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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Welcome to Wovernight

Welcome to Wovernight

Meeting Report
When I came to my current church the youth pastor before me was very big on events. The group had a tradition of several big events a year. One of these was a winter retreat that would be during the Christmas break where students would spend 2 nights somewhere off campus. When I started 7 years ago I did a these for a while, and then got the idea of taking all of that stuff from the weekend and condensing it into one nigh where everyone stays up and we have like 4 sermons and go out to fun places. I was all excited because I had come up with a new thing. And then it dawned on me. That event already has a name. It's called a Lock-in. I…
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Wildlife Middle School Worship is Back

Wildlife Middle School Worship is Back

Meeting Report, Youth Lessons, Youth Pastoring
One of the most fun things that has happened for me in ministry happened a couple of weeks ago. It was the triumphant return of Wildlife our once a month middle school only gathering. Now if you are a big group and you have middle school and high school separate already you know how great this is. But if you have a small youth group like mine it is really hard to split middle school and high school on a regular basis. 1) because you don't have enough staff and volunteers 2) you don't have the space and 3) if you split your youth group you would have even fewer people in each group and things would get weird. That is where Wildlife comes in. Once a month we have…
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