for my life over the last year. I have listened to these songs on repeat (in between my sports talk obsession). I Refuse by Josh Wilson We sang this song at church when we were in the middle of deciding whether […]

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A new chart on health and work

Below are 11 ideas on how to be healthy in doing ministry. I have a feeling the same principles are true for health and work in any field. Chart Below (Growth requires time plus intentional effort) Counseling Committee or Local Adults who are care about you. You can’t be in this alone. Clear lines at […]

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We are moving to Chicago!

To the people of Central Indiana,   We are moving to Chicago to be the Regional Director because God has called us and we are responding to that call with enthusiasm and confidence.   Annie and I have always tried to make decisions based on how can make the greatest impact on God’s Kingdom. I […]

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The need for candid relationships

We hit a point in our lives when we are disciplined enough and competent enough that if we can identify a need in our personal or professional development we can remedy the problem. At this point we need help identifying the problem. To go to the next level we need someone outside of ourselves to name […]

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2 Keys to leading any organization

I was recently put on the spot and asked, “What do you need to know when leading an organization.”   Given more time to think through the question I would answer the same way. This was my answer. Change is constant.  The quicker we stop chasing some elusive arrival point the more we will be […]

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