‘Ok, Boomer’. These two words are the latest sociological fad sweeping many youth ministries not only here in the US… but also in Australia and across the world. These two words are aimed at patronizingly dismissing the Baby Boomer generation … Continue reading It’s not ok, Boomer.
Earlier this month, my family and I made a HUGE leap of faith. Perhaps the biggest jump in our lives; we moved from Australia to the United States as I was offered a role as Youth Pastor at a Church … Continue reading Remember your calling
As long as we can remember, culture has changed and shifted quite dramatically. The modes and methods in which organisations, companies and media have had to alter their delivery to ensure that the message isn’t only effective, but prevents it … Continue reading Rethink or Sink
I’ve often heard that the worst thing about Churches is that they are filled with imperfect people. Whilst this isn’t the extreme truth, the reality is that some people are harder to deal with than others. You’ll get people who: … Continue reading Dealing with Difficult People
‘Strategy’ is a word that is increasingly being mentioned in Church leadership meetings and it’s for good reason; Churches need a ‘blueprint’ in how to execute best practice in how it ministers not only to the Churched; but the unchurched. … Continue reading Why strategy?
When we face issues in ministry, we have a choice to make… do we lament? Or do we learn? Continue reading Lament or Learn
Some time ago, I heard a retiring pastor tell me “if you’re facing conflict, it means you’re doing ministry wrong”. This really confused me. Conflict has been a huge part of my role in ministry, but something dawned on me… … Continue reading Endure or exit?
I have two Bible College degrees. I spent many years in seminary learning things such as hermeneutics, systematic theology and exegesis; all fantastic stuff! But one thing I was never taught was how to lead leaders. I’ll give you the … Continue reading Investing in Leaders
‘NextGen’ ministry is becoming more and more popular amongst Churches, and with good reason. The more that Churches are breaking down the generational silos, the more integrated and intergenerational the young people become. This in-turn results in seeing young people … Continue reading Introducing a NextGen Model- 7 Key Steps
I love seeing how different Churches do NextGen (Next Generation) ministry. Last Sunday, my family and I visited a Church and were very impressed with their attention to detail in how they engaged families in the kids ministry program. From … Continue reading Partnering with Parents
“I can’t wait to get back to Nashville”. Those are the words I heard across the table at Chick-Fil-A as I was enjoying the sweet ambrosia of my new favourite American cuisine. I was at the Orange Conference in Duluth, Georgia in the United States and I overheard these words uttered by a lovely young woman with a thick accent. Admittedly, these aren’t the words you want to hear when you’re being inspired by the minute at one of the largest NextGen ministry conferences in the world. So in true Luke form, I introduced myself and asked her what she … Continue reading We can do more together
Have you ever started in a new ministry role only to think ‘how am I ever going to change this?’ It could be something as minor as the blend of coffee used in the kitchen (amen!) or something as imperative … Continue reading Silos and slides- identifying the need for a change in strategy (article featured on Orange Blogs)