Category Archives: Ministry

About my faith and my vocation.

A Conversation with Henri Nouwen

When I was editor of Youthworker Journal many years ago I conducted a phone interview with the late priest Henri Nouwen for an issue we were doing on personal spirituality (spring 1993). I recently found the mini-cassette of that interview … Continue reading

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Compassion in Haiti

I received a letter today from Compassion International which is posted below because God may be leading you (as he is Marci and I) to reach out to help the thousands of people who have been impacted by yesterday’s earthquake … Continue reading

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Hooray! YS will keep right on “Tic-ing”

Well, the news is out about the future of Youth Specialties and I’m happy to report that it’s very good. YouthWorks, the Minneapolis-based ministry that purchased YS from Zondervan a couple months ago has re-hired Tic Long to come back … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

I wish I could say that I spent the first full day of the new year doing something constructive or creative but I watched football all day. Three games. Actually I think I watched six or seven football games this … Continue reading

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Maybe the Church of Christ Has It Right

College Avenue Baptist Church (San Diego) is doing something radical this coming spring. It is combining it’s two Sunday morning services into one. No longer will there be a traditional service featuring the pipe organ and Sanctuary choir followed by … Continue reading

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Youth Specialties in Transition

I’ve been getting phone calls from people wanting to know how I feel about the recent changes at Youth Specialties. Earlier this year, Tic Long was let go, and last week, Mark Oestreicher (Marko) was also released of his duties. … Continue reading

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Help Choose the Cover of My New Book

Standard Publishing has asked for some feedback on two cover designs for my new book Generation to Generation. What do you think? Which do you like best? Keep in mind that this is a book for parents. Click on the … Continue reading

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Shameless Plug for My New Book

I have a new book which just came out titled Engaging Parents as Allies, a book for youth workers on how to work with parents. It’s part of a three-book series called “Youth Ministry in the Trenches” which the publisher … Continue reading

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Early YFC Memories

My friend Paul Sailhamer unearthed an old photograph that he took at a YFC gathering at Hume Lake in 1962 and sent me a copy last week. I was 17 years old in this photo, a senior in high school … Continue reading

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Salute to Tic Long

This week is Tic Long’s last at Youth Specialties, the organization I co-founded with my old friend Mike Yaconelli.  Mike and I and our friend Denny Rydberg ran YS for the first seven or eight years, and then we made … Continue reading

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