I had the opportunity and honor to teach my youth group last night. I have to say a big thanks to my youth pastor Nate Viar and Pastor Mark Jenkins of Mountain View Community Church for giving me the opportunity to do this. We’ve been teaching on the topic of GUARDRAILS in life, what … More GUARDRAILS IN RELATIONSHIPS: FLEE BABY FLEE.
I had the honor of speaking to my youth group on Sunday night. My topic was “Are you too busy” with Psalm 90 as my Sermon Reference. I think it went well. Here’s the lesson, small group questions are at the bottom.
“Use the Culture, to Reach the Culture.” That was the mantra for Liberty University youth majors back in the ’90’s. We had outstanding mentors that encouraged us and mentored us to understand the culture of the kids we were going to minister to. That’s one thing I’ve tried to do over the years, … More How To Learn About Youth Culture In Your Community
Doubting or questioning GOD isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I have often doubted GOD, especially as a teenager. I think GOD is big enough that HE can handle someone questioning, in the correct way, HIS existence. I think HE even encourages it. My GOD is a GOD who is eternal, all knowing, and never … More CREATING SPACE FOR STUDENTS TO DOUBT
I read this last night on the Facebook Lifepoint Church Culpeper Campus. It’s Childrens Minister, Eleshia Simms-Klock posted it and I couldn’t agree more with it. It’s originally written by Carey Nieuwhof, a well known Pastor and author. Parents can’t be everything for their kids, I know if it weren’t for a few key adults in … More Why Your Kids Need Five Other Adults in Their Lives
I’m a big believer in not giving teenagers “pat answers” or “tired cliches”. Teenagers, like anyone else, want their leaders to be first and foremost want honesty, and if we don’t have an answer be honest and say we don’t know. The below article is pretty good and is good advice for any … More Beyond Pat Answers (repost from youthspecialties.com)
Here’s a great article by Mike Yaconelli I found over at YouthSpecialties.com. I think as people and ministries we have a tendency to over-doctrineize Jesus. Spell check highlighted “over-doctirnze” for me and pointed out that it’s not necessarily a word, so what am I trying to say with my made up word? We … More Where’s Jesus (by Mike Yaconelli)