Posts Tagged ‘ youth ministry ’

Does this line up?

I am taking an online training course from 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!

what to do with all these cheese balls

I have a massive jug of cheese balls in my office. I bought them for a competition we were going to do during our Disciple Now, but we never did it. So now I’m stuck with a 35 oz jug of cheese balls. Some of you might be saying, Wow, that’s incredible.  But here’s the problem, I really dont care too much for cheese balls. Now if they were animal crackers, I would be all about it, but not cheese balls. So I’ve determined to try to find something for them to go to.  Maybe a civic organization.  Does anyone know if the Civitans like cheese balls?  Maybe I will give them to someone less fortunate –  someone with just a box of cheese balls.  I strangely remember Cartman liking them, didn’t he do a whole song about it one time? But, sadly, these are not cartoon cheese balls, therefore I cannot send them to him.

So does anybody have a good idea what I can do with this huge jug of cheese balls? All suggestions will be appreciated.  Just leave your recommendation as a comment. Thanks

Powerhouse Ignition

At 10:00 am this morning, I began to really get ready for our big event, POWERHOUSE Ignition tonight.  I, along with the help of several able bodied men of our church, pulled the stage out from it’s garage, tore down the stuff on the stage and tried to get it cleared off as much as possible for the band coming in this afternoon.  It’s going to be a busy day of setting  up and  quick planning with visions of logos, t-shirts, backpacks, cd’s, and paper airplanes flying in my brain. (all of that makes sense if you will be here tonight!)

I am so excited about the possiblity that God will change lives tonight. There will be people who will walk into this gym tonight who maybe dont know anything about God’s love and forgiveness.  Tonight they will hear and God will be honored above all else that is done.  But all this prep work got me thinking – what if we didn’t do this? What if, instead of giving away $10,000 for a paper airplane contest, we gave away free cups of water?  What if instead of bringing in Shane Baker to rock the house, we played soft piano music without any lyrics?  What if instead of giving away a ton of free door prizes, we just showed people the love of Christ by serving them in whatever way we could? Then I asked myself a new question – is God more honored in the small things than in the big things, or vice versa?

A thought occurs to me as soon as I type that last question.  The answer is simple and one that I should have seen way before – God is not honored in things. God is honored in the hearts and the lives of the people.  Things are good, but Jesus didn’t die for things.  He did not die so we could have great events, big blowout celebrations, gymnasiums, incredible sound systems, lights that flash, boom, and sparkle.  No Jesus died for people.  So may God be honored tonight not really in what we do – but who we become.