Tales of Two Cities

Dissonance

I preached this sermon at the assembly of the Presbytery of Chicago this past Saturday. Okay, before I say what I’m going to say, I want you to do something. We’re going to start this sermon with a bit of congregational participation, which I know makes most Presbyterians freak out. But here’s what I want […]

What the Church Needs to Learn from U2

u2-songs of innocence

I woke up this morning with an email from U2 announcing that they are giving away copies of their new studio album to every iTunes user—that’s half a billion people in 119 countries. The album doesn’t go on sale in digital or physical form for another month. And while this is heavily subsidized by Apple […]

Less Programming, More Networking

YM Network

Several years ago Mark Oestreicher called for a shift in youth ministry from program-based approaches to what he called Youth Ministry 3.0, grounded in affinity groups, contextualization, and missional engagement (read my short review of his book here.) Marko’s suggestions have provided a foundation for my thinking about youth ministry in recent years. One of […]

Post-Christendom Youth Ministry Blues

Post-Christendom Blues

Like youth workers around the country, I’m busy making final plans for the beginning of a new youth ministry program year: recruiting volunteers, putting together calendars, planning curricula. This will be my fourteenth year of youth ministry, and it gets harder every year. Youth and adults keep getting busier. Each year there are more and […]

How is Our Brand Doing?

PCUSA SEAL

Last Friday there was a nice synchronicity between two of the blogs I read on a daily basis. Seth Godin mused about logos and branding: The original reason for brands was to let the buyer know the source of the goods. “We made this,” says the organization we trust when we buy something. Over time, […]