Uniquely Suited for a Unique Place

New Staff Hire in the Adirondacks and North Country

What gets me up in the morning is the opportunity to think about how we can reach every kid in Eastern NY and Western New England.  I know that the dream won’t be realized tomorrow, but I love thinking about what it would take to realize it over a 20 year arc.  What would it […]

Fighting the Drift

Reporting in from our Life Planning retreat

This week, I met with the eight-field staff in my part of the Greater Northeast Region for an overnight retreat.  The purpose of our time together was to lead them through a process that I have benefited from, called “Life Planning.” I created my first Life Plan at a Building Champions Experience back in 2012, […]

Who Is the Navigator?

I have been traveling to Burlington, Vermont twice a week to build a volunteer leadership team that will soon start working with teenagers in the Burlington area.  We started the school year with a group of six young women, composed of few college students and a few young professionals.  For our first meeting together, I […]

And the Things You Have Heard From Me

A couple of weekends ago, I was able to pass along an old lesson to a group of heroes at Young Life’s Saranac Village.  It was the Greater Northeast Region’s Leadership Weekend, and I was given the privilege of coaching up 425 dedicated volunteers and staff who gathered that weekend for training and encouragement.  From 9:30 am […]

47 Kids, a Dinner Party, and Wishing Heaven was Real

Beacon, NY—47 kids. That’s how many kids were at the launch meeting for Young Life in Beacon, NY last week. Over the past year, I have been working with a long-time volunteer named Craig Burgiere, to start ministry in this town that lies along the Hudson River in Southern Dutchess County. Craig has taken busloads […]

While Christ Worked on Us

Last week, the Cook family was at Young Life’s Saranac Village to help coordinate the annual work week, where our team made the final preparations for the summer season.   We painted, planted, spread mulch, and cleaned up brush and branches that accumulated over the winter. Each night, it was my privilege to lead the […]

The Power of “The Next Time” | leadership42day

When you evaluate, do you look forward or back? We in Young Life have a culture of evaluation, which is a good thing. Our constant evaluation of ourselves and each other helps us to achieve the excellence that we strive for in our mission. Evaluation, despite its necessary function, and good intentions, is not always […]

What Do You Have in Common with the Chesapeake Bay? | leadership42day

Who are you becoming as a leader?  How will what you do today affect your leadership ten or twenty years from now? This fall, I was driving in Upstate New York, from Albany to Oneonta on Interstate 88.  About halfway there, I passed a sign that said, “Entering the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”  I was incredulous.  I did […]

“I Call the Butt!”

    “I call The Butt!”  is a familiar refrain at our house. “The Butt” is the seat at the end of our 9-foot dinner table opposite “the head,” where I normally sit.  We have Young Life leaders and teenagers over at our house for dinner every week, and somebody invariably calls out that they […]