That must’ve been your first question or you wouldn’t have ended up on this page.
I’m glad you’re here!
It’s important that you know a bit about me before you waste your valuable time listening to anything I think or say, so here’s hoping for a good first impression.
Before I start listing my roles and experiences, I want you to know what’s most important to me: authenticity. I like everything out on the table in the light because God doesn’t work in the shadows. Other than fungus—nothing grows in the dark—especially relationships. And you and I are starting one.
As you get to know me, you’ll learn that I don’t pull punches or pretend. And I don’t waffle much. My deepest convictions about life and leadership were forged in fires and founded on God’s Word. If my beliefs didn’t come from Scripture or cost me anything, they wouldn’t be worth sharing with you.
So back to the question. Who am I?
I’m the youngest of four pastor’s sons who spent years of my life searching for significance. Before I could sincerely say, “I’m an adopted son of the Most High God,” I up and entered pastoral ministry. Sometimes I think it was a calling—other times I think it might have been the path of least resistance.
And no. I don’t think that’s an odd explanation. Like the original followers of Jesus, I found my identity in Christ as I followed him. It wasn’t a matter of vocation, education, or location, but that took me a long time to realize. I’m lucky because most people never figure that out. And it breaks my heart.
For nearly thirty years, I’ve been involved in local church ministry as a youth pastor, teaching pastor, and lead pastor. And since 1996, I’ve served only one congregation. If you’re waiting for me to say it’s a mega church, don’t hold your breath. It’s a church focused on building healthy—relationships.
In 2005, I became President of Endeavor Ministries. This organization was founded in 1881 and is considered to be the father of youth ministry, but when I entered the picture, it was almost extinct. Today, it is experiencing a huge resurgence because we leveraged our greatest asset—relationships.
In the last few years, I’ve been privileged to travel the world and speak in nearly 30 nations about the central theme of the Bible—God’s plan to restore his—relationship—with humankind. And my books have been used by 500K+ people in 80+ nations so far. And they’re all geared around—relationships.
You’ve probably noticed a pattern, huh? There’s definitely a theme to my life and leadership. I say it this way, “It’s all about relationships!” When you realize that reality, it becomes easy to ignore the unnecessary layers that distract you from the priorities of faith, family, fitness, friends, and finances.
I’m not perfect in any way. Just ask my adult sons and my wife, Cindy. The people closest to me will tell you that I don’t have any of the five “F” words figured out. My expertise is another “F” word: failure. And I promise to share everything I’ve learned to help you avoid it and achieve your own success.