Outposts of God’s Mission

Outposts of God’s Mission

Family Ministry
I am reading through Timothy Paul Jones' book Family Ministry: a field guide and this quote really jumped out at me. The king of family ministry I'm envisioning is a movement towards equipping Christian households to function as outposts of God's mission in the world. See, you like it too don't you. The idea that the church should be equipping saints to go out into the world is one that many people have been espousing  for many years (probably right after they formed the first protestant church a pastor said, "my job isn't to do the ministry, but to equip you to do ministry"). But to turn that concept into a strategy for ministering to children and youth and helping them grow in the context of a family sounds amazing.…
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Making Your Child “The Star”

Making Your Child “The Star”

Family Ministry
As I slowly transition my thinking about student ministry from a silo model (everyone in their own little place) to a more family oriented place one of my greatest fears is that I am feeding over-parenting and students that can't seem to grow up. I saw quote today from Christ and Pop Culture and it really stood out to me. To feel good enough, both parents and children are under pressure to perform, and to be really happy about it. The more dangerous pressure for children comes from being idolized. Imagine the pressure of being the center of someone else’s universe, the definition of their self-worth, and the source of their ultimate happiness. That’s not what children are supposed to be and do. That’s not a burden anyone but God…
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Parents the Missing Piece of Youth Ministry

Family Ministry, Youth Pastoring
I am thinking about refining my title. Right now I am actually an associate pastor, but the title that I tell people is youth minister. The problem is that ministering to youth should only be half of my job (of course right now it is barely 1/4 of my job because of all of the other responsibilities I have, but that is a whole other post). The other half of my job should be the parents of those youth. I think a much better title would be minister to families with students, or something in that line. My job shouldn't just be to the students it should be to their families as well. That has been percolating in my head for a few weeks now and it really came home…
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Friendship Faithcraft

Friendship Faithcraft

Family Ministry
We are doing a series for kids over the next 4 weeks based off of Minecraft and Lego Bricks. It is all about "building" our faith so we are doing lots of little building excercises. This first week I wanted an intro made in Minecraft so my 7-year-old and I made a church and we recorded this video. I did the voice over after a whole bunch of editing. It isn't perfect, not even by my standards, but it works, and come on how many times have you heard a sermon in Minecraft? http://youtu.be/2zNLEeH24fQ
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