Tag Archives: Shawn Michael Shoup

Slaying Biblical Illiteracy

“Slaying Biblical Illiteracy”, a new book from our friends at The Youth Cartel, written by Matt Andrews, is one of those books that every NextGen pastor should have on their shelf. I received my copy at our district’s Fall Conference and showed it to our Foursquare General Supervisor, Tammy Dunahoo. She agreed that biblical illiteracy is an important topic […]

Rest, Burn-out and Time Management in Ministry

Back in July of 2009 I was a special podcast guest on StudentMinistry.org’s Live YM Talk with Tim Schmoyer. I talked about a topic that’s near to my heart because I’ve seen too many of our own burn-out from a lack of rest and sabbath. If this is something you struggle with, I’d encourage you […]

An Open Letter: To the Boys Who Are Interested In My Daughters

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: It was a couple years ago now that I first had to deal with the reality that I’m a father of four beautiful girls who will, no doubt, be pursued relentlessly by the opposite sex. One of my girls got off the schoolbus that day with a smirk on her […]

Lasting Power of Theming and Branding

We hosted a Christmas-panda-bear-themed birthday party for my daughter this weekend. It was a HUGE hit! WHY? I think it was because the kids went home all excited about the panda cupcakes they made themselves, the panda olympic games they played, and the panda music video we made together… My wife made a fun poster board […]

Letting Passions Fall to the Wayside

I was chatting with the worship pastor at our church this morning — having a conversation with him about potentially joining the worship team. It brought back lots of memories of past aspirations and dreams. For those of you that know me well, music has always been a huge part of my life. I started […]

Marketing IS Ministry

I’ve never understood why so many churches don’t take marketing a little more seriously. I guess it’s probably the melancholy side of me. I’ve always like things to look polished. Clean. Professional. And I’m not a graphics designer in any sense, but I am a wanna-be. I try to do the best with the tools […]

Ordination: What Does it Mean?

My ordination as a Foursquare pastor was celebrated by the Gateway District this week — along with eleven others — at our Fall Conference in Branson, MO. Leading up to this, I have been telling quite a few of my friends of the monumental occasion  It means something to me… a lot, actually. And, as I was sharing, […]