I am Matt Lawson and this is my personal blog. It focuses on leadership, particularly in local church ministry. Occasionally, I write about life and family.


In 2015, a new journey will begin as we plant Story City Church in Los Angeles, CA. You can read about the beginnings of this story in a blog post here.

From 2000-2014, I worked in the trenches of student ministry believing students can love Jesus with all their heart and will change the world for him. I served on staffs in small churches, large churches, and in parachurch youth ministries.

From March 2006-August 2014, I served as the high school pastor and student pastor at First Baptist Woodstock, located just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. At Woodstock I had the great priviledge of training and equiping hundreds of youth ministry volunteers on a yearly basis and leading a bold band of students and families.


The Sidekick Company is a ministry I started that provides resources and training to the student ministry world. In 2012, GROUP and Simply Youth Ministry published my book titled, TWISDOM: 25 Insights for #Stumin Leadership. Most recently, I compiled, contributed, and edited a 90-day devotional titled All Time Verses with forty-five different authors.

I’ve also contributed to three other books, including Impact: Student Leadership Devotional and created numerous student ministry resources. Most are free and fully editable so take whatever helps you and make it your own. One of the most popular resources we offer is a collection of 7 sermon series.

One of my greatest fulfillments is investing into the lives of other leaders. We launched Stumin Sidekick in 2013 (and eventually sold it), offering dynamic resources for heroic leaders. If you’re ever in the Los Angeles area, I’d love to meet up for coffee or share a meal!


FAMILYMatt Lawson Family

I live in Burbank, CA just 5 miles from Hollywood, with my beautiful and godly wife, Laura, and kids, Deacon (2009), Eden (2010), and Roman (2014). In our free time, we enjoy sports, reading, and travel.



While content on Revolution Speaks is copyrighted, feel free to link to this site or post partial entries. For any other questions you can email me at matt@storycitychurch.com.