Family Ministry Field Guide

Family Ministry Field Guide

Books, Family Ministry, Media "Reviews"
During this interim (read unemployed) time I have been doing a great deal of praying and thinking about ministry. One of the things that I keep coming back to is the notion of family based student ministry. A few weeks ago I was sitting in church and had this thought As a youth pastor I spend a great deal of effort trying to help students from broken homes. Why not put some of that effort towards fixing broken homes, or helping them not to become broken.  That thought has been running through my head now along with several others. One of the things that I love about Lifeway and writing for the KNOWN curriculum from time to time is their understanding that parents are vital to student ministry. The primary spiritual caregiver…
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Shaped by the Story

Books, Meeting Report, Youth Ministry Ideas
A while back I read a book on Chronological Storytelling. It told of the process that missionaries use to teach the Bible to non-literate people. I remember thinking at the time how great that would be for student ministry. Students aren't exactly illiterate, they are what I like to call post literate. They know how to read and write, but reading and writing isn't how they process information. Here are a couple of quotes from Shaped by the Story. First, a good majority of the students struggled with reading and comprehension. Many couldn't define simple words and struggled with reading aloud. This was especially surprising coming from upper-middle class families within highly rated school systems. Yet, basic literacy is essential to many Bible-study methods, so this was a big problem.…
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Kindle Reader

Books, My Life
I'm not really interested in owning a Kindle. I have lots of gadgets and packing up for an overnight trip already consists of carrying a whole bunch of cords and cases. But I did pick up the Kindle Reader for my iPod touch. I wasn't sure what I would think about reading on such a small screen, but it was free so I thought I would try it. The first book I tried with Tribes which I had seen on the reading lists of lots of different blogs so I thought I would give it a try. I don't know if it was because I didn't really like the book or something about that style book on such a small device, but after trying a few times to get into…
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DaVinci Code

Books
In anticipation of the upcoming movie and all of the discussion that it will probably start I am listening to the DaVinci Code in my car. Let me start by saying that it is a compelling story, even if it isn't very well written. (but I am a bit of a snob when it comes to popular fiction so don't take my word for it.) On the whole "Christianity" side of the story there are 2 things that jump out at me. 1) There is a bunch of stuff that they talk about that they say "The church is trying to cover up" like the stuff about the how they put together than cannon and stuff. But most of this stuff isn't a secret, it is just boring. When you…
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Velvet Elvis

Books
Some of my thoughts of late have been colored by the book Velvet Elvis. It is by Rob Bell the guy from Mars Hill Church. The post I made a while back about questions was a direct result of this book, and I can't believe I haven't talked about it yet. There are  few things that I don't really agree with, but that is true about most things I read. For the most part it is a very challenging book that forced me to look at Christianity in a different way. Here are some quotes, and I could do literally hundreds, but I like these. Over time when you purposefully try to live the way of Jesus, you start noticing something deeper going on. You begin realizing the reason this…
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