All posts by: Dennis Beckner

I was dreading 2020 months before it even got here. I’m not a profit. I had no idea what was going to happen, I was just dreading the over use of “2020 vision” in everything from marketing, to business plans,...
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Last year I finished my time at Saddleback Church’s high school ministry, and moved to Atlanta. From Atlanta, I felt a need to come back to Saddleback Church to help my “former” students through their senior year. That year just...
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I saw a pastor friend at a conference after I moved to Atlanta this year. He took one look at me and, rather than saying, “hello” or “how are you”, he bluntly asked me, “What the *&^# are you doing...
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I’ve been thinking quite a bit today about how to describe effective teaching. I came up with the spatula and blender theory. It’s not new truth, it’s just a new way (for me) to point out what makes teaching effective...
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So I’m going back to California next week for a week. I planned this trip to see my old Life Group (Bible Study) boys. We’re like family. I’m very excited to see them. The truth is I’ve been struggling with...
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Very excited to announce a NEW CURRICULUM! This is a project I wrote with the help of a former student who became my co-leader. What I’m most proud of about this curriculum is it’s not normal, dry or boring. We...
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I was in my car a few minutes ago. As I turned off the engine the song, Good, Good Father came on. Even though it’s been way overplayed, that song still works for me. I absolutely love it as a...
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I’m starting youth ministry as a Jr High volunteer small group leader in a new church. I’ve got 25 years of experience and I’m ready to hit the ground running. This is going to be amazing! I’ve been partnered with...
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Last Sunday I began serving in Transit (the Junior High Ministry at North Point Church). This is also the beginning of my 25th year in youth ministry (pats himself on the back). I was surprised by something that I think...
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I said goodbye to my Life Group and ministry a few weeks ago to get a fresh start in Atlanta. Wow! I was at Saddleback Church for 20 years. It’s strange to think about starting over in a new city...
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