Category Archives: ministry longevity

back in the saddle

i thought sunday, august 19, would never come. i hope it’s not terribly cliché to assert that nothing could fully have prepared me, however eagerly i anticipated the day. after 1 year, 6 months, 3 weeks, 2 days, and just … Continue reading

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checking in, pushing pause, turning the page

leaning into the challenge. today marks the end of my first 6 months on my new job. there were multiple times during the first couple of months when i had serious doubts i would make it, but around the first … Continue reading

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big boy pants (doing hard things)

i have a full time job. for most of my marriage to rene, i haven’t been able to say that. but it’s finally true! on august 2, i start in a position as a “youth specialist” at a facility in … Continue reading

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diminishable me: an open letter to myself at 19

hello andrew. greetings from… yourself… in the summer of 2010. yes, i know that sounds weird. i thought about sending myself (you) back in time, but then i remembered that the terminator movies haven’t come true yet. no time travel … Continue reading

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attracted and kept

I found a new youth ministry resource recently called Youth Ministry 360 (technically forthcoming, but their blog is up now). My Google alert for the term “volunteer youth ministry” pushes a lot of irrelevant posts, but this one really scratched … Continue reading

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you can’t possibly have that many friends

What is it about Facebook that both legitimizes and yet trivializes our real-life interactions? “I’m sorry, do I know you?” “Well, we’re friends on Facebook…” Doh! I have lost track of how many times I will say to my new … Continue reading

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looking forward, looking back, getting dizzy

The Roman god Janus was the deity of doors, gates, and beginnings and endings. He had two heads, facing in opposite directions, and was thought to have knowledge of both the future and the past simultaneously. He was especially worshiped … Continue reading

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just kidding

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. These are brave words to trot out when we want to deflect hurtful words, but do they really reflect our true selves? It stinks getting hurt. I … Continue reading

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barely hanging on

Sometimes funk is more than a style of music. I found myself in a mental funk the other night as I reluctantly climbed on the elliptical machine after a really long day. It’s been a rough several weeks for me … Continue reading

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