A Great Leadership Lesson from a Marine Named Fitz (and the Reason that I Blog)

Fitz. Fitz is a great guy I grew to love while I was serving as Youth Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Prescott, Arkansas. He is a straight-talking, no-nonsense guy who loves to serve God. During the time God gave me in Prescott, I loved that I never had to wonder about where I stood with Fitz – I always knew because …

Focusing on Here, Not There

There is the place we’d rather be. There is where the money is at. There is where you can prove yourself. There is where the grass is greener. Much greener. Have you ever realized that we are always wanting to go there? We’re always preparing for moving from here to there. The next promotion. The next pay raise. The next …

Giveaway: Flappy Bird Countdown Video

If my student group is as obsessed with Flappy Bird as your group is, download this video and use it at your next event as a fun countdown before the service! [vimeo 86462184 w=500 h=281] To download this video completely for free, click here and hit the download button under the video. ___ If you think someone you know needs …

The Sad Truth About (Most) Everything

A few weeks ago, I went to Monster Jam with my Dad, brother, uncle, and cousin for a fun guys night. It was an exciting blend of testosterone and engines with motorcycles, huge trucks, and smashed cars. I had a great time! Before the actual event started, we went down to the arena floor to meet the truck drivers and …

The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udS-OcNtSWo?rel=0] When I first watched this video, it was just a video. Just a really funny video. Now, as strangely as it sounds, this video has transformed to a ministry rule for me. One that I have begun applying everywhere I can. So, here it is: The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat I know what …

Five Reasons Why Camps, Retreats, and Special Events are Crucial in Youth Ministry

It seems like every church has them. They’re the highlight of the youth ministry year. There’s the signup. Then the fundraising. Then there’s more fundraising. Bags are packed. Snacks are bought. Batteries are charged. Load the vans; here we go. If you were one of those kids who was raised in a church with a youth ministry, you remember camp, …

Encourage Your Leaders

Ministry can be tough. Often people disagree with direction. Often people don’t see the big picture. Often people just aren’t nice. But every once in a while, someone does something that blows me away with encouragement. I had one of those experiences a few days ago when I received this handwritten letter: Bro Stephen, I want to thank you. I …