My Journey to an affirming denomination

My College professor told us in my first ministry class, “If you can do anything else and be happy, do it.” I have used that question as a gauge throughout many years working in small churches, large churches, rural churches, city churches. When Ministry became very hard and I wanted to quit, it was this […]

Read More…

When it’s time to say goodbye.

Since my first taste of youth ministry back in 2001 as a volunteer with middle school youth, I have had only one passion and felt only one call in my life. That call was to be a youth minister. After finishing college, I proceeded directly to seminary where I interned at a church in their […]

Read More…

Fight for Maternity Leave

I’ve got three kids. Three kids is SO MANY KIDS. (I know that there are many serving in ministry who have more kids. And you are amazing. Look:.  you’re amazing if you have one. Or two. Or nine. Or none. Let’s just agree everyone is amazing, unless they actively undergird the systems and policies that […]

Read More…

To my Cysters

3 years ago, I was at the gym, trying to furiously work off the weight that I’d been gaining, but to no avail, could not lose. I ate all the right things, drank zero calories, but I couldn’t lose the weight. So, I went to the gym regularly to try to get skinny. This particular […]

Read More…

Grieving as a Single Parent in Youth Ministry

Early in February, I volunteered to write a blog post for this month — Women in Youth Ministry Month.  Since that day, I have started and restarted writing this post no less than 50 times.  My topic? Grieving / navigating youth ministry as a single parent. Not exactly what I thought I would be writing […]

Read More…