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My 10 Core Values of Youth Ministry

I can hardly believe it's been almost 8 years ago that Sam and I left our roles as senior pastors and came on staff at Victory Church in Atlanta. And there I was once again, after 40+ years in ministry, with a new church and a new youth ministry. After I'd been there for a while, as we prayed, we felt like the Lord was ushering in a new exciting youth ministry season for us. So, we unveiled the new name of our youth ministry, changing it from "212" to "The Capitol." We had our launch night, and it was...

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A GOOD LEADER VS. A GREAT ONE

In his book, Geeks and Geezers, Warren Bennis made a scientific study of leaders and what characterized them. He found, "The ability to find meaning and strength in adversity distinguishes leaders from non-leaders more than any one single quality. When negative things happen, non-leaders feel powerless and like victims, leaders on the other hand find fresh purpose and resolve." Do you want to be a good youth leader, or a great one? A good Christian, husband or wife, parent, disciple...or a great one? We are currently scrambling, learning how do ministry in a whole new way since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our...

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The Power Of Helplessness

Have you ever felt the sense of being helpless? You know, you don’t have enough emotional energy to go anywhere or do one more thing. All your normal motivation and your coping skills are letting you down. Maybe you're at home right now because of COVID-19 and you're worried if you'll have a job to go back to, or you feel like you need to minister to someone closer than 6 feet away and a video call just isn't helping. I remember a time in my ministry experience…way back in 1999 that was such a helpless time. It definitely wasn't...

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WHAT’S YOUR FOCUS?

If you've never read Jim Collins' bestselling leadership book, Good To Great, I highly recommend it. In his book, he tells a story that is very profound and gives us wisdom as we look at our current times in dealing with COVID-19 as leaders. He calls it, "The Stockdale Paradox." The name refers to Admiral Jim Stockdale, who was the highest-ranking United States military officer in one of the infamous prisoner-of-war camps during the Vietnam War. He was imprisoned for eight years and tortured over twenty times. He lived out the war with no prisoner's rights, no set release date,...

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What Leading Through 9-11 Taught Me About COVID-19 Leadership

As I write this, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This significant event has brought the entire world to its knees. I remember so well where I was 19 years ago, when America was in shock on September 11, 2001, after terrorist planes flew into the World Trade Center causing its collapse. I also remember clearly what President George W. Bush said the next day, standing in the middle of the rubble. He said, “We hear you America, and the whole world will hear us. We will figure out who did this and make them pay.” A...

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