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Now that YOUR kid is in your youth ministry…

18 May

I have seen over the past few days, youth leaders posting that their own kids are now entering their youth ministry. Admittedly it can be a scary thing. It brings out a whole new outlook on practice what you teach. Your kid will now be right there to remind you of what you spoke about last week when you are not living it out.

Some things to keep in mind regarding your childs health, well-being, and transition into your youth ministry.

  • Always double-check with your child BEFORE you share a personal story that involves them. It may help to drive the point home, but if you don’t ask permission, YOUR drive home might be a long one.
  • Child before student. Remember they should feel more important than any other kid in the group. The last thing you want to hear them say when you are old is, “My Dad/Mom was so loving and spent so much time with other peoples kids…I wish he had loved me like that.”
  • Let them have some of the behind the scenes benefits of being your kid. Enough said.
  • Download with them after youth nights. Your son/daughter can be one of your most honest and helpful critics, giving you insights on what works, and what doesn’t. Get their input.
  • Let them have their own experience with their friends. Don’t play the parent role. I know that can be difficult, but they need to be free to succeed and fail on their own.
  • If you have small groups in your church, have another leader lead your child’s group. Give them the opportunity to have other Godly adult influences in their lives. A small group should be a safe harbor for them to talk…even if it’s about you!!!

Having your own children in your youth group can be a HUGE blessing, or a nightmare…it’s up to you as the parent and the leader.

Related post from Jim Burns and Cathy Fields

FREE Online Training 5/19/10

18 May

You are invited to join us for a great day of learning and sharing on May 19, 2010 as Leadership Network presents “SAGE”.

In the tradition of THE NINES and AHA!, SAGE will be a totally on-line event… that means no travel arrangements, no days away from the office, and no hassle. And, you can attend for FREE! YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND!

Leadership Network has gathered a group of some of the most experienced, well-seasoned church leaders and asked them all the same question, “If you had it to do all over again, what would you have done differently?” Their answers will help all of us learn some valuable lessons about what to do and what not to do in our own ministry.

Event: SAGE! New Voices. Fresh Ideas.

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (ET) Thats 9am West Coasters!

Location: http://sage.leadnet.org

Program Book Purchase/Download:  http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1247051

Speakers: http://sage.leadnet.org/speakers.htm

Hope to see you online!

Does Your Church Have a Social Media Strategy?

13 May

A friend of mine, Ben Taylor, needs a few questions answered about your churches social media strategy. This information is needed to finish up his college course.  Would you take a few minutes and help Ben out? Here is the link to the survey Thanks in advance!

GVFD Annexation Update

11 May

Our annexation efforts are now in full swing and are going well. Over the past week, Captain Melissa Smith and volunteers have been going door-to-door to get petition signatures. The response has been positive and of the people we have contacted, a majority have signed the petition.

Your help is still needed, as it takes time to go door-to-door to collect signatures and many times, people aren’t home. You can help us by signing the petition and encouraging your neighbors and friends to sign now. Every property owner’s signature helps, so please spread the word to as many people as you know in the annexation area. Continue reading

Church Burnings on NW Side

11 May

There have been 4 churches intentionally set on fire in the North West area of Tucson Arizona in the past couple months. It breaks my heart to know that someone is setting these fires with the purpose of trying to hurt God’s children, or in some way trying to get back at God. My prayer is that whatever beef this person has with God, that he will understand… God still loves him. That God wants to adopt him into His family and move him from creation to child. Continue reading

xTina gets Xrated

6 May

Sometimes main stream music videos really strike a nerve in me. I know that the shock value is why artists and producers push the limits. What angers me is who they are targeting, our children. This video in particular really sends some false messages to our youth, and the visuals are nauseating.

I’m dancing alot and I’m taking shots I’m feeling fine
I’m kissing all the boys and the girls

False Message: Promiscuity and bi-sexuality are acceptable, as long as it makes you feel good its ok.  Biblical Truth Continue reading