Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Last night was an outreach night. This is a push for our students to bring (we have stopped using the word "invite" and implemented "bring") their friends. Usually we serve something other than just chips and drinks and the main emphasis is on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the students.
Everyone got a coin and I shared the good news of salvation using the following outline: (thanks to D. Fields)
As Believers . . .
Penny - Reminds us that our Past is forgiven in Christ
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
“All the ways of a man seem right to him, but the LORD evaluates the motives.
Doing what is righteous and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”
“I’m doing youth ministry the way it should be done.” Proverbs 21:2 teaches us “there is a way that seems right to man”. It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that I’m doing the right stuffs in ministry; even to think I’m doing what I am doing is what God wants me to do. I don’t know about you but it is very easy for me to convince myself that I’m right and that is because I am always right. The question to ask myself is am I doing what is right in youth ministry as God sees it? This question leads to evaluation, doesn’t it?
The verse goes on to point out that God knows our motivation. Why do we do what we do in ministry? What motivates us? Success, a huge youth group, being looked up to by our peers, the feeling of knowing that students have put you on a pedestal, being the answer man/woman, feeling needed by others, work-a-holic, moving up the ministerial ladder, finances (ha!), our own dreams and goals, the feeling of giving. We can convince ourselves that we are doing the right thing in ministry but God knows what truly motivates us.
“Look at all I do for the church, for God, for these students and their parents.” Verse 3 shows us that God wants us to be righteous and just. Doing ministry God’s way, the plan He has for you, is the result of being in a right relationship with Him. You can do and do and do, give and give and give, but God’s not so much concerned about your assumed sacrifice as He is with you walking in a right relationship with Him, righteousness over sacrifice.
Now it’s time to evaluate why I do what I do in ministry. Is it the result of seeking to be right with God, growing my relationship with Him? Am I doing youth ministry the way that I think is “right” or am I doing righteous youth ministry? How about you? Have you evaluated what motivates you to do ministry? Are you more concerned about youth ministry than you are about being in a right relationship with your Savior?
Strive to be righteous and to have a righteous youth ministry.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Ten years ago today Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into their high school and went on a rampage shooting and killing their classmates. Ten years ago today our nation was shocked and rocked by this incredible act of violence. What could cause two teenage boys to "go off"? What would lead Dylan and Eric to shoot other teens who they had grown up with? Twelve students and a teacher lost their lives that day and around 24 others were injured. Hundreds were wounded emotionally.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Ministry is best accomplished in a team and not in a lone ranger approach. I think teams are very important to the health and growth of a church as the partners (members) discover how God has created them to serve.
Some thought about ministry teams:
>Together Everyone Accomplishes More
>There is no “I” in team
>It’s not about you
>Team members watch out for the whole team
>Teams work together to accomplish the vision of the church
>Individual teams in a church are just a part of the big picture
>No one on a team is more valuable than another
>Every team member has gifts and talents to be used by God
>Teams work together through conflict
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
he will bring delight to your soul.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
My new web site which now hosts my blog posts is up and fully functional. You can check it out at andylawrenson.com . There is also a mon...