I have met far too many youth leaders who have been fired. Some of them have been let go for legit reasons. Others have been fired because they were doing God's work in God's way and it created a ripple effect that not everyone liked. I even wrote a book called Firing Jesus that was inspired by the firing of a youth leader who was advancing the Gospel by reaching "those kids." The pastor didn't like it and he lost his job as a result.
1. Refuse to let your kids participate in the "pagan" practice of collecting dyed Easter eggs. Instead lecture them on the dangers of syncretism.
1. Preaching with a large price tag dangling from my new suit. My co-pastor slipped me a note informing me of my gaffe mid-sermon but by then everyone knew that I was an idiot!
1. You've ticked off the church treasurer...who is the sister-in-law to the head elder...who is brother to the pastor.
2. You used the "pitched your tents" clip on Youth Sunday during your sermon and now a special meeting has been called.
3. The pastor refers to you as the next ex-youth pastor in staff meeting.
1. When nobody's looking hide Gospel tracts in the body cavity of the turkey (along with the stuffing.) When your guests discover them act surprised and call it a miracle.
2. Start the Thanksgiving prayer by saying, "Lord, bless the food on the table and save the sinners around it."
Everyone's buzzing about the reports of evil clowns roaming the streets, cities and countryside. My son has been keeping me up-to-date on the latest clown sightings. Some are hiding in the woods, wielding machetes and generally creating all sorts of evil clown mayhem.
I've always believed that clowns were up to no good. They are mimes gone wrong. Something is broken inside of them. And now everyone else is realizing how right I was. For years I have warned people and, just now, they're starting to believe me.
But it may be too late.
I live in the state of Colorado. Ten years ago we were known for being "Broncos" country (yes!), ski country (yes!) and hunting/hiking/fishing country (yes! yes! yes!)
Now we are known for all of that plus being one of a growing number of "stoner states" where marijuana is legal for recreational use (Boo!)
As a lifelong Colorado resident, I'm not happy about that. In my opinion, we have exchanged some of our swagger as a tough state for one that prefers Doritos and doobies. And, as the Founder of a ministry that is committed to reaching teenagers with the hope of Jesus Christ, I'm very concerned about that.