had a great weekend…well, a day, really. a crew of us went out to EJ’s lake house in the pocono’s to celebrate beth f’s birthday. it was a really good time hiking, playing games, talking church & youth ministry, eating pizza, and the like. got to spend some good time with spence & beth chatting youth min…it’s always good talking with them and brainstorming, since we’re serving very similar positions, just in different churches. there are some interesting inherent differences in youth ministry which differ from regular church; because most youth ministries are essentially growing a church within a church. i remember a line from a doug fields training resource (i don’t remember which one) in which he commented that youth are different in that you often have to go the extra mile not just to teach, but actually to convince youth that they need to be taught. good thought for an old guy working with kids (really, i love you doug).