CLB Youth

Give Me Sunday

Give me Sunday! It’s been a while since I’ve done any writing and I’ve been storing a blog post in my head for awhile. We had our second conference call about 6 weeks ago and the nature of our call was to discuss different ways that we guard our lives. We talked about everything from

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Getting the Word Out

I really don’t like listening to myself nor do I like to watch videos of myself, but I do enjoy sharing ideas and throwing out stuff for discussion so in light of that, I’ll overlook my disdain for viewing myself and say that most of this post’s content comes in a video that was shot

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Traction

A year ago, I went to a graduation party for one of our high school seniors and I parked my wife’s car on the dirt road that was in front of this student’s house. Well, my wife and daughter got out of the car and walked in but I was convinced I could get a

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Event Planning

A friend of ours in youth ministry asked me a few weeks back if I could name the process I try to follow as I plan events. Before I go down that road, it seems uber-important to speak to why I do events. 1. Events can easily allow students to invite friends which in turn builds

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Getting In Walt’s Head

Getting in Walt’s Head The following is a four-part series of notes based on the seminars Walt Mueller offered at IPBC in September of 2012. The Digital Brain Session/Friday night’s Notes If you are in youth ministry, then chances are you’ve read something that Walt Mueller has written. Walt is one of the premier experts

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Games for the Win

5 + 5: Games for the Win 5 older games 1. Four Corners ?”It”? counts to 20 or whatever in a four-cornered room and everyone picks a corner to stand in and they have to be in that corner by the time ?”It”? reaches 20. Then “it” chooses one of the corners and everyone in

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Fundraising

A few weeks ago we had a conference call on fundraising and I wanted to write right away but it just didn’t happen. Now I think I know why. I had a fundraising dinner this weekend and we put all we could into it and our attendance was 60% of what we had planned and

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Coming and Going

Psalm 121 has been words I’ve had in my head for the last few months. Now as I understand this passage, it’s almost a song sung by one or more people who are making their way to Jerusalem and if you understand it that way, it helps you to understand some of the words in

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Church Junkies

One of my loves in ministry is the church. I grew up in a great church (Hillside in Succasunna, NJ) and have been on staff at three great churches which I absolutely loved, and because of that history and because of how great the church has been often in my life I think I’m actually

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E-value-ATION

E-value-ation from Church of the Lutheran Brethren on Vimeo. There is a good chance that one of your end-of-the-year assignments is to write an annual report. Every year I put it off until the due date because it seems to me like one of the least significant things I do, but even in that exercise

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