How to Pass the Baton


You may not be in full-time youth ministry like me. But I bet you are just as concerned about passing on a strong faith to young people you care about. passing the batonWith the massive changes taking place in our culture today, do you ever wonder how to even start passing on your values to the next generation? I know one parent who felt so overwhelmed that he said, “I feel like I’m charging hell with a squirt gun!” God’s Way Psalm 78 gives us God’s simple yet profound secret for passing the baton. It also describes the disastrous results for Israel when they ignored His advice. Verses 4-7 are the crux of God’s counsel: "Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done…that they may set their hope in God and keep His commandments." God’s Wonders The people of Israel had a front-row seat to witness the incredible miracles of God – like crossing the Jordan River on dry ground, toppling the walls of Jericho in an instant, unlikely victories in battle, ...

More than Meets the Eye


My pastor calls it the SBIGO Principle – Something Bigger is Going On. Iceberg-UnderwaterI thought God just wanted me to write the book, Better Together – to record the “praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done” (Psalm 78:4) as seen through the Network since it began. I had just begun writing last June. The book was officially released in January. Since then, I’ve discovered people have an appetite for collaboration! Twenty organizations made the book their ministry resource for networking, and now almost all of the 6,000 printed copies are gone. Something Bigger is Going On among Christians. And that includes me. My old friend, Dan Erickson, confirmed it for me. Over 40 years ago we worked together in Campus Crusade (Cru). Now he lives in Canada, but we’ve kept in regular touch. Out of the blue, in a recent FaceTime call, Dan said, “I think your ministry calling has broadened. Though it still includes youth, I sense your passion for ‘collaboration’ throughout the ...

Youth Discipling Youth


Kanmani 7 -Royal KidsSome saw it as a flashback to the spirit of the Jesus Generation from 50 years ago. I witnessed evidence, first-hand, as part of the Asia Pacific Youth Congress in Bali Indonesia, April 20-24. Six hundred selected youth leaders in their 20s from 43 nations in Asia and beyond. Raising the roof in praise and worship. Jumping as they sang at the top of their lungs. Two hundred of us “senior leaders” entered in.  I can’t jump and sing at the same time, but I sincerely felt like jumping for joy upon seeing the authentic, heart-felt focus on Christ and their fire to take an active role to help fulfill the Great Commission. Together we cried out to God for this generation — not just to be reached but to be discipled. It was a leadership  event of something called the “4-to-14 Window Movement” challenging young leaders to accept the call of investing their lives in order to disciple those who are between the ages of 4-to-14. (80% of those who ...