Month: May 2012

Steve Stroope on Leadership and Kingdom Impact in Youth Ministry

Here is a great podcast from Lead 222. This is the latest Leader Talk featuring Steve Stroope. Steve Stroope is the L

Here is a great podcast from Lead 222. This is the latest Leader Talk featuring Steve Stroope.

Steve Stroope is the Lead Pastor at Lake Pointe Church, Rockwall, Texas.

Called to pastor Lake Pointe shortly after its’ founding in 1979, Steve Stroope leads a congregation that has grown from 53 at its inception to more than 11,000 members or regular attendees each week at several area campuses. In addition to preaching, Steve provides coaching to partnership churches and pioneer missionaries in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Cuba, Russia, Mexico, France, South Africa, and North America. Pastor Steve’s spiritual gifts are evangelism, leadership, teaching, and talking to strangers on airplanes. He has a passion for seeing that the Gospel is presented to unchurched people in a culturally relevant style without compromising its truth. He also believes that one of the keys to an effective church is keeping a balance between evangelism and discipleship. Because of this belief, he is a strong supporter of the small-group ministry at Lake Pointe.

Although he is a sought-after speaker and church consultant both nationally and throughout the world, his heart is for the local church, and he looks forward to many more years at Lake Pointe.

Pastor Steve graduated from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, with a B.A. in Psychology and received the Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his wife Marsha have two grown daughters, three grandsons and one granddaughter.

I really enjoyed the conversation that Bo and Andy had with Steve as they talked through Kingdom Impact in youth ministry. I though that the discussion about self leadership was quite helpful. Many times we focus on leading both vertically and laterally, but often times growing your own leadership qualities takes a backseat. We stop reading and listening to those that challenge us and we stop growing as a leader. I have seen this happen and I think that Steve is right as he talks about self leadership and that being the area that needs the most focus, so that we can be the best leader possible.

I also think that Steve does a remarkable job as he works through how both young and older youth workers can become better at communicating to the senior pastors in our lives what it is exactly that we are doing in student ministry. He also is very clear that sometimes their is a communication breakdown between senior and youth pastors because there has never been that coaching discussion between the two parties as to how each one expects to be led and, or reported to.

How do you report back to the leadership team in your church, or organization what it is that you are doing weekly, monthly, and yearly?

Are you expected to report back and do you have a clear expectations on how you are to do that?

Here is what Steve Stoope asks from his leaders when they meet once a month.

1) Tell me what you have been doing in the last 30 days.

2) Tell me what you plan to spend your time, energy and focus on in the next thirty days?

3) How can I help you as your supervisor in making those plans come to fruition?

The thing that stuck out for me in this was those three easy steps towards creating clear communication between pastor and youth ministry,

Do you have a clear idea what your senior pastor wants from the youth ministry?

Do your volunteers have a clear idea of what you expect from them?

I would strongly recommend listening to the whole podcast as Steve gives some great insight into how he leads and what he expects from those that he is leading. He asks some heavy questions about spiritual growth and health that I think every leader needs to ask as they strive to be a better leader today than they were yesterday.



Free Resources Online via Slides That Rock | Think Youth Ministry

This presentation features three of my favourite free resource sites for creating any publications that I send out.

1) Font Squirrel  – A great place to find new fonts.

2) Compfight – Great place to search for stock photos that pop.

3) COLOURlovers – For everyone that struggles with colour matching, this is your relief.

Thanks ThinkYouthMinistry for posting this great example of a slide show that pops!



Slides That Rock | Think Youth Ministry.

David C Cook eBooks. Free. Each Week.

But when life derails, and things don’t go as we had planned, our thin view of God is challenged. In those critical moments, we can choose to walk away from God, or to let our questions lead us home. When we choose to wrestle with God, to engage Him for ourselves, we-like Jacob and Job and David-will see rumors die and revelation come alive

via – David C Cook eBooks. Free. Each Week..

learning my lines. . .: Marvel Comics and Same-Sex Marriage. . . .

I posted a link to the comic news a few days ago, but today the day after the comic was released many sources have run stories on Northstar’s same-sex wedding. I will be following this story for a few days and then posting quotes from each source next week.

The comic book’s same-sex wedding is certainly reflective of what’s happening in our culture. Our understanding of love, sex, marriage, and homosexuality is all over the place. Differences in understanding and belief run across political, demographic, and geographical lines. It’s complex. And if you’re a parent or youth worker, you also know that differences in belief and opinion run across generational lines. At times, I’m encouraged by the fact that compassion is growing among the younger generations. That compassion, I hope, is spreading into the church. But compassion is blurring with tolerance and acceptance. That’s a trend that’s cause for concern.

via learning my lines. . .: Marvel Comics and Same-Sex Marriage. . . ..

CBC – Doc Zone – Episode – Sext Up Kids

I was told about this by Brett Ullman the other day and it is a fantastic watch for anyone in Youth Ministry. Sorry, to anyone outside of Canada as you will not be able to watch the whole episode on the CBC Doc Zone site.

Sext up KIDS exposes how growing up in a hyper-sexualized culture hurts our kids. Teens and pre-teens show and tell what they are doing and why they are doing it.   Experts reveal startling new research, tracking how the pressure to be sexy is changing teen and sexual behavior in alarming ways, as “anal becomes the new oral.” Parents and educators struggle to help kids navigate puberty in a world where the line between pop culture and porn culture is increasingly blurred. For every parent who thinks, “that’s not my son or daughter,” Sext up KIDS

I also like that there are links to all the resources on the website as well by clicking on the resource tab under the view box. The full video is 45 minutes and I would love to hear your feedback on whether, or not you see this in today’s culture, or if you think it is an exaggeration of what is going on in the lives of the teenagers we work with.


CBC – Doc Zone – Episode – Sext Up Kids.

Comic Vine’s Top 100 Batman Universe Stories – Comic Vine

As a huge Batman fan and the upcoming release of the new Batman film this list is a great place to start catching up on your Batman history. I have read the top ten and the latest “Court of Owls” story line would make for a great movie. The continuation of this story in “Night of the Owls” if done right will be in the top ten and could even crack the top five.


Comic Vine’s Top 100 Batman Universe Stories – Comic Vine.

The Billboard Music Awards 2012 (AKA The Millennial Music Awards Show) | Ypulse

Interesting article on the Billboard Awards.

But the show is keeping up with the ever-changing music scene, not only in how it determines winners, taking into account social media interaction and engagement, but also in terms of the categories it awards, including Top Social Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, and Top Streaming Artist and Song.

Do you find award shows like the Grammys, AMA’s, Billboards etc. helpful in keeping up with the popular music scene?

How do you keep up with what’s new and hot in music?

The Billboard Music Awards 2012 (AKA The Millennial Music Awards Show) | Ypulse.

Book Review: Tribes – Youth Ministry Media | Youth Ministry Media

I am working my way through Seth Godin’s book Tribes to use this summer and I came across this great review from Youth Ministry Media.

This is a great Canadian site that looks at everything from Social Media trends to Apps that you can use for ministry. A great resources for any youth worker.

Anyway, back to Seth Godin’s amazing book. This book is a great look at leadership beyond the status quo. It shows how leadership can be global and community centred all at the same time. Social media and the technology available to all leaders has changed the size of influence available to any leader.

Youth ministry is a huge tribe.  There is a common connection that we are trying to reach teenagers.  A community is building online, and I want to be apart of that!  I hope that when you come to this website you feel more connected that ever!  I value your voice, and I love your input into the conversation.  I am thankful that you are reading this right now.


Book Review: Tribes – Youth Ministry Media | Youth Ministry Media.