I've begun writing for two more online youth ministry publications this week!
First, I'll be writing posts on Leading Up for Canadian Youth Worker:
Imagine leadership in the church like climbing up a mountain. You've got all your gear and tools, your boots and tents and axes and ropes. Everyone is strapped in together by a common rope and we're all headed towards the top. There are plenty of dangerous pitfalls and slippery slopes, as well as beautiful vistas and the refreshing beauty of God's creation. You're in the middle of the team, fellow travelers behind you and before you. The person in front is setting the pace and leading the way.
So how do you lead from the middle? How does a leader implement significant change within the church and culture, regardless of job description or chronological age? How do we navigate church politics and systems without getting frustrated, deflated, or fired? What does it look like to lead up?
Read the rest here.
I'm also really excited to begin writing film reviews and theological reflections for my great friends at The Youth Cartel. First up: a theological reflection of The Avengers:
Black Widow: “Wait. You might wanna sit this one out, Cap. These guys are basically gods.”
Captain America: “There’s only one God, ma’am. And I don’t think he dresses like that.”
So goes the brief exchange immediately prior to Captain America’s leap from an airplane to engage Thor, Loki, and Iron Man in another gripping fight sequence from last year’s summer blockbuster, The Avengers. The mention of the divine is rare in this film—it’s not exactly meant to make us think as much as make us “ooooh” and “aaaah” at superhero awesomeness— but that doesn’t mean God is absent.
You’re probably familiar with The Avengers already, so I won’t go into all the details of plot summary, suffice to say that a group of gifted individuals must save the world from an evil invasion led by a deceptive spiritual being from another world. Come to think of it, that same description can be applied to the church. Maybe not “save the world” ourselves, but certainly use our Spirit-given gifts to be salt and light to a dark world.
Read the rest here.
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