Two months deep in my first full-time job and I’ve read more paperwork than I care to recall. The fall is a season of evaluation at YouthWorks, and we are dutifully processing through mounds of feedback–from site staff, from area directors, from participants, from service partners, housing partners, community friends, and more. If you had a […]Read more "Affectionate Communities: Bringing Affection Home"
Missions trips can be emotional, life-changing experiences. I went on missions trips and high school and I considered them watershed moments in my faith. Unfortunately, many people have dissimilar experiences with short-lived emotional highs that fades shortly after returning home. I’ve facilitated 23 missions trips for probably a hundred different groups and been on a […]Read more "Three Questions to Ask on Mission Trips"
Going into last summer, I knew I’d want to come back as a Site Director this summer. I love YouthWorks and the model of ministry that they are able to provide, and I have had (mostly) positive experiences with them. I find leadership empowering and being a Kids Club Coordinator has stretched and grown me as a person; […]Read more "Becoming an SD (Site Dad)"
I had recently been praying for Jesus’ provision. He ended up giving me empty pizza boxes. I can’t believe it! Let me back up first. As my time in Logan wanes to a close, I’ve been brainstorming how to leave well. The church has been incredibly gracious to invite me back after having spent the summer […]Read more "Jesus Gave Me Empty Pizza Boxes"
I’d never been so honored to be in handcuffs. Training for YouthWorks is a bit daunting, but the staff do as much as they can to make the experience enjoyable and memorable—impromptu dance parties, surprise Disney ballads, occasional worship sessions, and a plethora of other activities. During the training week, much of your training is […]Read more "I’d Never Been So Honored To Be In Handcuffs"
A train is slowly meandering through town; its presence is umissable between the blast of its whistle and the screeching of steel wheels on wet tracks. I’m insulated from the screech of the train and the little drizzle by the unmistakable red walls of Hot Cup. The shop sits awkwardly on a rounded corner of […]Read more "Why’d You Come Back? A Brief Return to Logan"
In Part 1 of this series, I mentioned my own spiritual roller coaster during adolescence as various retreats and missions trips got me fired up for Jesus only to settle back into ‘reality’ after a few shorts days or weeks. Working for YouthWorks, I see much of the same as carefully crafted missions trip experiences […]Read more "Spiritual Highs: Questions to Ask to Avoid a Let Down (Part 2)"