Youth Ministry

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Our Society is Messed Up. We Created This.

This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
1 John 3:11 There is much in our society and culture that says just the opposite of 1 John 3:11. I know I’m going to sound like the old man here. Our kids have access to music that teaches through it’s lyrics the opposite of love. We have video games where kids play for hours on end where they are the active shooter. Schools administrations stand…

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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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Parent Ministry

Killing Wolves. The Things that Pull Families Away.

In Part 1 I looked at the frustration we have as youth ministers when we watch families drift away and we feel helpless to do anything about it.
  Christian/Church parents are removing their families from the safety found connected in a local church and exposing their family to the wolves who simply want to devour their lives. Who are you to judge? I’m not judging. I’ve been working with students and their families for 26 years, I have learned what…

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Student Ministry

Refuel Retreat

I got Refueled! I had a great time of retreat last week in Destin Florida with LeaderTreks at their Refuel Retreat. This was my third Refuel Retreat and each time I have attended a Refuel I have learned so much and returned back home and to the church refueled and ready to go. 

What did I get out of Refuel?
 
Rest. I was able to spend some extra time simply resting without having responsibility on me other than learning. I’ll…

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Discipleship

The Umbrella of Discipleship

Parents don’t disciple their child because the parents were not discipled by their parents. There was a point in Christianity when parents no longer taught their children how to live out the Christian life and be a follower of Christ and took that responsibility and handed it off to the church. Sunday School teachers, youth pastors, the parenting role discipling their child was relinquished to the church. Over the many years this idea of “I disciple my child” has almost…

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Discipleship

Discipleship Strategy in a Wireless World

This post is a continuation of a post that began here Part 1, Part 2. If youth group is no longer meeting a social need we need to consider this question: “Can we even compete to technology when it comes to the social need?” We used to be able to say “Youth group is going to be epic this Wednesday so come and bring a friend.” All because we were going to serve a 30 foot banana split and play…

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student ministry

Changing how we do what we do

Part 2 of 3 part series.  You can find part 1 HERE In my last blog post I wrote about the changes in our kids lives due to the arrival of the iPhone in 2007. I posed the thought that student ministry isn’t like it used to be and doing student ministry the old way is not going to work with this and future generations. I’m not saying these things to be Negative Ned. I’m saying these things because we…

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Discipleship

Youth Group No Longer Fills the Social Need

Part 1 of 3. I remember when I was in jr. high I lived for our youth group’s weekend events. I would go to every possible one. Roller skating? I was in. Camping? I was in. Lock Ins? I was in. 
Every Wednesday night I would go to youth group. I did this all the way through my high school years until I graduated. I loved the fun that youth group brought. I loved just hanging out with my friends…

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Ministry

When a Wrench is Thrown in the Works

Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring. Proverbs 27:1 Sadly we have been reminded of this truth this week. You just don’t know what is going to happen today in your world, nation, town, family, personal life. Plans are good and it’s wise to plan but we have to remember that our plans must be flexible because our plans may not be happen because God may have different plans for us. I usually have…

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Faith in Focus Speakers Bureau

I’m humbled and honored that Alex McFarland invited me to be one of the speakers for Faith in Focus.  I’m not a apologetic genius, I’m not a public figure, I’m not immersed in politics.  What I am is a guy who has been serving in the church for 25 years.  Both in the roles of Student Pastor and also as Ministry Teams Pastor.  In those years God has helped me grow in my knowledge of both student ministry and ministry…

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