The Fruit of High Expectations

Over the years I have been blessed to see many students rise up and become the active ministers of the Gospel that they are called to be.  It has been my experience that when we create an environment in our ministry where students are able to grow deeper in their relationship with the Lord you always see increased kingdom impact.  Expectations are not something to be feared in fact they are freeing.  To be clear I am not talking about expecting our students to become perfect rule following drones that “toe the line” and seek to make their youth leader happy in order to receive some special

5 Expecatations Our Students Deserve from Us

In a world where students are rewarded for mediocrity I firmly believe that it is time for the church to set itself apart by expecting more from our students!  If Jesus could change the world using mostly teenagers (see Matthew 17 for a clue as to why I believe He did hint only Jesus and Peter owed taxes and to owe taxes you had to be over 20) than why do so many youth leaders, parents, pastors, and students themselves expect so little from students?  I confess I was once a leader who expected to little from students.

How the Newsboys Prove we are “Better Together”

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, Vermont is ranked as the 50th least religious state, or stated another way, we are the least churched state in the entire country. This is likely because Vermonters see themselves as ruggedly independent, capable of making it on their own, and skeptical of any need for salvation other than one of their own making. As the National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM) state coordinator for my home state this fact creates some interesting obstacles and unique challenges.

A Case for the Cause!

This past weekend I was blessed to spend time with an amazing group of students who understand what it means to fight for the cause of Christ.  A small group of intrepid Kingdom Warriors from our church traveled to Washington DC to attend the Dare2Share GAMEDAY event orchestrated by Greg Stier and his amazing team!  It was a tremendous blessing to see so many young people embracing their call to be modern day revolutionaries for the cause above all causes.

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