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08 May 2009 ~ 0 Comments



Here’s the Worldle ( of my twitter feed over the last month

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29 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Church B Posters


I’m at a Learning Lab/”Un-conference” led by Mark Riddle.  These are the flip charts from our time together. Some of them turned 90 degrees, deal with it.  If you did no’t attend the week they won’t make sense, I’m mostly sharing them with the folks from the lab.

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13 March 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors- Your Youth Ministry Reflects Your Church


I recently read through Mark Riddle’s Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors. This book is written as a guide for Senior Pastors and others involved in leading or hiring a youth pastor, but my guess is that it’s being read by more youth pastors than Senior Pastors.  I was curious as to what Mark thought […]

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04 March 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Cool Ministry Tool: Freemind


I’ve just stumbled on a new piece of software that I plan to use a lot.  Freemind is a mind mapping tool.  It’s free and very powerful.  I heard about this program from various GTD (Getting Things Done) sources.  One of the practices of GTD is to map out your project as much as possible […]

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25 February 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Man I love college

I first heard some of the lyrics to this song one one of my student’s facebook statuses. Little did I know these words came from a popular song. Watch here: Asher Roth – New Music – More Music Videos Walt Mueller of the Center for Parent Youth Understanding turned me on to this video.  I […]

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30 January 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Extravaganza Workshop: Ministry with the Millennial Generation

I am at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in New Orleans. The theme is shift. This morning I did a workshop on ministry with the millennial generation. If you came, thanks for the conversation. Below you will find my slides how and some links and resources we talked about in the workshop. I’ll be […]

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27 January 2009 ~ 0 Comments

The Text Effect

One of my favorite things to do is text kids while they’re in school and see how long it takes them to respond. Usually within 15 minutes, always before the end of the day. High school kids will text wherever they are, even in schools where it’s strictly forbidden. Over the last year my line […]

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09 December 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Six by Six focus

Six by Six focus

Our Unpackthis team is reading Axiom by Bill Hybels. Axiom is a book of leadership parables by the senior pastor of Willow Creek church which is right is my (andy’s) back yard, Barrington IL. One thing that really stuck out to us was Hybels’ six by six way of managing his time and energy. Six […]

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24 November 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Youth Ministry 3.0


I’m a regular reader of Mark Oestreicher’s blog ( and I have been reading about Youth Ministry 3.0 for at least a year. Marko posted a rough draft of every chapter on the blog and asked for feedback and for youthworkers to add comments and stories that he included in the sidebars of the book. […]

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03 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Andy for president

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