Read "Wagner's wisdom," Larry Wagner’s top tips for youth ministers, parents and youth.â€¨
Thousands of teenagers will descend on New Orleans for the ELCA Youth Gathering July 22-26, accompanied by adults who love them and tend their faith.
The years of ministry and life haven’t slowed Larry Wagner down. He’s still able to sleep on floors, ride buses and whitewater raft with young people — ministry often left to younger youth directors or associate pastors. Wagner (front, right) is senior pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Wagner is a rare breed: He agreed to move into the senior pastor position at the church — but only if he could keep youth ministry (and music) as part of his call.
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