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Archive for the ‘students’ Category

pulling back the curtain • part three

March 27, 2008

finding our way forward with students and their families is going to take knowing the cultural landscape, understanding our theological “rocks” that are non-negotiable and then making intelligent choices based on those two things. the cultural landscape of students these points are based on the research of chap clark in his book “hurt” we may […]

abortions rates have gone down

January 26, 2008

• this post is edited for clarification after some great comments from leslie.  check them out! there is some good news about a cultural trend going the opposite way. church relevance blog is REPORTING on a study that says abortion rates are declining for a number of reasons. there are several things here to be […]

appalachian trail • gettysburg • ace adventure center

January 2, 2008

  so, i’m finalizing plans for a father•son trip this summer.  we’re heading for… west virginia and the ace adventure center where we are kayaking, whitewater rafting and rock climbing. then to pennsylvania to hike a day or two on the appalachian trail. then to gettysburg to camp and visit the civil war battlefield. it […]

rethinking events as youth ministy

December 22, 2007

i’m continuing to think about how youth ministry must change to reach students with the love of Christ, the truth of the Gospel and a better way to live because of hope in God. events have been something i’ve done and loved to do over the years. why? because they create memories, build existing and […]

food for thought

November 21, 2007

i know there are many times i worry that the above cartoon from absojesus hits so close to home. far too often among our church kids too. if you read anything from barna reseach, you’ll know there aren’t many differences if any between churched kids and non-churched kids any more. why are more and more […]

the battle is rough

October 29, 2007

sometimes it seems like the battle for hearts and minds [to use vietnam terminology] is a rough one.  one that i feel so beat up keeping in the middle of. trying to shape and pass on a biblical world view to students seems to get rougher and tougher the longer i am in youth ministry. […]

did you know?

October 29, 2007

this was a great video to think about… the future diversity technology america’s place in the world a Christian response fear they showed this at in a seminar at the national youth workers convention. how will this affect our youth groups, churches, families? our world is changing and so how do we respond?  how do […]

and students showed too!

October 7, 2007

tonight there was the first of hopefully many worship times for area high school students… …and it was awesome and God was definitely present! from my perspective, there was sincere worship going on, the band was authentic, God was there and for my ever increasing pessimism and frustration, THERE WERE BOATLOADS OF STUDENTS TOO! i […]

what’s going to give?

September 18, 2007

one of my goals of getting back to students in their environment has been happening really well, but it also means that the amount of time i have to complete everything gets busier. i have to be more efficient and be able to do more things on the fly. focusing on the students and the […]

fired up to see students: not plan!

August 17, 2007

i’m in the midst of planning mode for the fall, which is a necessary evil!  what i would much rather do is get out and see kids at football practice, have lunch with them and visit them at their jobs. how do we minimize the time it takes to plan, prep and program so that […]