How to Help the Unmotivated Person

How do you help an unmotivated person follow through on their commitments? How do you help them do the job they–and you–have agreed they will do? This is a particularly important question when working with volunteers, which is what most ministry work is. There’s no employment stick to hold over them (“you’re fired”) or financial carrot […]

Understanding the Campus Protests 

Ross Douthat of the NYT skillfully dissects the history of Higher Ed, and why students do have something to protest: the complete vacuum of morality and purpose on our campuses. Reason #7458 why we need more ministry to Higher Ed! Campus radicals are often spoiled and self-dramatizing, but they also do have something to protest… [T}he […]

20 Questions for Mid-Year Evaluation

Before we get to Christmas—the bad sweater parties, white elephant gifts, egg nog, and of course the end-of-year fundraising push, don’t forget the mid-year evaluation! Take some time during Finals week and make a few course corrections. I highly recommend sitting down with your team (perhaps a mixture of staff, key student leaders, and volunteers) […]

Five Things College Ministry Has Taught Me About Discipleship

After more than a dozen years in college ministry, I’ve had legions of conversations with students about the typical “stuff” of college life: trying to faithfully navigate things like sex and romantic relationships, the party scene, schoolwork, getting a job, calling, and more. Many of these topics are most pronounced during the college years, or […]

Count Your Ministry Casualties

I have a new post up on the Collegiate Collective today, on the importance of Counting Your Casualties. I’m seeking to address a topic–losing people in ministry–that I don’t hear come up very often, but that needs to be discussed. We rarely talk about our casualties, especially outside our immediate circle. It’s certainly not the kind […]

Henry Ford & the Cost of Not Innovating

I’ve been thinking & reading recently on innovation, for ministry and otherwise. I came across this terrific story about the innovative, stubborn, cantankerous, and deeply flawed Henry Ford. Ford changed the world with his Model T, but his “obsession” with it put the company firmly behind. Clearly, even the most gifted innovators can become enamored with their […]

I Went to a Fight and a Prayer Meeting Broke Out

Faith in the workplace. Can we acknowledge that bringing faith into the workplace is sometimes a difficult topic?   Internally, people feel confusion. Externally, it’s a minefield. Maybe it’s awkward coffee break conversations. Or maybe it’s loaded with professional repercussions that impact promotions and even employment.   But sometimes it’s just funny.   Watch this video about former […]

How God Answers Prayer

John Newton (1725-1807) is famous for being the former slave trader-turned-pastor who penned the words to the well-known and beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.” He was also a mentor to the great abolitionist William Wilberforce and to the hymnist William Cowper, and for many years pastored a congregation in Olney, England, where he was noted for […]

7 Ways to Make the Most of a Conference Experience

This weekend, we are thrilled to host our first-ever Faith, Life, and Work Conference. It’s not too late to come, so if you’re reasonably close by, we would love to have you join us! Over the last 15 years or so, I’ve been to more conferences than I can remember. But some have certainly been […]