Each Generation Faces Its Own Giants

Below is the “Pastor’s Pen” article that I’ve just written for the February issue of our church’s newsletter. I thought I’d share these thoughts here as well. In my morning devotions, I recently finished reading I and II Samuel. It had been a few years since I last read through these Old Testament books, so…

The Generative Church: Now Available

Purchase The Generative Church on Amazon.com Purchase The Generative Church on the publisher’s website Last week, the book that I’ve been working on for the last two years, The Generative Church: Global Conversations about Investing in Emerging Generations, was published by Wipf & Stock Publishers! Here’s the description of the book printed on its back…

InterGenerate Conference 2019: Early Registration Discount Ends Soon!!

If you want to bring the generations together in your church, this conference is designed just for you! When: InterGenerate will take place Monday-Wednesday, May 20-22, 2019 Where: Lipscomb University in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee Who: InterGenerate will include practitioners and academics from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions. Whether you’re just beginning to explore what…

You’re Invited! InterGenerate 2019

What: Please join the conversation about intergenerational ministry this coming summer at the international, cross-denominational conference called InterGenerate. When: InterGenerate will take place May 20-22, 2019 at Lipscomb University in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee. Purpose and Goals: Our purpose is to bring together practitioners and academics from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions in order to discuss the…

Introducing a Major New Book on Youth Ministry

I’m pleased to report that my doctoral supervisor, Professor Malan Nel, recently published Youth Ministry: An Inclusive Missional Approach. This is a substantial update of the volume that he previously published in Afrikaans in the late 90’s and in English in 2000 (more that 50% new content and something like 350 additional resources, as I…

Join Us for InterGenerate 2019

Registration is now open for the InterGenerate Conference 2019, which is scheduled to take place May 20-22 in Nashville, TN. If you’re not familiar with this conference, our website describes it this way: InterGenerate is a conference designed for both practitioners and academics seeking to enhance life-long faith formation through intergenerational Christian experiences. Senior pastors,…

How I Got Here: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of My Ordination

Today is a significant milestone for me: 20 years have now passed since my ordination service took place on August 16, 1998 at Indian River Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. I am someone who tends to pay attention to significant dates and to harness them as opportunities for reflection. Today has been no exception. I’ve…

InterGenerate Now Available: Order your copy today!

  Today is the official release date for InterGenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry. This book, which includes contributions from an outstanding cast of scholars and practitioners from across the world, is a great resource for anyone who… …is interested in a well-rounded, accessible introduction to intergenerational ministry. …has previously read Intergenerational Christian Formation or…

What I’m Working On: an exciting yearlong study

For several years, I’ve been eager to gain more experience as a qualitative researcher–to get out into the “field” and spend time interviewing people. The moment of opportunity for me to do this arose recently. I learned of a church in the area–we’ll call it “Emmaus Church”–that was preparing to transition from two services each…

Recent Feature in GenOn Ministries Newsletter

Throughout 2018, I am participating in a specially-formed Advisory Council for GenOn Ministries, a US-based organization committed to “Equipping Christian communities for discipleship through intergenerational relationships.” Recently, GenOn provided me the opportunity to share a bit about my own passion and work in their monthly newsletter. You can read the brief article featuring my reflctions,…

“One More Reason Cross-Generational Connections are Important”

Several weeks back, I contributed an article entitled “Three Reasons Why Cross-Generational Connections are Important” to the Youth Ministry Unleashed blog. Recently, I followed this up with an additional article, “One More Reason Cross-Generational Connections are Important”. If you haven’t seen it already, I encourage you to check it out!