Divorce

Family Ministry
Tomorrow night we are turning our discussion of the family to God's intended plan for marriage. While it is generally easy in Christian circles to say that God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve, it is a whole different animal to look at a group of teenagers and say that divorce is a sin. It is just such a painful subject for many people that I found myself saying about 100 different equivocations in my notes. But I don't want to shy away from this topic. If we are ever going to turn the divorce rate around it will have to come because a generation decides that marriage will be something sacred again. So much of what I am teaching has to do with their future. I guess…
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Minecraft Bible Study for Kids: Nehemiah

Minecraft Bible Study for Kids: Nehemiah

Family Ministry, Object Lessons
I am working on a new Minecraft Bible study. Actually we are in the middle of it and I am writing it as we go along. When it is all said and done it will be a 4 week series about building your faith. I hope to add it as a series sort of like the Gross, Weird, True one is now. In the mean time check out this opening video my son and I made. It is an opening to the story of Nehemiah made in Minecraft. Faithcraft: A Minecraft Bible Study is up now in rough draft form.
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Facebook Ads

Facebook Ads

Family Ministry
Our church as started using Facebook ads to promote events. I love being able to track how many people see it, get immediate responses from people, and the cost is much cheaper than any other ad buy we have done. For those of you who be interested the process is pretty simple. I'm not the best person to do a tutorial, but for $50 we were able to target most of the people in our area and even got a few responses. It is much cheaper and easier than any sort of mail out or other ads. I normally don't use Facebook for youth ads because so few teens are regularly on Facebook anymore, but I do use it for stuff for children and make the marketing geared towards the parents.…
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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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