for the love of panic

April 30, 2009

I was out of town & offline this weekend when everything started breaking loose with swine flu.  I believe it’s tragic that people have lost their lives because of this disease & I hope that people wiser than i are able to quickly and effectively provide treatment and help for those suffering from it.

929117_22204583however, i’m deeply, deeply concerned by the media and general public’s response to this disease outbreak. Read the rest of this entry »


Seismos pt. 5 – the 6 inquiries we settled on

April 29, 2009

picture-65Seismos is a gathering of 17 youth leaders from 4 states & 15 churches representing over 9 different denominations. We met for three days (April 20-22, 2009) to dig into what the future of youth ministry might be. Mark Oestreicher’s “Youth Ministry 3.0” formed the leaping off point for our discussion (many of our thoughts will make more sense if you’ve read it). On this seventh post (intro, first, second, third, highlight video, fourth posts), we’ve (finally) arrived at the point where we were ready to pick some topics to drill into more specifically.   Read the rest of this entry »


Seismos pt. 4 – YM 2.0 appreciative inquiry & related thoughts

April 29, 2009

picture-65Seismos is a gathering of 17 youth leaders from 4 states & 15 churches representing over 9 different denominations. We met for three days (April 20-22, 2009) to dig into what the future of youth ministry might be. Mark Oestreicher’s “Youth Ministry 3.0” formed the leaping off point for our discussion (many of our thoughts will make more sense if you’ve read it).  For this sixth post (intro, first, second, third, highlight video posts), I’m going to outline our appreciative inquiry of Youth Ministry 2.0 & some of the questions that came up related to it.  By the way, sorry about the delay since the last post…I’ve been on spring retreat with my middle schoolers & am finally back & recovered & ready to keep rolling on here.  I’m interested to hear your feedback Read the rest of this entry »


seismos – video break

April 23, 2009

check out this great little video that Tom Roepke put together using animoto (by the way, if you don’t use animoto, you should!):

more notes from our conversations to come over the next few days (week)!


Seismos pt. 3 – initial conversations & YM 1.0 appreciative inquiry

April 22, 2009

picture-65Seismos is a gathering of 17 youth leaders from 4 states & 15 churches representing over 9 different denominations.  We met for three days (April 20-22, 2009) to dig into what the future of youth ministry might be.  For this fourth post (intro, first, second posts), I’m going to mention a few of the thoughts that were brought up during our first conversation & reflect on them as well as outline our appreciative inquiry of Youth Ministry 1.0.   Read the rest of this entry »


seismos pt. 2 – a beginning list of questions

April 22, 2009

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Seismos is a gathering of 17 youth leaders from 4 states & 15 churches representing over 9 different denominations.  We’re meeting for three days to dig into what the future of youth ministry might be.  For this third post (you can see the first two here & here), we’ll dive into our first real discussion, which we used to list questions that had been raised the last few weeks as we’d read the book and thought about it.  Some of these questions are very directly connected to material in the book and some are more general questions.  The next several posts after this will include appreciative inquiries of Youth Ministry 1.0 and Youth Ministry 2.0, and then discussions of what we decided our top 6 questions were. Read the rest of this entry »


seismos pt. 1 – the future of youth ministry

April 21, 2009

picture-65Seismos is a gathering of 17 youth leaders from 4 states & 15 churches representing over 9 different denominations.  We’re meeting for three days to dig into what the future of youth ministry might be.  This is the second post, which will give you a glimpse of who is here participating in the conversation.

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