Archive for students


Posted in disciplines, Ministry, spiritual disciplines, Teaching, Theology with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2009 by Walter

If I am honest, one of the disciplines that I overlook and take for granted the most is prayer.  Probably because so much of my prayer experiences have been dull, boring, hard work, tedious, etc.  I cognitively know that prayer is powerful and effective.  I have been the recipient of many prayers that I know have sustained me through some really difficult times of my faith.

This morning I was reminded how fantastic prayer can be.  My disciplines class embarked upon a Concert of Prayer where I lead them through several different modes of praying, from silent meditation to group prayer, to confessional journaling, to group artistic efforts on a white board and so on.  It is always a risky effort taking people to places where they may never have been before.  I never know how a group is going to respond to an exercise like this.  This morning I dragged myself to work through 15 degree weather, sleepy, tired with a looooooong day ahead of me.  So my own soul and disposition was left wanting.  However, after an hour of recalibrating my soul, being reminded of hos God is truly at work in this world, and seeing 40 college student give themselves so freely in prayer was indescribably encouraging.  Hearing a room filed with prayers from all corners is overwhelming and uplifting.  The things you wrote on the board were rich with depth.  Just watching you as you prayed and prayed and prayed was so amazing!  Thank you Discipline Class for such an encouraging experience and uplift to my soul.

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:3-6



Posted in Ministry, Teaching, Theology with tags , , , on December 12, 2008 by Walter

I am sitting here watching my students write, and write, and write for their final.  My hope is that this is a final that is much more about implementing the concepts from class into real life situations and less about rote memory skills.

This is my Introduction to Youth Ministry students who have become a really great community over the past four months as we gathered together twice a week to hash out many of the different issues and skills necessary for entering in to youth ministry.

  • My hope is that they are THINKERS more than COPIERS as they embark upon youth ministry.
  • I hope they think OUTSIDE THE BOX of traditional youth ministry and do something wild and crazy for God.
  • I hope they don’t just replicate what they have seen, but listen to God’s voice.
  • I pray they gather a TEAM of committed adults around them and not do Lone Ranger ministry.
  • I pray for LONGEVITY in ministry for the sake of their heart and the hearts of their students.

I just want to say “Thank You,” to my students from this semester and I hope our paths cross often.