I just got home from our Vertical Winter Retreat (for 7th-12th grade students) a few days ago. While on the trip I tried to stick with my “21 Day Fix” eating plan (mentioned in the previous post), but after a day of snow boarding I was ravenously hungry. Honestly, there wasn’t many heathy options at […]Read more "My Secret Addiction (part 2)"
Everyone has a weakness. Everyone is prone to seek comfort in something that isn’t the Comforter (God). Whether it’s alcohol, sex, work, entertainment or porn, humans turn to things that give them a taste of transcendence, but are not transcendent. That’s how addictions begin. One keeps returning to something that once gave them a feeling […]Read more "My Secret Addiction"
In my early 20’s, I (Joel) received a simple, yet powerful revelation during a time of prayer and fasting. It’s been a guiding compass ever since. Here’s the gist of what I experienced: In my mind, I saw a sports car racing up a freshly paved mountain road. The car quickly ascended the twisting highway with […]Read more "Character & Capability"
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God . . .” (Matthew 5:8) The first step to tripling our youth group in 13 months was internal, not external. God cares about our hearts and intent more than results alone. In other words, God not only cares about WHAT we do, but WHY […]Read more "How to Triple your Youth Group in 13 months: HEART"
As I (Joel) write this from my kitchen table, I am in absolute awe of what God has done in the lives of our young people in the last 13 months. The only way I can describe what I am in the midst of is a youth movement. Approximately 200 teens are attending our weekly Vertical student […]Read more "How to Triple your Youth Group in 13 months"
Fearless Public Speaking? I have met so many amazing youth leaders who love young people, but are fearful to talk in front of groups. I’ve also met some youth pastors and leaders who can talk fearlessly in front of crowds of teens, but freeze-with-fear when they speak in front of “adults.” One key factor in […]Read more "Captivating Communication (part 3)"
Downloading Videos FREE! So where do you find thousands of videos you can download for free? My favorite place to go is YouTube.com. With literally millions of videos posted, you’re bound to find some media that’s relevant to your message. And one great thing about YouTube is that you can search topically (just like ignitermedia.com). […]Read more "Captivating Communication (part 2)"