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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Video Daily Devotions for Students

Video Daily Devotions for Students

Youth Pastoring
So I am on this constant crusade for Instagram to take over Snapchat. I'm not a fan of Snapchat for a myriad of reasons, so I am always trying to push Instagram to the forefront*. When they added the very weird IGTV service I thought I would try it out and ran daily devotions for a while, but eventually I lost steam and moved on. Mainly because the tools I needed were hard and the devotions took too much time out of my day. Fast forward to 2019 and I think I have found a solution to making daily devotions for my students, and I think you can do the same. Here is how it works. You will need to start with some software and camera. I found for ease…
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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 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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