A Network Approach to Campus Ministry

Network church is back on my mind, and I hope to post some new developments on this later this week. In the meantime, here is a ministry challenge that has reinvigorated my thinking. One of the interesting opportunities I've had here in Richmond is sitting on the advisory board for UKirk RVA. … Read more about A Network Approach to Campus Ministry

The Best PYM Yet is Coming to Dallas

For the past few years, the Progressive Youth Ministry conference has been my favorite "side gig." Several years ago I recognized that there was a real need for progressive youth workers to gather together to support, inspire, and challenge each other. PYM has filled that gap. Now that my work is … Read more about The Best PYM Yet is Coming to Dallas

It’s Time for Truth and Reconciliation

For several years I have been thinking and talking about race reconciliation in the United States. It was a series of youth mission trips at Fourth Presbyterian Church that set me on this path. When Kurt Esslinger and I led a trip to New Orleans in 2008, our prep work and on-the-ground … Read more about It’s Time for Truth and Reconciliation

It’s Not Conformation: The Book

What is confirmation and why do we do it? How must we adapt youth ministry—and church in general—to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world? These are the driving questions that have shaped my ministry in recent years. Two months ago, after I preached on the final confirmation Sunday of my … Read more about It’s Not Conformation: The Book

A Brief History of Youth Ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church

This is my week of transition as I bring nine years of ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church to a close and begin my new call as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary. One of the things I have been working on is a transition report on my time as Associate … Read more about A Brief History of Youth Ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church