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).

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Bold Moves of Jesus (Part 2)

Shane Stacey – July 24, 2015 Leave a comment

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As I said in my previous post, the Global Youth Initiative Summit took place earlier this year in Israel. I had the opportunity to attend with leaders from 53 different countries. The “Bold Moves” conference theme focused on five specific bold moves from Jesus’ earthly ministry.

Organizational leaders from different international ministries each gave bold move challenges. In part one, the bold move was change of geography.

Bold Move No. 2: Investing in a few

Focusing on Matthew 4-7, Mark Edwards, from Sonlife Latin America, points to Jesus’ intentional investment in a few.

Consider sharing these videos with your team. Look at the passages together from the Gospels and talk about what Jesus’ 1st century bold move could mean for you and your team in your 21st century culture.

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Bold Moves of Jesus (Part 1)

Shane Stacey – July 22, 2015 3 Comments

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Earlier this year, the Global Youth Initiative Summit took place in Israel. I had the opportunity to attend, along with leaders from 53 different countries. The theme for the conference was, “Bold Moves.” During our time in Israel, we focused on five specific bold moves from the earthly ministry of Jesus.

In this five-part series, I will share the full video of each challenge. Organizational leaders from different international ministries presented each Bold Move challenge.

Dann Spader, president of Global Youth Initiative (GYI) and founder of Sonlife, gave the first Bold Move challenge. Below the embedded video you will find a few key quotes.

Consider sharing these videos with your team. Look at the passages together from the Gospels. Discuss what Jesus’ 1st century Bold Move could mean for you, individually, as leaders, and as a team.

A change of geography

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The One Thing

Linton Lundeen – July 17, 2015 Leave a comment

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A number of years ago, my wife and I experienced a rough patch in our marriage. I related poorly to her and didn’t know how to proceed. One morning, I launched an arrow prayer to God and asked him to provide direction for me from my daily Scripture reading.

I didn’t search the Bible for all the passages related to marriage, I simply read what was presented on that day in the One Year Bible. God showed up in a convicting way that brought clarity to my marriage. I read one line from 1 Chronicles 16:43 that provided a breakthrough, “…and David returned home to bless his family.”

That was the revelation I needed. As a pastor, I sought to bless the congregation, the community and my counselees, but I did not go home intent on blessing my family, especially my wife. My wife received my “leftovers” at the end of the day, while everyone else got my best effort. If anyone should get my best efforts it should be my wife.  Continue Reading…

Discipleship and Margin

Gordy Williams – July 15, 2015 Leave a comment

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My youth group attendance plummets by about 33 percent in late May and early June. It happens every year.

Finals, final projects, final concerts, sports, sport banquets, last rounds of SATs and just plain exhaustion take their toll on my students. As the summer progresses, they all come back and by July we’re usually “normal” again.

Ministry and life have their rhythms and cycles. Little dips and surges occur throughout the year, and they’re pretty predictable. To some degree, I think that’s okay. As long as our students are plugged in on Sunday mornings, I don’t sweat it too much if they miss the occasional Wednesday night. In the past few years, however, I’ve been growing suspicious that our yearly plummets indicate something else. Continue Reading…

SketchParty TV

Brandon Early – July 10, 2015 1 Comment

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This Sunday, I needed a game for our gathering time. I knew my message was shorter so I tried to find a game that took a little more time. I landed on an iPad app called, SketchParty TV. This is a Pictionary-style drawing and guessing game, and it costs only $3.99.

SketchParty TV contains several word-lists, but you can make an in-app purchase to create “custom word lists.” I paid for the custom word lists feature a year ago, but it is currently a free add-on. Here is a list I found online. Copy and paste it into a new word list or use it for inspiration in creating your own.

SketchParty TV works on iPads only and uses AirPlay Mirroring to play. If you want to learn more about AirPlay click over to Apple’s AirPlay page here.

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