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Sacred Pathways Toward Sticky Faith

Fuller Youth Institute is currently rolling out a series called Sticky Faith Every Day: 8 weeks of noticing God more.  The curriculum focuses on engaging in spiritual practices for oneself, a vital experience for sticky faith that is often lost in the everyday lives of teenagers (and adults too if we’re honest.) Along with the … Continue reading

Not Your Grandma’s Baby Shower

Not Your Grandma’s Baby Shower

If you’ve been a reader for a bit, you likely know that I have a thing about intergenerational relationships.  Research increasingly points to this wonderful dynamic of mixing across the ages as a key to lifelong faith for adolescents.  What’s more, any of us in the older generations (doesn’t matter how much older) benefit as well.  And … Continue reading

Family Assets Article

Family Assets Article

I’m honored to have an article of mine published by the Fuller Youth Institute’s ejournal.  The ejournal is a great resource not only for youth workers and parents, but also anyone who is interested in how the church can strengthen faith for kids and families.  This piece summarizes research from the Search Institute on Family … Continue reading

3 Questions I Have About College Ministries

3 Questions I Have About College Ministries

Two years ago, I shifted from working with grades 6-12 to working with collegians.  I love college students.  They’re fun and engaging and energetic and creative.  They have a lot of passion, albeit at times unfocused.  They want life to be awesome. Ultimately, I imagine I’ll return to local church ministry.  I love my work … Continue reading

On Russia and Love

On Russia and Love

I interviewed one of my best friends, becuase well, I wanted to.  Also because it’s fun to hear from someone you know well, but in a different sort of way. Most of all, I believe our stories are worth telling, and that when we do, the seemingly ordinary stuff of life can become something more. … Continue reading

No Yoda Am I

No Yoda Am I

This past fall, I connected with a lovely young lady through our campus’ spiritual mentoring program.  The idea is simple.  Students say they’d like to be matched to a mentor, and faculty and staff offer to be that person.  The pair meets four times over the semester, and the student gets chapel credit for the … Continue reading

Church Field Trips

The world did not stop, and important stuff like lifelong faith is as good a place to remember that as any. Part three of my three part series on helping youth group seniors transition to college is over at the StickyFaith.org blog today.  Just click the link to read it.  And, for obvious reasons, I … Continue reading