I hated hearing those words as a boy trying to learn the game of chess, because I knew the game was over and I had lost again. As I observe our culture and the world we live in I sometimes get some of those same feelings—the game's over!
This is the last week of our summer break. Accordingly, I want to reflect a bit on our experience. As I take a moment to think about it, I’ve been reminded of at least three things over the last month.
Mark Matlock recently posted on the Youth Specialties website the "5 reasons why the church NEEDS youth ministry". The video in the posting captures a bit of his passion for this, but for those of you who do not have time to watch the video, below are his reasons why the church needs youth ministries.
It’s been great to see all the new blogs, articles and resources getting added on the Network each day. Some of you may be holding back because you’ve got questions like:
"How can I tell if what I wrote is a Discussion Topic or a Blog?"
“Doing Ministry with Youth on the Margins,” a training on August 8, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids, will explore ministry with students living with autism; hearing, visual, and mobility impairments; mental health challenges; and other disabilities.
Do you want to find out what the global church is doing to better care for creation? Are you interested in learning about how the effects of climate disruption are already influencing communities around the world?
I stood there all by my lonesome. I stood there for a little bit too. Being about 6 foot 5 and that night wearing a very bright Hawaiian shirt and blue jeans, I couldn’t be missed. But I seemed to have been forgotten...