Great overnighter music video

I have my annual middle school all nighter this Friday night … the clock is ticking down!  I found this on Josh’s blog a while back (and posted it here), but with this Friday looming it’s on my mind!  Just thought any of my leaders surfing my blog would get a kick out of it … maybe I should have posted it after the event is over … this might scare them off …

Training in the art of reading

I just stumbled across Mark DeVries latest article over at Simply Youth Ministry, “Training in the art of reading,” and being someone who loves to read the title just jumped out at me!  I thought it was a great piece on the importance of reading and actively trying to grow.  If you like it, follow the link at the end for the rest of the article.

Training in the art of reading, Mark DeVries

Most youth directors I have met are frustrated,

…frustrated that their churches seem stuck in “the way it’s always been done,”
…frustrated that the wheels of the church grind so slowly forward,
…frustrated about feeling stuck, powerless to bring about any real change.

But the few youth leaders I’ve met who know how to catalyze and navigate strategic change tend to have one odd quality in common: They are readers.

I know what you’re thinking: “Readers? I was hoping for something practical.”

The truth is that, in the long run, if not the short, there are few things more “practical” for youth workers than developing the habit of reading. I love the way Socrates put it:

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

I learned a long time ago that I simply don’t have enough years to make all the mistakes myself. If I want to accelerate my effectiveness, there is really only one way of doing it: finding mentors. And though I am a great proponent of finding face-to-face mentors, I am convinced that our most accessible mentors are often the writers whose works are easily at our fingertips.

Find the rest of the article here.

Tending the Temple Challenge week 9 results!

Hey everyone!  Can you believe we only have a handful of weeks left until our ‘finale’?  December 16th is the finale for season six of Biggest Loser and our final weigh in day as well – that’s just four weeks away!  Let’s give a push and finish strong!  Our winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 17th.

Next week I’ll give some tips for keeping your appetite under control during Thanksgiving!  Would you believe I lost a pound the week of Thanksgiving back when I was in diet mode?  And that was with me even having two different types of pie!  It can be done.

But enough on that … here’s the Biggest Loser of the week:  Felicia!  Felicia cranked out a 1.8% loss this week – AMAZING!  Joining her in the 1% hall of fame is Eric with a 1.08% weight loss!  And because they were so close, I’m going to give a shout out to Wendy with a 0.98% loss and Kim with a 0.92% loss!

If you didn’t get your weight in to me yet, still send it in!  It’s never to late to report in … it’s just too late to be Biggest Loser of the week …

Wow … could I have used any more exclamation points in this post?  I may have gone a little crazy!!!

My new Mt. Dew phone!


Carissa and Karina, a couple of the girls in my youth group, got me the COOLEST thing ever: a Mountain Dew telephone!!!  Here’s how it works; at the base of the can is the keypad and the hanging up button, so when you set it down it hangs up.  There are speaker holes near the top, a mic hole at the bottom, and a rediculously high cool factor throughout.

Anyway, I showed up at small groups last night and they surprised me with it!  I love being a youth pastor!