Youth Ministry

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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Student Minsitry Strategy

When You Realize You Need a Reset

This morning in my morning quiet time I wrote the following: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear can hold us back from doing what God wants us to do. Sometimes the unknown of what lies ahead can be daunting. If what lies ahead is from God it sure can be daunting…

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Project Care4Kids

I’m so stoked about a new outreach we are starting here at Nags Head Church!  I know that many of us who serve on staff in churches sort of have an entrepreneurial spirit.  So when there is something new I get to be involved in I get excited. In 2015 there were 670,000 children in foster care in the United States.  Unfortunately this number is growing each year.  We aren’t, as a nation, making headway in helping parents to be…

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Focusing in on One on One Discipleship

This year our volunteer team if going to focus on one on one discipleship.  We have taken our group of students and divided them up among our leaders, including myself.  The goal is to take advantage of the moments at Student Church to ask questions, encourage, pray with the students. My brain thinks in pictures, I learn and process better with pictures and flow charts.  I have taken what we are going to do and created a graphic using MindNode. …

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Our Annual YM Team Retreat

This past weekend was our annual YM Team Retreat.  When we have our retreat we focus in two areas:  Spiritual challenge/health in our own lives and our team goals for the year in youth ministry.  We all gathered in a vacation rental home for the retreat. Here is what it looked like: Friday – 6:30 – Dinner (Tacos and Enchiladas if you are interested)              7:30 – Goals for the weekend and look back at 2013’s goals              8:00 – Small Things…

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Ministry Team Retreat

This weekend our youth ministry team, comprised of 10 great volunteers who love to minister to students and myself, will get together and spend the weekend together.  I will post more next week about our retreat this post will focus on why I feel retreats are important for teams. Bonding – you spend a weekend together and get to know each other better, laugh together, pray together, learn together.  Together is always better.  Getting to know who you serve with…

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