Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
One of the biggest dangers I see in parenting is when mom or dad or both view their role to be their child's friend, you know, their buddy. While we should be our child's friend to an extent more importantly we are to be their parent which is basically shepherding their life. Pointing them in the right direction, leading them in a way that pleases the Lord, protecting them. Again this shepherding approach won't always win us the popularity trophy.
So when making the tough decisions what steps do you take?
Recently we had to make a big decision and here are some of the questions I used:
>Will this decision protect his mind and body?
>Will this decision protect his future?
>Will this decision provide a sense of safety and security?
>Will this decision point him in the right way?
>Will this decision push him closer to Christ?
>Will this decision pull him away from Christ?
What I didn't concern myself with was the question of "will this decision be popular?" When it comes to shepherding my child's life I don't much care about popularity. I'm not concerned with what others think. I'm not concerned with what my child may think (I do try to help him understand). I'm concerned with what God thinks.
Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Monday, October 26, 2009
The past 8 years have been a tremendous time of growth for me. I have learned so much about the church and ministry, much more than I have learned in school.
A few things that stand out to me over the past 8 years:
>The growth of NHC
>Moving into our new building
>Watching students learn to own their faith
>Parents grasping that discipleship of their teen is their responsibility
>The growth of our youth ministry team
>The change and growth of our children's ministry and the CM team
>The growth of Trunk or Treat
> The Call's birth, growth and now remodeling
>High percentage of NHC partners involved in ministry (over 90%)
>Changing music styles without a church split (SBC Church Planting) ;)
A few lessons learned:
>Ministry should never be done alone. Always bring someone along in ministry
>Leaders build leaders
>Ministry Teams are the way to go
>The best way to recruit for your team is to have team members "tap" others to join the team
>Don't do events and activities just to do events and activities
>Focus on purpose
>Nip it in the bud, church discipline is vital to church health
I have been blessed to serve with 4 elders in the church who have vision, who want to do God's will at NHC.
I have been blessed to serve with 4 great ministry teams.
I'm also blessed to be married to a wife who is very supportive of my "job" and what I do. It has been a blessing to watch our family grow over the past 8 years. I am a blessed man.
I think the key to longevity at a church, from what I have learned from watching others who have served for a long time at the same church, is to find the church that is a "fit". The "fit" includes finding God's will, knowing the church's "personality" and "traits and trends". A church that goes through pastors like a kids goes through candy in a Pez dispenser would not be a "fit" for me. :)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
- Listen to God
- Have godly friends
- Be ready for the unconventional
- Never give up
Friday, October 16, 2009
- God gives us a Spiritual gift when we put our faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Look for that gift in your child. Point out the gift when you see them using it.
- God gives us a Heart, a passion, in life. Look for opportunities to point your teen in a direction where they could use their passion in ministry.
- God gives us Abilities. Everyone is able to do something. Spot your teen's abilities and point them in a direction of using those for Christ.
- God gives us Personality. God has created us in a way that even our personality can be used in ministry. Shy? Outgoing? Enjoy the tedious? When your teen's personality shines point out to them how God could use them in serving others.
- God uses our Experiences. Good or bad experiences, God never wastes and experience. Think of your experiences like an art museum. Hang the good on the left side of the room and the bad on the right. Study your experiences and see how God has used them and can use them to minister to others.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
We weren't created to simply take up space on this planet. Likewise we weren't created to simply take up space in a church auditorium. You and I were SHAPED to be a minister. When we study the early church we see that ministry was done by the church, believers serving one another. Over time the church has drifted from this model.
Ask someone what he or she thinks of when they hear the word "minister"? Many think of good old pastor so-and-so, he was a good minister. Somewhere along the line the church (believers in Christ) moved from being the ministers to labeling one man as the "minister".
At NHC every partner is a minister. Ministry at NHC would not be accomplished if it were left to the "paid professionals". Who would change the messy diaper on Sunday morning? Who would teach the children something they did not know about God? Who would greet folks in the parking lot, at the door, in the lobby? Who would pour the coffee? Who would clean the building? Who would play the music? Who would minister to the hurting in the church? Who would meet the needs?
So how about you? Are you simply taking up space or are you serving? Are you a minister?
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
“and they went forth to eat pizza and play putt putt, and all were of the same mind and love and had lots of event tshirts….”
We don’t find youth group in the Bible. So what would a Biblical view of youth ministry be? As I thought about this I had a few thoughts:
· Starts With Dad and Mom
The Biblical Model is found in Deut 6:1-7
Parents passing on the Word of God to their children. That’s God’s plan.
· The Example of Christ.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people.
Our goal should be to help students to grow in their relationship with God and become more like Christ. True Christ followers, disciples.
Ephesians 4:11-12 (New International Version)
11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
It's our role as youth leaders to equip students to minister, to use their SHAPE.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I was in a text conversation with a student the other day. The question asked of me by the students was, "How come people at church are mean?" First of all that should be a wake up call for us, the church, when we are perceived as mean.
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