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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Hymns: Cultural Touchstones

My Life, Worship ideas
I have to admit if you asked me if I would rather listen to Pillar or the Gaither Vocal Band I would choose Pillar every time. I am not a hymn type guy. I like music that has a little bit of a beat to it, and generally I prefer a song led by a band rather than just a piano and a song leader. But there is something to be said about "classic" hymns of the church. When people have these conversations they normally talk about the deep doctrine contained in them. That isn't really much of a reason for me because 1) newer songs have deep doctrine too and 2) just because a song is old doesn't mean that it can't have flawed doctrine. For me what makes…
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