Discipleship

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Helping Children and Teens Discover and Use their Spiritual Gifts

I don’t have it all figured out. I’m learning as I go. Life is a constant stage of growth, or at least it should be. Parenting is not easy, plain and simple, it ain’t easy. The discipleship of our children should start at home. We, the parents, should be the main source of discipleship of our children, not the church, the church should be our support in this process. My child’s kids’ church teacher or my teen’s youth pastor has…

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Student Ministry

You Need to Refuel

Join Doug Franklin and some guy named Andy.  Seriously the best retreat for student ministers.   I have been to the big conferences, they were fun, met a lot of people, learned a few things.  Refuel Retreat is different, small, intimate, discussions around the round table with other youth ministers.  LeaderTreks is great at what they do.  You will walk away refueled and rethinking how you have been discipling students and spiritually refueled as well. Here is a link to a…

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Parenting

Parents! The Best Gift You Can Give this Christmas

Parents, the best gift you can give your kids for Christmas is faith lived out. Life Your kids need to see faith in Jesus isn’t just a Sunday morning thing, it’s not a religious ritual. They need to see you struggle and how you lean on Jesus Christ for strength. They need to see you seeking God for direction in life. Fellowship Your kids need to see you living out your faith in your church community. They need to see…

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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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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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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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discipleship

The Relationship Reminder

Yesterday I was reminded about the key to student ministry. The key is relationships. 
One of our volunteers leads a small group of middle school girls and she also has two young ladies from the group she is personally in discipling. She has invested time, not just on Sunday evenings at youth but also outside of our youth group time. We had our church picnic yesterday and this volunteer came to me with one of the young girls she is…

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Parenting

Practical Ways to Disciple Your Kid

7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6 God’s Word and His expectations should be the fabric of our everyday lives woven throughout our home. A…

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Student Discipleship

Success by Numbers

Probably most of us in student ministry are serving in what we would consider a smaller youth group. I read recently an article that stated the average youth group is 60 students and 12 volunteers and 1.25 full time staff. I would venture a guess and say that most youth groups are between 25 to 50 students. 

I know we all want our student ministries to grow because that means students are coming to know Christ. Or does it? Some…

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