Who am I?

I am a 35 year ministry veteran who who enjoys talking about life and ministry over a cup of coffee. My ministry focus has been on leading, coaching and inspiring next generation leaders. So whether it is a seasoned youth worker in a church, a youth worker fresh to field  of youth ministry or a student leader at his high school who is just learning leadership; it is my passion pour into them and to be used of God to encourage, equip and empower these young leaders.

Years ago as a youth pastor in Dallas, TX I came across a quote and put it on my refrigerator as a simple reminder to me as a leader. It simple said, “A great leader will allow other to go further than they can go themselves.”  That just simple meant to me, as a leader, I need to equip leaders to lead, but then I must release them to lead. For it is in the releasing where those I lead will be able to do greater things that I could ever do. So when I see this happen, I am thrilled when a leader I have sown into does things that I have not accomplished in my leadership.

What are my goals with this Blog?

  1. To share some of my life, ministry and leadership experience with you
  2. To make you think and challenge you to participate in the conversation
  3. Get to know you and learn from the dialoge
  4. Become a better writer

When you were 16…

When you were 16 years old up do you remember the people who influenced your life? Just like you, there are many teenagers who need to know someone actually cares about them. As adults, the problem is that we often feel as if we don’t really have anything to give to them and if we do we do not believe they will accept what we have to give. Well, I want to tell you what I have learned in my experience when it comes to making an impact in a teenager’s life.

There are four very simple things the next generation is asking from an adult:

  • Do you really love me?
  • Are you really real?
  • Can I trust you?
  • Does your philosophy of life really work?

So, if you want to impact a teenager, ask yourself these questions

  • Do I really love young people?
  • When a teenager looks at me do they see someone who is real?
  • Am I a person a young person can trust?
  • Does my philosophy of life really working for me, if so…does my life reflect it?

There are many philosophies in the world, but when a young person looks at your life, do they see a person who has built their life on Godly principles? Jesus tells a very simple, yet profound story about two builders. They both built houses; the difference was the foundation they built on. Jesus says one man used sand and the other built his house on the solid foundation of a rock. What are you building on and how is that working for you?

This generation needs you! They are looking to people who can answer those four simple questions they are asking. Be one of those adults who really care, who really are real, who can be trusted, and whose philosophy of life really does work. You can impact the life of a teenager, and it can last a lifetime. So why not step up and try, it could just change everything for both of you.