Teaching Tips (Part 1)

Reid Kapple – August 26, 2015 2 Comments

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I want to spill some digital ink here and share a handful of practical tips that you can implement in your teaching prep. Let me quickly say two things: First, I am speaking from the position of a practitioner with real experience and not from the standpoint of a scholar who knows theory; Second, I do not expect you to employ all of these tips. Just pick a couple that resonate with you and begin adding them to your teaching tool belt.  Continue Reading…

DIY Disc Domination Game

Brandon Early – August 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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Recently, I came across a game online called, Bottle Battle. It looked fun and simple, a great combination for a youth gathering game. The only problem was the price: $60. I decided to put my brain to use and build a version of Bottle Battle with things I found at my local hardware store.

List of parts for one set: 

  1. Half Inch 5’ Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT) Conduit (x2)
  2. Half Inch EMT Set Screw Connections (x2)
  3. 4” Metal Round Pan Box (X2)
  4. 4” Metal Box Cover (x2)
  5. Root Beer Bottle, Plastic (x2)
  6. Disc 

Building instructions: 

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At EFCA ONE in June, Kevin Kompelien became the new president of the EFCA. When the denomination brings in a new president, it is wise to know the heart and priorities of that leader.

Below is the video of President Kompelien’s first message. I encourage you to watch and listen as he unpacks several priorities for the EFCA.

2015 EFCA One: Kevin Kompelien from EFCA on VimeoContinue Reading…

Fun Summer Game

Reid Kapple – August 14, 2015 Leave a comment

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I know we are already into the full swing of summer, but it’s not too late to try this simple activity that our students enjoy. Feel free to steal this idea if you are still looking for something to add to your calendar or if you want to keep this in mind for a later date.

Raving Ultimate 

Ultimate Frisbee is fun by itself, but not everyone wants to play when we get a game together. I found a way to make it even more enjoyable and attractive to a wider range of students. Continue Reading…

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When speaking somewhere, anywhere actually, these five tips will help you out. If you get invited to teach at a camp or your local FCA meeting, or even if you are teaching Sunday School, these tips will come in handy more than you imagine.  Continue Reading…

As Your Students Leave For College

Dr. G. David Boyd – August 10, 2015 2 Comments

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Store aisles packed with mini-fridges and trendy bedding sets showcase the first signs that fall is just around the corner. Due to college sports and on-campus employment, many college students leave home by the middle of August. So now is the time to act!  Scheduling personal goodbyes is not possible for most pastors, but with a little planning you can make your college students feel appreciated.

Three keys to a great transition:

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My (Ideal) Study Routine

Reid Kapple – August 7, 2015 Leave a comment

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Maybe it’s different for you, but when preparing my message each week, I consistently run into prepping under the tyranny of the urgent. However, when I can plan and prep ahead, I find more time to be creative, thoughtful and reflective. In this post, I layout how I, ideally, prep for my messages. I don’t always keep to this schedule, but when I do, it makes a drastic difference.

Three months out

I plan quarterly personal retreats where I spend part of that time praying and thinking through what I will teach three months in the future. Typically, I consult a document of teaching ideas collected during the previous months. Sometimes, these ideas are books of the Bible I want to teach through, biblical themes or doctrines I want to highlight, or cultural issues that I want to address. I usually leave the retreat with three things for the next three months:

  1. A schedule of what I will teach and when.
  2. A title and objective for each series, if there is more than one.
  3. A list of resources and creative ideas.

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Before You Kickoff the Fall

Shane Stacey – August 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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Here’s what I know about your summer. You spent some time with students in a church van, a bus, airplane, rental vehicle, or your car. Why?

You went somewhere. You traveled to a desired destination. Maybe it was camp in Iowa, a mission trip to Haiti, a waterpark, or a conference in San Diego.

Your destination determined what mode of transportation made the most sense. Your vehicle was determined by your vision. You wouldn’t drive an airplane to get to the pool across town. A car is much more helpful.

Pause and ask this question: As you get ready to start your ministry year, how clear is your disciplemaking vision? Before you read on too fast, I encourage you to take a moment and think about it. If your vision is not clear, then your vehicles will become your vision.

If you don’t know where you’re trying to get students and the best way to get there, your programs will be your focus. Instead of making disciples that make disciples, you’ll be managing a youth group. None of us signed up for that.  Continue Reading…

One Another Living Guide

Shane Stacey – August 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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The conduit for disciplemaking has always been relationships! But in our culture we cannot assume that people know how to live out the implications of the gospel in biblical community. In fact, the writers of the New Testament did not assume it in their day either. There are more than 59 “one another” instructions in the New Testament.

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Cadre Ministries recently updated one of their resources called, “The One Another Living Guide.” It is your journey through 25 life-changing “one another” verses. (E.g., love one another, pray for one another, bear one another’s burdens, etc.)

It’s a pocket-sized booklet of biblical challenges that helps you and your friends inflow the love of God into your lives, and then overflow God’s love into your everyday relationships in practical ways. Each “one another” study challenges you to express God’s love to others using one of five love languages: time, touch, tell, to-do, or treasure.  Continue Reading…

Bold Moves of Jesus (Part 3)

Shane Stacey – July 29, 2015 Leave a comment

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The Global Youth Initiative Summit took place earlier this year in Israel. I had the opportunity to attend with leaders from 53 countries. The conference theme was “Bold Moves.” We focused on five specific bold moves from the earthly ministry of Jesus.

  1. Change of Geography
  2. Investing in a Few
  3. Going to the Other Side
  4. Surrender to the Cross
  5. Multiply Everything

Bold Move No. 3: Going to the Other Side

Focusing on Mark 4:34-41, Ben Francis, of Big Life India, points to Jesus’ move to the other side.

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!”Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!” (Mark 4:35-41).

Bold Move #3 – Going to the Other Side from EFCA on VimeoContinue Reading…