Community Slowly

Community Slowly

Youth Pastoring
If you will check out yesterday's post you will see that I am struggling to find the balance between creating community and creating a safe space. Tonight we had our normal crew of students, both members and students who came on the bus. Getting them all there is always hard, but in the end tonight it turned out to not be a bad night. They listened and interacted with the lesson and no one was terribly disrespectful. Add that to the fact that I don't think anyone stole anything and nothing was broken and I think it was a positive night. I am still looking for what works best in this group. Tonight I taught a lesson with a strong visual component. That seemed to work to keep their attention.…
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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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