Don’t Let Someone’s Character Surprise You

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I have a morning routine. I make coffee before I do almost anything else. Sometimes I prepped the coffee maker the night before, and sometimes I have to prep and brew in the same motion.

But do you want to know something that has never happened? I have never pushed brew on the coffee maker and watched the coffee pot fill with soda. Why is that? Because the coffee maker does what it is made to do — make coffee.

Over the years I have learned a similar lesson about people — I cannot let myself be surprised when someone does something that lines up with who they have been while I have known them.

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Check It Out-Leading Worship

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I remember being in high school and leading my youth group in worship. I was passionate about worship, and never understood why others wouldn’t sing. I learned so much through the many mistakes I made during those years. Maybe I’ll write out some of my learnings at some point.

Until then, here’s an interesting article on leading worship in small settings  written by Tim Price at the Youth Specialties blog. Check it out and see what you can learn.

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What is 3 Question Leadership?

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Have you ever stopped to realize there are certain patterns or repetitions in your life? Maybe it has to do with the routines you hold, or the activities in which you participate. For me, I realized one day I have a tendency to develop things in groups of threes.

I learned quite a few years back that when preaching a sermon series, three weeks is the most natural for me. As I develop ideas and prepare to deliver them, two weeks often seems too little, while the fourth week was always the least effective or productive.

Three week series are only the beginning. I can point to the recurring “three” theme in so many places. The basis for this blog is going to be three questions I am teaching a group of student leaders in my ministry, but there are actually several other threes I will discuss from time to time.

Let me give a quick disclaimer: I do not think the number three is magical or the final say on lists. I will not limit myself to posts with only three ideas. But the three questions is the starting point, and we all have to start somewhere, right?

So, what are the 3 Questions?

You’ll have to come back and keep reading to find out.

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Student Leadership Takes Many Shapes

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Part of the regular rotation here will be links to other blog posts that catch my attention.

Here’s a great article from Jen Bradbury over at the Download Youth Ministry Blog:

“Our youth ministry had its annual Christmas party last week.

That, by itself, isn’t all that remarkable.

What’s remarkable is the fact that I wasn’t there. Nor were any of our ministry’s other adult leaders. We were at adult leader’s training. Meanwhile, our high school teens were partying.

Who was in charge, you might ask?

Our student leaders.”

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Could your Student Leaders accomplish that task? Would you give them the chance?

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