Archive / April, 2012

Social Media Buffering

I’m getting pumped up about a social media workshop I’m leading in Bismarck, ND, tomorrow evening. I’m not really sure how I became the “expert”, but I’ve been doing it for a long time and have had pretty good success with gaining an audience over the years. Not by friending every person that follows and obnoxiously asking for retweets […]

18 Months Is Not Long Enough

18 months. That’s the average life of a youth minister. I’ve been here in Rapid City for 22 months and I am almost a “senior” youth pastor in the area. Unreal. I’ve burned out hard once or twice in my life. I never quit, though. In retrospect, it may have been easier to quit ministry […]

Tad: the Most Annoying Kid

This Skit Guys video made it’s debut at the NYWC last fall. Being a youth worker has its own unique challenges. But it’s all worth the sometimes-struggles in the end. You can pick your own copy of the above video at to use in your team meetings or training. It’s on sale for $5 if you use the code […]

Beautiful Life

If you’re looking for a powerful media piece dealing with the gift of life, we highly recommend “Beautiful Life” from Trip Lee’s new album, “The Good Life” (highlighted here last week). With lyrics as potent as this, a follow-up discussion with students should be easy. My personal favorite… Hey, don’t get me wrong, Look, I agree […]

Using the Cloud Drive in Ministry

  Are you using DropBox,, Amazon Cloud, or another similar, free cloud-drive service to sync files between your devices? There are lots of great reasons to use tools like this in your ministry. Google just announced their new, free service this week, too, called Google Drive, featuring 5GB of free storage. See? Everyone’s doing it! […]

Jesus Culture in the Springs

I’m a bit crazy sometimes. And proud of it. My friend Lyle, Recovery Pastor at Destiny Foursquare Church in Rapid City, SD, took a road trip with me down to Colorado Springs Saturday night for a Jesus Culture event. But that wasn’t the crazy part. The crazy part was that I had committed to lead […]

Invisible People

In 2008, Mark Horvath, now known to many as @hardlynormal, set out to film the stories of America’s homeless and share them with as many people as possible on Since then, he has become an internationally recognized activist and ambassador for the millions of individuals and families who reside in shelters, motels, tents along […]