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Culture Change in Church (Part 2)

  Quite often when we realize a change needs to happen we want to rush in and make immediate and drastic change without thinking through the whole process. You cannot turn a big ship on a dime. For most of our churches, we have been around a long time, in that time a certain culture has been developed and more than likely it wasn’t a planned out process as to what culture to create. This applies to the church as…

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Ministry

Great Leadership

He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:35   Jesus sets the example of leadership in this one verse. The disciples just wrapped up an argument as they walked along the road. After hanging out with Jesus one would think they would totally understand humility from Jesus’ example but apparently that lesson had not sunk in yet. I…

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Leadership

Handing off the Baton

As I wind down my last week and a half as youth pastor at our church I think about the changes ahead but I also have my replacement, Ramon, on my mind. Ramon has been serving on our volunteer team for at least ten or eleven years. So as I turn my attention to new areas in our church I have total confidence in Ramon’s ability to lead the student ministry.
 
So these are the words of advice I gave…

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Ministry

I’m Changing Course

Long Post Warning! Three years ago I started asking God, “What can I do with the skills and gifts you’ve given me in serving you the next fifteen years? “ I began to seek out what God would have me to do. There was no clear “Aha” moment at that time. I just knew I wanted to be used in the best way possible. I have been in student ministry both as a volunteer and as a full time youth…

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Student Ministry

You can’t beat this deal!!

Christmas time is here and LeaderTreks has got an incredible offer for you!! Having used LeaderTreks curriculum I can tell you that what they provide is top shelf, cream of da crop.  There is some awesome resources in this bundle.  I’ve got mine!  Hurry up and get yours while the deal is hot!

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Student Ministry

Getting in the way of ministry

“What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?” Jethro gave his son-in-law Moses some great advice.  Jethro arrives on the scene and find Moses sitting and listening to disputes among the people.  From morning till night he was a judge, a mediator, and not getting much done because he was only focused on that task. (Deut 18)  Moses was meant to be a leader,…

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Student Discipleship

Recharge Your Battery

Summer camps up our busyness as student ministers. It’s packed full of special events, camps, and oftentimes multiple mission trips. I just returned back from my most recent mission trip, which took me away from my family for ten days. Add to that a mission trip at the start of the summer and two weeks of camp, and it shouldn’t surprise you that my battery is low. Maybe, like me, you feel wiped out by the summer. But with the need…

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Ministry Team

Leadership Labratories

Maximizing Your Summer Mission Trip as a Leadership Lab By Andy Lawrenson February 28, 2017 In 2015, we took our first overseas mission trip to the island of Eleuthera. Our students willingly did everything that we asked them to do, and we considered the trip to be a great success. Soon afterward, I picked up the idea of leadership laboratories at a LeaderTreks Refuel Retreat. I learned that our mission trip could be more than an opportunity for students to…

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Our Team Values

Last Saturday our student ministry volunteer team gathered together for several hours with two goals in mind: 1.  Have fun together 2.  Come up with our team values We met early afternoon in a vacation rental that had a movie theater room and game room in the house.  We spent the majority of our time together in the game room having fun together.  After we ate supper we moved up to the living room by the fireplace and took some…

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Before You Sign the Dotted Line (part B)

you can read part A HERE In my previous post I shared my experience of being hired at my first church.
If I had to do it all over again I would have done it differently.  If I were to be sitting across the table from a guy who is about to launch out in search of his first youth ministry position I would give him the following advice: 1.  Ask questions.  The church, search committee, pastor will ask you questions,…

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