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From My Files: “A Word Received”

April 10, 2014 by


When I first began as a Young Life leader, I was encouraged to take notes, and keep handouts that were given to me.  I began collecting these in a three ring binder than soon multiplied into many binders.  I since have scanned these notes and handouts into my computer, making them searchable and much more […]

Freakiligious: Stuff you didn’t know you needed to know about the American Church

February 4, 2014 by


The Mounting Imperative for Evangelism There are two ways to grow the Church: fertility and conversion[1]. Of the two, the most time-tested method of growth is fertility: Christ-following parents tend to disciple their children in the faith, creating a pattern of devotion across generations. Following this line of logic, the more children Christ-following parents have […]

Improving an Unhealthy Team

January 29, 2014 by


For those of us in leadership roles, the team we lead is often a number of teams comprised of individuals.  It’s a team of teams.  This is often very different from leading just a team of individuals.  It adds a whole layer to our leadership that is not quite the same. Inevitably as we lead […]

A Dashboard for Young Life Leaders

November 19, 2013 by


(Disclaimer: although most of L42day’s posts can be read with profit whether you are a part of the Young Life mission or not, today’s post is aimed specifically at those who are leading or supervising Young Life clubs.) Young Life leaders: Do the numbers at the left mean anything to you?  Can you make any […]

Leadership and Discouragement

October 29, 2013 by


Leadership can be a lonely enterprise at times.  The longer we lead people, the more isolated and abandoned we sometimes feel.  There is a tension in loving the people that you also lead.  We get closer to them, and yet we are their authority.  Inevitably we will have some of the people we lead make […]

Creating Culture – Part 2

April 2, 2013 by


How do we create culture?  The question is far too broad and deep to thoroughly address in a blog post (or even a series of posts).  Brilliant men and women spend their lives studying culture.  As leaders, we need to continually challenge ourselves; therefore, it is a worthwhile endeavor to spend time thinking, reading, and […]

Context, Culture, and Communication

March 26, 2013 by


In John Chapter 7, the Jewish people were celebrating the Feast of the Tabernacles.  The yearly Feast commemorated the 40 years of Israel’s wanderings through the desert.  The high point of the Feast occurred each night when water was brought up from the Pool of Siloam and delivered to the Temple.  The Jews celebrated God’s […]