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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

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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!

Camp Fundraiser

7 May

Students we need you to sign up to help out with this event!

Kitchen: Laurie@alivechurch.com

Kids: MelissaH@alivechurch.com

Servers: Jayne@alivechurch.com

Clean up: HeatherB@alivechurch.com

Everything else: chris@alivechurch.com

Whether you are going to camp or not, we would love to have you help your friends!

This is a campus wide event!!

Adults would you like to sponsor a student? Email chris@alivechurch.com for more details!

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

My Story…

28 Apr

One of the My Story testimonies from Fusion. Shared by a good friend. The girl who wrote this in a safe place now, and following Christ!

Are We Training Up Our Teens To Be Priests or Levites? – Brian Ford

26 Apr

Are We Training Up Our Teen’s to be Priests and Levites?

I’m sure by the time you read this post you’ve already seen the video footage of the homeless man that helped a woman that was being mugged. He was stabbed and then left for dead on the sidewalk. For an hour he laid there with no help. People just passed by him, stared and one person even took a picture of the dying, bleeding man with his cell phone. When I saw this it disgusted me. But it also stirred something else in my heart and mind. Are we training our teens to be the Samaritan or to be like the priest and Levite? Have teens become so desensitized they pass by those who are dying spiritually and in need of Jesus? Continue reading