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Random Randomness

 —  May 11, 2012 — 1 Comment

Friday afternoon….lots happening….

- Mark Oestreicher has new book published by Simply Youth Ministry titled “A Beautiful Mess”. It’s available as a free download for another week or so, after that you’ll have to pay for it. In this book, he takes a look at some of the messy, but good things about youth ministry. Mark is a good friend who has shaped my youth ministry thinking in tons of ways, and I like to think parts of this book reflect ways I’ve shaped him a little bit over the years.

- Over the next couple of years, Saddleback is going to expand to 12 international cities that include Tokyo, Berlin, Mexico City, London, Manilla, and others. I’ve been charged with launching the student ministries for each church as well as providing ongoing support, coaching, etc. Exciting….challenging stuff!

- I’ve got 5 Chick-Fil-A shakes riding on the Lakers first round play-off series. What looked like a guaranteed victory seems to be slipping away.

- Movies are my vice. I see far too many. Yet I haven’t seen Avengers! I keep having opportunities, and I keep passing them up. Not sure why.

- My wife and daughter are on a trip to NYC for our daughter’s HS graduation gift. Originally, it was slated to be a family trip but Kayla asked if she could replace me and Cole with two adult women who have been influential in her life. As sad as I am to not be on the trip, I’m thrilled beyond explanation at the fact that our kids have other adults who love them, pour into them and have helped shape them in such tremendous ways!

- Life right now feels crazy, overwhelming and exciting all at once! I am incredibly blessed and thankful. I’m not sure what life feels like for you….or how easily you can say “Blessed and thankful”, but my prayer for you as I head into the weekend is that even if those words don’t come easily, you can sense them deep in your soul.

Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston


Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

One response to Random Randomness

  1. Awesome news about Saddleback’s expansion.

    Avengers was awesome Kurt. You’ll love it. Def. worth seeing it in theatres.


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