Archive for August, 2010

Youth Ministry Videos: Part 4

Ok, this one is less about youth ministry and more just a shout out to my good friend, kyle evans. He’s pretty creative. I’ve actually tried to rip this off, but it didn’t turn out so well. Anyway,here’s a great promo video for your community groups/small groups, etc.  Enjoy

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Youth Ministry Videos: Part 4

Wow, I don’t think I have any words. Oh wait, yes I do.  This guy is hilarious! It’s ridiculous. I’m thankful I don’t know anyone like Ignatious.  I do love the older youth worker who steps up!  Enjoy

Does this line up?

I am taking an online training course from www.calledtoyouthministry.com So far, I’ve enjoyed the weekly reading. I am excited about the phone sessions that will come with it.  I ran across a quote this morning in my reading that I thought I would share.

A study which surveyed youth pastors in Illinois found that almost all of them believe building relationships with students is the best thing they could do to disciple students, and that teens forget most of what they hear during lessons and messages. Yet an average of 80% of their time was spent preparing weekly lessons. Does that line up?
So, does it? Any thoughts?

Developing the leader in me

I am 3 chapters deep into the best John Maxwell book I’ve read thus far – Developing the Leader in You.  I wish I had read this book several years ago. I believe God will use this book to help me become a much, much better leader.

But last night I became a better leader.  I’m not sure why it has taken me over a year. Last night we had our back 2 school bash (yep, there’s not much more “youth ministry-ee than the word “bash” and using the number 2 instead of the word “to” – jealous of my cool language).  I had so much fun hanging out with students – probably more so than I have in a long time.  Maybe I’m letting my guard down more. Maybe They trust me, even if it’s just a little bit.  Whatever the case may be, I feel like last night was great.  Now if only we would have been able to actually swim.

A Question to think about – why is it that when it’s thundering we cant get into the pool, yet we can take canoes out on the lake and steer them with metal paddles? Not complaining, just curious!

oh, and football season is about to start!

HOPE!

I read Romans 3:21-31 this morning.  To be honest, I really was ready for Romans 3:21-31.  I started reading Romans bit by bit to write a devotional for my students, but as I began, God really let me know that it was for me first… that I can write it after I get all I can out of it. Well, the tension was building.  I tried to read it as if I had never seen the words or heard a sermon preached from it before. That makes it interesting. As I searched through the first 2 and 1/2 chapters, my morale was down.  Then 3:21-31 came.  I was excited. I was pumped! All the problems that I was having, all the ways I was trying to make it on my own (thanks lil brudder), now I don’t have too.

It’s really hard to read something as if you’ve never seen it when you have studied it, had seminary classes on it, and heard a ton of sermons on it.  However, I will defy you to read the first 3 chapters of Romans, get to 3:21-31, and not try to find out more.  It is simply beautiful scriptures filled with HOPE.

My advice: read it. Let it soak in.  Let it fill you with hope .