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    Part comedian, part teacher, and part pastor, Dugan is a traveling speaker who loves to speak at a variety of events. If you're interested in finding someone to speak at your next retreat, conference, ministry night or leader training, you're at the right place! Dugan has experience speaking to students, adults, men, kids, and more! Whether you're looking for something powerful and moving, or light and comedic, Dugan offers both (as well as everything in between)! Check out Dugan's newest book "Never Alone" and shoot him an email 72,69,82,69,46.EREH

A New Way To Do Student Ministries?

This is a story of the only mistake I’ve ever made.

Early in my student ministry career, I knew my heart was definitely drawn towards teaching. I loved leading and building teams and everything else that went along with leading a ministry, but I really, really loved teaching. The best part of my week was when I was able to lock my office door so I could study and write, followed by the joy of speaking to a room full of students.

After a year or so of this, I found myself having frequent conversations with students where they would excitedly tell me about what God was doing in their lives by saying things like:

“My small group leader was praying for me and said….”

Or

“This other girl in my small group is going through the same thing and encouraged me by…”

Or

“We were praying as a small group and this guy prayed for me and it totally spoke to me because…”

I began to see a pattern.

Nobody was saying: “Dugan, I know all the glory goes to God, but that teaching to gave last week totally changed my life!” or “I will never forget that one thing you said in your teaching!”

Granted, I believe teaching is a spiritual gift from God that He uses is powerful ways. But what began to become clear to me is that: Students Grow Through Community.

I know what you’re thinking: “Um…duh.”

But for me, it was a significant learning. From that point on, I still poured a lot into my teaching (because I loved it), but we made some significant shifts in our budget, time, and other resources towards the small groups, knowing that that was where God was taking the teaching and worship and fun and using them to truly impact the lives of students.

A while ago, my friend Casey sent me an article about the “Flipped Classroom” that I found fascinating and also made me think of how modern student ministries can learn the importance of personal engagement over powerful stage presentation.

Check out the information in the graphic below and also, I’ve made a few more than one mistake…it’s more like 2 or 3…gazillion…

 

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Protein Shake Recipe

And now for something completely out of the blue: A recipe!

That’s right! I don’t know if it’s living with Lindsay, who likes to watch Food Network and HGTV, but I totally invented a protein shake recipe that is so beyond delicious, I thought I should share it with the world. Actually, I’m sure I didn’t invent it, but I did come up with it on my own so please allow me this false sense of accomplishment, just for this one post…

Here you go!

PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN SHAKE:

– 1-2 Handfuls of Ice
– 1 Cup 2% Milk
– 1 Scoop Protein Powder
– 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
– 1 Tablespoon Honey

Calories: 593
Fat: 22g
Cholesterol: 55mg
Sodium: 360mg
Carbs: 56g
Sugar: 46g
Protein: 50g

Combine Ice, Milk, Powder, Peanut Butter, and Honey in Vitamix (or other, less-amazing blender) and blend until “milk-shake” consistency.

Enjoy and then resist temptation to make 11 more.

PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN SHAKE (Less Delicious/Low Fat Version):

– 1-2 Handfuls of Ice
– 1 Cup skim Milk
– 1 Scoop Protein Powder
– 2 Tablespoons Peanut Flower
– 1 Tablespoon Honey

Calories: 403
Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 45mg
Sodium: 220mg
Carbs: 52g
Sugar: 47g
Protein: 47g

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Teaching Discount!

Hey, friends!

Now that we’ve settled from the desert of Phoenix to the humid hipster hills of Nashville, I’m looking to book as many teaching opportunities as I can! I’d love to schedule fall retreats, winter camps, single guest teachings and anything in between!

If you’re looking for a speaker to students, I’d love to serve your ministry! If anyone you know is looking for a speaker to students, please pass along my website/info. And lastly, if you know of a person or ministry that might be helpful for me to connect with, tell me about it!

Email me at duganEsherbondy@gmail.com or contact me through www.dugansherbondy.com

I’m even offering a 25% discount for any contract during this fall/winter so spread the word!

Thank you so much and let me know if you have any questions! Otherwise let me know when I can come serve your student ministry this fall!

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Crooked Path

Throughout the last two years, Linds and I would occasionally turn to each other and say: “I wonder where we’ll be a year from now?”

We were in this season of always feeling like God had something just around the corner for us, that we were never quite sure what our future held. Having experienced everything from starting a business, leaving a job, moving from the midwest to the desert, leaving another job, traveling, starting another business, and now moving to Nashville, it has been quite a journey of seeking God for our future. It hasn’t been easy.

Thankfully, we have usually felt a consistent sense of peace and unity together as we’ve sensed God gently leading us, opening doors, and shutting them.

And last month, we said our phrase for the last time. As we were prepping for our move to Nashville, Lindsay and I were on our final date in Phoenix when she looked at me and said: “I wonder where we’ll be a year from now?” We both laughed and I said: “Who cares? Wherever it is, it’ll be awesome!”

It brought to mind these words from Scripture:

Accept the way God does things,
    for who can straighten what he has made crooked? – Ecclesiastes 7:13

I would normally tend to read this and think it was a typo. I mean, aren’t OUR paths usually all messed up and GOD is the one who has to constantly correct us to keep us on a straight line?

Not according to Solomon. As I read this verse and thought about the past two years of my life, I realized that far too often, I’M the one who is so focused on trying to make sure my life is even, fair, straight, comfortable, predictable, planned-out, and makes sense…and then GOD is the one who had something different in mind.

I’m always trying to set my life on course and then hit auto-pilot. But the minute I try to do that, God reaches down and (lovingly) taps my course a different way. A zig-zag path is annoying because we’re not able to see the end. We’d rather have a straight path and be able to know exactly what is coming and when. But more often than not, God wants us to trust Him for each step of the journey, without necessarily knowing what the next step is.

I had a mentor who once said that God is predictably unpredictable. And when following Him, be prepared for a lot of unpredictable left and right turns. It can be frustrating, but once Linds and I embraced it, we simply began to enjoy the adventure!

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