Thursday, January 31, 2008
Today, I am thinking about what it would be like to have a community of students who believed this and lived it out.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
the flock of students God has entrusted to our spiritual care. The sheep are coming and Peter has something to say about how we should treat them.
"2Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away." - 1 Peter 5:2-4
Seriously, where do they learn these things? I love being a dad because my kids make me laugh, even when it's kind of gross!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
“‘What shall we do?’ is the deep heart cry of every man who suddenly realizes that he is a usurper and sits on a stolen throne. However painful, it is precisely this acute moral consternation that produces true repentance and makes a robust Christian after the penitent has been dethroned and has found forgiveness and peace through the gospel.”–A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy
I am more convinced that understanding Tozer's words will transform the way I lead our student ministry.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"I want to reflect on this lonely place in our lives. Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our lives are in danger. Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure. Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our actions quickly become empty gestures. The balance between silence and words, withdrawal and involvement, distance and closeness, solitude and community forms the basis of the Christian life and should therefore be the subject of our most personal attention." - Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This morning I was captured by this thought, "I get the privilege to be a part of a weekend in the lives of our students that they will never forget." When they're 33 they are going to have some impression or memory of what is going to take place this weekend. You can't have that thought about a lot of the things that happen day in and day out in student ministry, but you can with Winter Retreat.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
We discussed this quote, "Adolescents look to the church for a story of somebody who will save
them, who will keep them from going under in the adolescent search for self—a story about whom they belong to, where they come from, and what they are doing on this planet."
Our conversation centered around this questions, "What story of salvation is your ministry telling to the students who walk through the door? What will our students say "saved" them as a result of being in our ministries? How does the way we spend our time impact the story we tell?" Awesome time!
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Therein lies a student's power against the world.
Therein lies their hope.
Friday, January 11, 2008
"I had been working so hard to make things better by influencing adolescents to do this or do that, to believe this or know that. But in the process I was more concerned with their decision, behavior or commitment than with their broken humanity that desired someone to share in their deepest sufferings through relationship. When I tried to influence them, I had neither the patience nor the vision to truly share in their suffering, to make it my own and to join my own broken humanity with theirs. I was so busy making assertions about heaven that I refused to see and accompany them in the darkness of their personal hells."
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Knowing your relational style is very important to this relationship succeeding. For example, if a student ministry pastor wants a Best Bud and the senior pastor wants a partner then there is going to be tension. I've heard many student ministry pastors say that their senior pastor doesn't care about them, but it's because they are viewing the relationship from a Best Buds perspective while their boss is looking at them as a Partner. I am grateful for the Partner relationship I have with my senior pastor. I want a Partner. He wants a Partner. Knowing that we aren't Best Buds or Ships in the Night allows us to be loyal Partners to each other.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Over the last couple of years this has become a regular prayer for me for our students before we gather on Wednesdays and Sundays.
As we are gathering again for the first time after the Christmas break, and studying the power of the Word in our lives this Sunday morning, this is my prayer for the week. I am praying that God will open the eyes of our students to see wonderful things in His Word.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
1. The use of social media – from blogging to online social networking to creation of all kinds of digital material – is central to many teenagers’ lives.
2. Girls continue to lead the charge as the teen blogosphere grows; 28% of online teens have created a blog, up from 19% in 2004.
3. The growth in blogs tracks with the growth in teens’ use of social networking sites, but they do not completely overlap.
4. Online boys are avid users of video-sharing websites such as YouTube, and boys are more likely than girls to upload.
5. Digital images – stills and videos – have a big role in teen life.
6. Posting images and video often starts a virtual conversation. Most teens receive some feedback on the content they post online.
7. Most teens restrict access to their posted photos and videos – at least some of the time. Adults restrict access to the same content less often.
8. In the midst of the digital media mix, the landline is still a lifeline for teen social life.
Multi-channel teens layer each new communications opportunity on top of pre-existing channels.
9. Email continues to lose its luster among teens as texting, instant messaging,
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
"I wonder if my professors can tell, when I write in the evangelical voice, that it’s not my real voice. So much of evangelical culture is like that anyway, requiring fluency in the language, that they probably can’t. Like people who stand up and raise their arms during worship at all-school communion– some of them are just regurgitating choreography..."