Category Archives: Youth Group

Leaving On A Jet Plane

When I promised a few days ago to repair the list of recommended readings, I forgot that I would be at Harding University until Wednesday.  I didn’t have time to get to the office before I went, so I promise to fix it on Wednesday.

If you read this the moment it is supposed to post, I’ll already be in Memphis, TN.  That means my flight left Ronald Reagan at 6:00 a.m.  That was 3:00 a.m. for those of you in Cali.  I’ll be at Harding University today and tomorrow meeting with the Uplift team about the Uplift camp session this summer.  Lisa (my wife) talked me into teaching because they always need teachers and we have a great group of adults going this year to pick up the slack.  I wish they were there last year to pick up the slack as well :).

Our youth group has shown great growth in the last two years, numerically as well as spiritually.  Since I can quantify the spiritual side, here’s some numbers to chew on while I change planes and head to Little Rock:

Numbers attending Uplift at Harding University:

2006 2007
Teens 14 21
Adults 3 11

Audioblog – Career Day!

I had a shadow yesterday.  Winston from our youth group decided to follow me around to see what a day in the life of Brad is all about.  To mark such a special occasion, I had him record an audioblog with me.  Enjoy, and be sure to answer his tag question in the comments. EitherContinue Reading

Be careful what you share…

you never know where it will turn up. Advising you to watch what you share allows me the less bragging way of telling you that some comments I made about youth ministry turned up in the latest edition of Group Magazine (March/April 2007).  It was kind of surprising because they didn’t tell me it wouldContinue Reading

Ahhhh… The Waltons…

A couple of days ago, while trying to convince myself to go ahead and go running despite the cold, I flipped through television channels and happened upon an episode of The Waltons.  I had never really watched that show, but remember when I was younger that my mom liked it and it was often viewedContinue Reading

Train of Thought

Before the real post, check out this neat review of Microsoft Vista, the new operating system that is supposed to replace Windows.  I love any review that includes the line: Ironically, playing around with Vista for more than a month has done what years of experience and exhortations from Mac-loving friends could not: it hasContinue Reading

Lock-in called on account of rain?

You know that you have been a bit busy when the way you find out that a tropical storm is headed your way is when it blows the door out of your hand in the morning (and smashes your thumb on the rebound).  Honestly, I had no idea that there was a storm coming.  I’veContinue Reading

Office back together

For the first time since our water mishap, the offices are back together and functional.  The carpet guys finished up on Friday, and the new carpet looks great.  It is a dark grey, probably more black.  The walls have been repainted a grey color, so the scheme works really well.  It is kind of funnyContinue Reading

Great levels of growth!

God is really blessing our group at this camp experience.  They have come together in amazing ways.  Other groups here are having severe behavior problems, but our teens are representing our home congregation in an amazing way.  We’ve got our issues like everyone (smelly dorm rooms), but I couldn’t be more proud of our teens.Continue Reading

Great News from Uplift!!!

Darn the proper names policy.  I know it is for other’s safety, especially when it deals with teens or kids.  Anyway… Two of our girls were baptized tonight.  If you are an Arlington member or are just really interested you can call the office to find out who they were.  It was clear to usContinue Reading

Uplift – Day 1

We’ve had an incredible time in just the last 24 hours.  Our teens have really come together to support each other and have thrown themselves completely into participating.  If there is one regret that I have as far as this trip is concerned, it is that I have a policy against writing proper names inContinue Reading