Safe Community

Safe Community

Youth Pastoring
I am going to jump back into blogging for a bit to talk about some of the things that are happening in our youth group. Some quick facts: Our "core" group is about 10 studentsWe are down to this number because of the changing demographics of our church (there are more families with young kids than with teenagers. We have a few more kids who should be part of that core, but their parents aren't very faithful either, so that causes some issues getting the kids to church. We have our typical Wednesday night and Sunday night Bible study times. Wednesdays is when we have the band traditionally Sunday nights were for deeper Bible study. This past semester (after school started until December) we started having a larger number of…
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The Greatest Showman Bible Study “Come Alive” is Here

The Greatest Showman Bible Study “Come Alive” is Here

Complete Series, Youth Ministry Ideas
My Bible study based on The Greatest Showman is now available for purchase. The cost is $5 and you get 4 lessons in a pdf, full page artwork (seen above) a main title slide and a background slide. Click the link below to buy it now or check out the full product page at https://nailscars.com/complete-series/come-alive-the-greatest-showman-bible-study/ Buy now Contents: Week Bible Study PDFTitle GraphicFull Page GraphicBackground GraphicBlack and White Header GraphicStudent Handout for Each Lesson Week 1: Come Alive Song: Come AliveBible Passage: John 10:10 Overview: This Bible study looks at the idea that Jesus promises us not just eternal life in heaven, but abundant life that starts right now. It uses the cheesy acrostic of ZOMBIE to demonstrate what it looks like when Christians don’t live that abundant life and…
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The Summer Keeps Rolling Along

The Summer Keeps Rolling Along

Youth Pastoring
...but it is almost over. We have finished VBS, finished our last kid late night event, and just have a family mission trip to go before we are done with all of the summer events. Our youth are full steam ahead with band and sports so their lives are ramping up, but as a youth pastor mine is slowing down a bit. Which is a good thing. About this time every year I start to reevaluate my life. As I get older the hectic schedule of summer gets harder and harder. One of the big helps now is that one son is in the youth group and one is in the kid's ministry so I get to see them both a bunch, but honestly the pace of summer is daunting. I'm…
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Youth VBS

Youth VBS

Youth Pastoring
We are one of the few churches that does Vacation Bible School from kids all the way up to Seniors. It makes for an interesting week, where I as the children's pastor don't really get near the kid VBS because I am spending all of my time in the Youth VBS. We sort of run them as two separate events that just happen to be going on at once, but it is neat to have a place for older siblings when the young ones are coming to VBS. Anyway, a week with students is both really fun and also really tiring. The keep spending time together and as such get more and more annoyed at each other and I keep teaching, but after 5 nights it is easy to tune…
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I Want Them All

I Want Them All

Devotional Thoughts, Youth Pastoring
Luke 14:23 (NIV) “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. An evangelist who came to our church when I was a youth would read this verse before he sent us out in cars to bring people to church. He would add a little to the end each time he would say "till my house is full and sloshing over." It was a long time before I realized that wasn't part of the actual verse, but the idea has stuck with me. We are getting ready for Youth VBS. It starts on Sunday and runs through Thursday and it is a whirlwind of activity, singing, and Bible study. There are always…
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