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New Job!

On July 1, 2017 I will become the Assistant Director for Leadership Training. This is a new national position and I will be responsible for equipping Area Directors around the country. This past fall, I had the chance to tell my colleagues why I thought the Area Director position was the most important role in […]

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Using Twitter for Ministry: #Hashtags – Part 2

Hashtags are an important part of Twitter and are confusing for a lot of people.  Let’s start with the basics.  Hashtags originated as a way to group tweets.  Chris Messina borrowed the idea of hashtags from the old Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels.  According to the Twitter Fan Wiki, “Hashtags were popularized during the San […]

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Using Twitter for Ministry: Basics – Part 1

Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging site where users share thoughts of up to 140 characters, known as a tweets. There are 200 million active users who tweet an average 400 million tweets per day. The site launched on March 21, 2006 . It is the fastest growing social media site today. Twitter […]

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Recovering from Burnout

I think every leader experiences it at some point.  It feels like there is nothing left to give.  We get tired.  Sometimes it seems the effort we put into something is all in vain.  Where do we go?  What should we do?  Is it unspiritual?  Most importantly, how do we recover? I got my inspiration […]

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Multiply your time

One of the realizations I believe we all have at some time in our life is that we have a limited amount of time.  There are only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week.  It seems as though there is never enough time to accomplish what we might want to do.  […]

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5 minute mentoring

The funny thing about working with college students is that while I keep getting older, they are always the same age, 18-22.  There are always students graduating and students who are just getting started.  Therefore, it is important to developing the next set of leaders.  I want to focus on one way to that I […]

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Reaching the whole campus

A few years the Bemidji State InterVarsity chapter was at the lowest point of involvement in about 20 years. We had a small leadership team and my wife and I were newly married. We decided that we would both lead two small groups and at the end of that year we had about forty students […]

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I’m too busy, are you?

Does it ever seem like everyone you talk to is “busy?”  Do you ever catch yourself answering the question, “how are you,” with “busy?”  Why are we so busy?  Is busy good?  Are we trying to impress people by being busy?  Does busyness indicate that we are important people?  Are we trying to avoid people […]

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Why do students leave their faith

Somewhere between 60% and 80% of high school students will leave their faith in college.  Depending on where you live and who is doing the research.  That is a LOT of students leaving their faith.  Unfortunately it hasn’t changed much over the past decade.  I remember hearing the same statistic quoted to me when I […]

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The Kingdom of

Since I was a little boy I have always loved building.  When I was real young, I would line rocks up in order using the size and shape.  The rocks were the building blocks.  As I got older I moved on to tinker toys, lincoln logs, legos, snow, and eventually computers.  I built my first […]