Is that what you believe you actually do? Do you think of yourself as a "Saver of people." The simple and selfish Christian answer is probably yes to that question. But I believe the real answer is "no." An absolute "No!"
Social missional ignorance is more extensive than feeding the poor, providing beds for homeless, or AA meetings. A socially missional church not only aims to protect the broken, it stands to prevent the issues. And it’s my belief that we haven’t done an overwhelmingly good job of preventing issues because we’ve been afraid to openly or honestly talk about them.
The other woman spoke, “I love Jesus, but I hate Christians.” “Yea, they’re terrible,” the first woman agreed. They both chuckled a bit and continued on with their browsing, soon moving to another section of the store.
Much has been written about going on short term mission trips, both good and bad. I would define a short term mission trip as less than one month. Usually they are from one to two weeks. There are many good books written on the subject, one of the best is “ When Helping Hurts” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. I still remember when I first read it, I was half way through and I was convinced we should never do short term mission trips again.
One of the things I thought when God first charged me with this challenge was that somehow it was going to be so easy. It was as if I was going to walk into my Youth Support Team meeting and tell them how I thought things were sucking, and we were all going to hold hands, pray, smile, cry, and walk out changed and ready for a fresh start.
The annual youth ministry conference is being held at Western Theological Seminary in Holland Michigan featuring Pete Ward from King's College, London. The topic is "Made Known: Youth Ministry and the Gospel" and will run Thursday May 9 to Friday afternoon May 10. Please see the Journey website...
Does anyone use this Faith Alive youth resource? I am looking at it for my junior high youth group, ages 6th to 8th grade. What are your thoughts on depth, discussion starting and "corniness" factor?? Thanks for the input!
One of my most beloved passages comes from Ephesians 4 where Paul is instructing this group of Christians (who of course know their religion very well) of they way they ought to be acting. And in the middle of condemning them, he cautions them to watch their tongue, among a plethora of other cautions.
Over the past few years, the RCA has been working closely with several of the leaders at Fuller Youth Institute’s Sticky Faith program to give RCA youth leaders opportunities come together and consider how they can best prepare their teens for life after youth ministry and help them form a faith...
We probably already know his name: former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Ares, now known to everyone as Pope Francis I. The new face of the Catholic church. But even more, it seems the newly minted Pope has a desire to see faith communities bridge gaps that have long separated us by painful memories of the history between evangelicals and Catholics; he has a desire to see the two refocus.
It is my belief that the church finds itself at a very interesting and pivotal moment in history. Moral questions have taken the most fascinating turn because secular culture is pointing the Church back to her own Gospel message: grace; forgiveness; inclusion; and most of all a love for God and each other.
One of our pastoral roles is to help bring our students into greater maturity both in their schools/homes, and in their lives. And with Facebook developing unwarranted drama among our students, we must stop and ask, “Are we guiding students through the land mines of Facebook feed?”
The water has returned to the sea, but the path of destruction still remains for those who were part of the tragic Sandy Hook shootings. And in the wake of that tragedy is a deep desire for answers to why killer Adam Lanza took his rage out on so many children and their teachers at an elementary Connecticut school.
When I was a youth director I was always looking for new fundraising ideas, so I thought I'd pass this along. Equal Exchange now has a fundraising program that involves selling candy bars at $2 a pop for a 50% profit. Sell candy, do justice--sounds sweet to me! See details here.
Let’s face it: students are hard to break through, and it can be a major challenge getting them to open up. So here are a few tips to help get us thinking and, hopefully, talking.
My wife, daughter and I have just returned from Atlanta where we, along with 60,000 young adults, attended the 2013 Passion Conference. We have been volunteering at Passion since 2005 and it is so exciting to see so many young men and women passionately worshipping God with a desire to serve Him on their campus and in their churches. Experiencing all of this at Passion, I long for my youth back home to also have this kind of passion for Christ
We all feared them when the broke the scene, but now cannot live without their convenience or instant gratification. Sometimes they’re slim and sexy, other times their robust and powerful. But most importantly, they’ve become integrated into our daily routine: smartphones, tablets, computers.... Devices.
On Thursday, January 24 at 7pm, Brookside CRC (Grand Rapids, MI) will be hosting an evening of conversation with youth ministry expert Chap Clark. This is a great opportunity for youth workers and parents in West Michigan to hear one of the premier minds in youth ministry talk about how to help...
I remember it so clearly, that moment of enlightenment. I was sitting in a local cafe with someone from our congregation and was sharing my sense of wandering with him. I was confiding in him and trying to identify the direction in which I should go with something I was struggling through. Then he suddenly stopped me and said, “You just need to get out there and do something.”
In practice, I and other youth leaders that I work with, often do all the leading ourselves. It is less complicated, isn’t as messy, and takes less time. In the rush of our week, with work, family and other obligations, who has time to involve the youth in actually leading youth group on a Wednesday night. It is just easier to do it yourself.
In a time when our society is devastated by the actions of a single broken human being, it’s good for all areas of a system to bind together and aim for reconciliation and consonance for the families of the victims of Newtown, Connecticut.
One of the things I fear this generation is leaving behind (and my generation alike) is the idea of traditions. If I'm starkly honest about myself, I'm personally not the biggest fan of traditions. But, I think I'm more frightened by the word than by the practice in an of itself.
We talk about losing youth in our congregations. We talk about having less and less people wanting to be part of council. I wonder - why don't we start talking about youth on council. How young is too young?
For those of you who are looking for quality Reformed materials for your youth ministry library, now is a good time to stock up on many of the great titles that Faith Alive Christian Resources offers. Whether you’re looking for resources on teaching the Heidelberg Catechism or preparing your...
I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. I couldn't believe the island I had found myself on, and the lack of awareness for where I was spiritually. The well was dry, and the rains had come. Yet, someone had forgotten to remove the roof which was redirecting all the water. I had failed to communicate.