Creative to be creative

Creative to be creative

Random Thoughts
One of my struggles when it comes to preparing lessons for youth ministry is just how much creative and different stuff do I add. Sometimes I think I am adding stuff just so that I can add something. I don’t know how much that helps, but I try to be creative with how I teach. Sometimes it feels like I am being creative just to be creative. But sometimes something cool happens and I am able to make something that helps students to connect with the lesson and it is amazing. Unfortunately I never know what is going to connect and what is going to fall flat.
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Alone: A Good Friday Idea

Alone: A Good Friday Idea

Creative Worship, Good Friday Ideas, Worship ideas
Every year at Easter I am reminded that we know nothing of the Saturday between the crucifixion and the resurrection. In this week where most of the events of Jesus’ ministry were explained it is weird to think that we have this hole there on Saturday. I have preached about this a few times, but this idea I think will work on a Good Friday service. This is a short sermon idea that would be part of a larger Good Friday worship experience. Alone You will need 7 or 8 volunteers who need to have a little foreknowledge of what is to come, but they will not need much practice. Right before your message bring the people up on stage. Have one person stand off to the right side and…
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A Glimmer of Hope

A Glimmer of Hope

Meeting Report, Youth Pastoring
I have been struggling for a while with our youth group on Sunday night. We are bringing in a whole new crowd of kid and they are a bit rough around the edges. I have enlisted some adult help* and switched to a more experiential model of teaching and that has helped some, but what probably made the most difference was has been the time I have spent outside of church with students. I have been making an effort to meet with kids outside of church whenever I could. I had supper with one of my high school kids this week and found out that he had gone through a pretty rough time as a kid. I also found out that another younger kid was going through the same thing.…
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90s Christian Music

90s Christian Music

My Life
So Spotify suggested a playlist for me of “90s Rock” and that made me think. I wonder if there is a 90s Christian playlist already currated for me. Well, my friends there is! https://open.spotify.com/user/maranathamusicofficial/playlist/0lkb5xt01Cg442fHAu32mK?si=Plyj_fxaSL-l8JF9ryXPAQ When I hit “Big Fish” by FFH I almost lost it. My kids looked at me like I was crazy while I sang along with the do do do parts. I plan to be out of the house before “Dive” comes on because I don’t think they can handle seeing my reactions. (I just hit “What if I Stumble” while looking for an image for this post. I am all the way back in the 90s now)
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