Columbia Biblical Seminary

I’m in Columbia, South Carolina, for two weeks taking a few Seminary classes at Columbia Biblical Seminary. We just finished up “Doing Theology in Context”, and Monday I’ll be beginning “Missional Leadership.”

These two classes are part of my Master’s degree courseload, and I’m enjoying them. Class from 8 am until 5 pm is pretty heavy, though.

Please pray for me to finish well this week. Thanks!

Nine Books in Six Weeks

I'm taking two summer intensive courses at Columbia Seminary. One is on Missional Leadership (I have to read 1200 pages pre-class), and the other one is called, "Doing Theology Contextually." Here is my PRE-course reading list. I started last week. Let's see if I can finish them in time. I also have to write a report on each book, but that is not a very big assignment. Oh, did I mention I'm finishing up another online class this month, too? And they don't call this full time.

Doing Theology Contextually (June 7)


Strange Virtues: Ethics in a Multicultural World (http://amzn.to/d43XJv)
Jacob and the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel's Story (http://amzn.to/aFam8h)
Models of Contextual Theology (http://amzn.to/cpoScR)
Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on the Culture (http://amzn.to/cDJll7)

Missional Leadership (June 14)
Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church – 304 pages – FINISHED last week (http://amzn.to/bUVWYg)
Off Road Disciplines: Spiritual Adventures of Missional Leaders – 240 pages – FINISHED May 9 (http://amzn.to/cgQxYR)
Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading – 252 pages (http://amzn.to/bpvBhj)
The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church – 176 pages (http://amzn.to/cjCuvs)
The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church – 304 pages (http://amzn.to/9sOanq)

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Ministry Happenings – First Quarter 2010

After last week’s whirlwind trip (I’ll write more about that later), we finally got around to turning in an overdue report to Youth Ministry International for the first quarter of 2010, which gives an overview of our ministry activity.

Here are some of the things that were accomplished in the first quarter of 2010, either by our family or a part of our YMI team in Latin America:

  • Met with a pastor in Cuernavaca about youth ministry training in his city, taught his youth group, and preached in his church (watch the video)
  • Taught an evangelism conference to a youth group in Toluca, Mexico
  • Participated in 2 city-wide youth leaders conferences in downtown Mexico City
  • Preached at a local church youth camp for Spring Break
  • We’ve published 38 articles on
  • Received over 4800 visits and more than 11,000 pageviews on our ministry website. We receive emails from people all over Latin America asking for training because of the articles, resources, etc, that we put on the site.
  • Participated in a regional youth leaders conference in Cuba, teaching 2 training sessions and preaching in the opening service
  • Taught Contemporary Communication at the Bachelor’s level in Mexico
  • Taught Professional Orientation to Youth Ministry at the Bachelor’s level in Mexico
  • Taught Contemporary Communication at the Diploma level in Mexico
  • Taught Troubled Youth class at the Diploma level in Mexico
  • Taught a mentoring class in a local church (based on material used in Youth Discipleship)
  • Taught an informal YM philosophy workshop in Sonora at a regional camp
  • Taught an informal YM workshop in Toluca to youth leaders

We are excited to be a part of what God is doing in Latin America. Who knows what the next quarter holds!!!

Graduation in Santiago

Last Saturday night I had the chance to be at the first graduation of youth ministry students from the Baptist Seminary in Santiago, Cuba. There were 19 graduates overall.

This class was one of the first graduating classes taught entirely by national professors trained by Youth Ministry International over a period of 3 years.

There’s a lot more to say about this, but for now, I’m just going to post the photo.

19 of the Second Generation Graduates

The House is Finished!

We’ve officially moved into our new house! The renovation is finally done, and we are here. We still have a few little things to move in, but basically this weekend we finished the moving. Check out the video to see how the house turned out, and thanks for your support!

It’s Been a Busy Month

Today we finished up one of the most busy seasons of ministry in a while. In the last four weeks, we have traveled to Cuernavaca (about 2 hours south of Mexico City) as a family, taught an evangelism workshop in Toluca (about an hour away), preached at a local church here in Mexico City, preached in chapel, and done a mentoring training at a local church in Mexico City.

We’ve also participated in a youth worker meeting for leaders in Mexico City, started a new term at the Seminary, redesigned our Spanish youth ministry site, begun more classes in the certificate program, met with a new friend who wants to train youth workers in Mexico, begun taking a new class for my Master’s class, and started to fix up the new house. All with Janell in the first trimester of her pregnancy.

It’s been very busy month! But we’re not finished with being busy.

Here are a few things we have coming up: Speaking at a Spring Break Camp, a tip to Cuba to visit with our colleagues there, more certificate classes, moving to our new house, and Easter Sunday.

What have you been up to? We’d love to know. Comment below.

Family Time at the Seminary Playground

We are excited to move into the house at the Seminary soon. One of the reasons is so that the kids can play more outside. Today we spent some time at the playground with some of the other kids from the “Seminary Family.”