Wednesday, March 26, 2008
What are we presenting to the students who walk down the halls of our churches? What will they remember about our church when they are freshmen in college?
Do we want our students to be in love with us and our programming or in love with Christ and His Kingdom? Is God the subject of the sentences of our student's language of faith, or are we?
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
- Your girlfriend/boyfriend (84%)
- Your religion (82%)
- Your friends (79%)
- Your parents (74%)
- Your teacher(s) (72%)
- TV shows you watch (51%)
- Celebrities (e.g. actors, athletes, musicians) (49%)
- Magazines you read (38%)
- Advertising you see (on TV or elsewhere) (33%)
- Other kids in school (31%)
May we take seriously our call to "be there" for students in our ministry who are longing for fidelity and looking for a passion outside of themselves to define them. As Dean suggests, "Before adolescents can take seriously the gospel's claim that Jesus will 'be there' always, a community of affirming others must 'be there' for them, demonstrating steadfast love on their behalf." (Practicing Passion, pg. 77)
Monday, March 24, 2008
I think this would be worth throwing out to our teams to see if this gained any traction and changed the outcomes of our times together.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Luke 14:27, "And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple."
Today is good because it reminds me of what I am called to do.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
This weekend I am praying that our students will believe that Jesus didn't die for a hull habit! I am praying than a fever will break out among our students to love God and make choices with their lives that reflect they are thinking and living for Christ and His Kingdom!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
"Optimism believes in progress; that circumstances will get better. Hope, however, is is built on the conviction that another reality, another Kingdom, already exists. And so hope endures when hype fades."
When we're done hyping our programs to get students to attend, what endures? When the hype of being the new guy in town fades, what endures? When we're done building our kingdom on our abilities, what endures? I want to be a student ministry that is full of hope. I must be full of hope...NOT hype.
Monday, March 17, 2008
"Adolescents are often very effective at convincing us that what we say is irrelevant to their lives, and the mistake we make as adults is that we turn around and we believe it," said Resnick, a father of two. But to a large extent, the study found, the health and well-being of teen-agers "still rests in that strong feeling of being cared for by parents," Resnick said."
May we, who work with students, be reminded that we are coming alongside families in their pursuit of helping their kids become faithful followers of Jesus Christ. May God give us the wisdom to know how to partner with them. I believe we are stronger together!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
"What if you were given that choice? For real. What if it weren't just the hyperbolic rhetoric that conflates corporate performance with life and death? Not the overblown exhortations of a rabid boss, or a slick motivational speaker, or a self-dramatizing CEO. We're talking actual life or death now. Your own life or death. What if a well-informed, trusted authority figure said you had to make difficult and enduring changes in the way you think and act? If you didn't, your time would end soon -- a lot sooner than it had to. Could you change when change really mattered? When it mattered most?"
The conclusion the article comes to... "Here are the odds, the scientifically studied odds: nine to one. That's nine to one against you." The rest of the article offers some BRILLIANT insight on why change is so difficult and some suggestions for starting to change. For me and for the students that I am working with, scaring us about the bottom line isn't going to change our behaviors, but framing the change will. And in the church, we have the ultimate man to frame our change around...Jesus.
John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
Saturday, March 08, 2008
I am praying that God will use this quote in the lives of our students this Sunday as we study The Rich Fool.
Friday, March 07, 2008
I can't wait to watch this series which begins on Monday night, March 10th. 12 girls. 4 years in the making. Check out the website for more information. I truly think this is going to be epic!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
"She [presenter] basically told this room full of marketers desperate to get on teens' friends lists, that those teens think that's creepy and invasive. Why? Because it's THEIR Space -- even if it's public (which most teen profiles aren't anymore). She had a great analogy of teens telling their parents, "It's MY ROOM." And the parents telling teens "It's MY HOUSE." Just as teens put "keep out" signs on their bedroom doors, teens have created "structural walls" to keep everyone but their friends out on social networking sites. What are these walls? Lying about their age (though putting in real birthdays so their friends will wish them happy birthday) and only being visible to friends and not adults."
I am wondering how the students in our high school ministry feel about this. I'm thinking about it from the marketer's perspective. Does having a relationship with them in person mean that we can "be their friend" on Facebook? What about trying to "be the friend" of a student who doesn't attend our group, but is on the roster? Do they see my friend request as that of a marketer, selling them Jesus? Do they see me as someone who is not genuinely interested in having a relationship with them? Do they see me as someone who is just trying to fix them because they don't come on a regular basis? Could my attempts to be in their world be viewed as creepy and invasive? What purpose do I have being their friend?
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
This week we are studying The Rich Fool in our high school ministry and I am starting to believe that this study is more for me than for our students.
“The material blessings of life are either a mirror in which we see ourselves or a window through which we see God!” - Warren Wiersbe
“Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” - John Wesley
"Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." - Jesus, Luke 12:15
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."
Monday, March 03, 2008
Colossians 1:15-20 "15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."