Sixteen 2020 New Releases I’m Most Eager to Read

I love to read and try really hard to keep up with the literature that’s being published in my areas of interest. Here are sixteen books scheduled to be published in 2020 that I’m most eager to read. Some of these have already been released; others will be published in the months to come. There…

My First Steps: Remembering Those Who Encouraged and Empowered Me

This week, I am marking a significant anniversary in my vocational journey. On April 22nd, 1990, I gave my first solo mini-concert during a Sunday evening service at my home church in Bismarck, North Dakota. Prior to this occasion, I had contributed to the life of the church in a variety of ways, including singing…

Why I’m Thankful We Had to Cancel Our Worship Services

  A View from the Evening News In recent days, I’ve been struck by a series of news reports featuring footage of young Americans being interviewed on the streets of major cities and crowded Southern beaches teaming with Spring Break revelers. When asked why they weren’t taking warnings about the risk of contracting COVID-19 more…

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…