Its that time again. Doug Fields, Matt McGill, Katie Edwards, and Josh Griffin are here to answer your questions. After a discussion of Cracker Barrel Diners, Drive Thru and Dash (Doug almost got it right), and other places to eat while traveling, the gang jumps into your questions. Topics include: A special needs followup, new believers as volunteers, volunteer motivation, adding to your job description, family ministry, steak dinners, students attending multiple youth groups, and whats most vital in your ministry.

JG

Thoughts From Message

troy —  March 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

Today I taught at Grace College chapel. I spoke about how in order to live out the Christian life we must live a life of faith. I used Luke 9:57-62 as my passage. Each person Jesus encounters in this passage feels like there is something they need to do before following him. They basically say, “I’ll follow, but first let me….”

So, here are some random and sporadic thoughts from my notes – that I simply cut and pasted:

  • Learning about and regurgitating the scriptures does not make you spiritually mature. Spiritual maturity shows itself when we are living out what they teach.
  • We move from living like religious people to living like Christians when we actually follow Jesus, believe he is who he says he is, and we seek to further the gospel in every single facet of our lives.
  • Continuing to bring the gospel message to those that don’t know it is NOT the duty of evangelists, it’s the call and joy of every Christian.
  • We devote our lives to furthering this message because we believe in Jesus, we love Jesus, and we want others to do the same.
  • Living a life of but-firsts strips you of a life of faith.
  • I think many of you would go anywhere if you knew for sure God wanted you to go…but you’re not really sure how to decipher that. You want it to be clear. You fear heading in the wrong direction and therefore you don’t head in any. And so, you’re stuck in a place where it doesn’t matter if you would go because you’re not sure what He’s telling you – or how He would make it clear. Basically, you put yourself in a place where you don’t have to actually do anything. It’s great rhetoric if you want to spiritualize not living out the Christian life. BUT, if you do, you have to move past this.

Tomorrow I will be talking about how to decipher God’s voice and be able to tell the difference between living a life of faith and living a life of stupidity. Should be fun.



Its that time again. Doug Fields, Matt McGill, Katie Edwards, and Josh Griffin are here to answer your questions. After a discussion of Cracker Barrel Diners, Drive Thru and Dash (Doug almost got it right), and other places to eat while traveling, the gang jumps into your questions. Topics include: A special needs followup, new believers as volunteers, volunteer motivation, adding to your job description, family ministry, steak dinners, students attending multiple youth groups, and whats most vital in your ministry.

Been talking a little bit about our youth ministry volunteer process since we have a key leader in transition on our team and we want to make sure the DNA and spirit of our group is intact after she’s gone. Here’s what our process looks like – from beginning to end:

Recruit
We go to as many different arenas in the church as possible to find volunteers. When it’s time to recruit, begin with prayer and go to the places where your best potential leaders are. Talk to groups and talk to specific individuals. Beware of the temptation to commit the seven deadly sins of volunteer recruiting.

Application
Once you’ve made the ask, make sure you have an application for them to fill out. Make sure it is somewhat comprehensive while not being defeating, but discouraging enough to weed out most of the poorer applicants from the start.

Investigate
Included in the application is the consent for a background search. This is absolutely critical. No one serves with students unless they’ve been professionally screened. The potential volunteer pays the nominal fee for this to be completed.

Interview
After the application and interview, we take some time to get to know them. In many churches, you know the potential volunteer already, but take the time to talk with them specifically about what they’re getting into. Share you heart, vision and make sure they have their questions answered, too.

Assign
Once they get the green light up to this point of the process, we will assign them an area of ministry. Usually this is revealed during the interview process – sometimes it is where we have a need (like a small group leader) or based on availability (like an event leader) or passion (like a weekend leader). Ideally we would put in 3 and 6 month check ins, but this is less formal in our setting and we just try to catch up with them as we can as they get acclimated to the ministry,

I’ll post part two tomorrow! What’s your process, or what needs clarity from ours? Let me know in the comments.

JG



I just read my friend Neely’s first book – 99 Things Every Girl Should Know.

It’s $5.99 from Group Publishing and would make a perfect gift for the girls in your youth ministry. Neely isn’t afraid to give practical advice about identity, boys, relationships, culture and faith. I’m proud of her, and excited to finally get a chance to read her work. Neely is a champion for identity in Christ for young woman, and I think that message comes across strong in the short read. If you’re looking for a nice book to be able to hand female students who are struggling with their identity/girl issues or just want to give them some encouragement in the journey of becoming a Godly woman, this book would be a great choice.

JG

One of the powerful new trends I’m loving is how our students are using Facebook in friendship evangelism. They are sharing their faith and love for Christ with their circle of friends online. For the You Own the Weekend series, students took the series graphic they made for their school’s week and proudly displayed it as their profile picture. Pretty incredible way to get the word out about your student ministry. Maybe something in there is transferable to your church, too?

JG



Several weeks ago I had the chance, along with Thom Schultz, to go to Conroe, TX and join St. James Episcopal Church in their celebration of 30 consecutive years of mission trips. 30 years… Statistically that’s longer than most people’s careers and even marriages. The coolest part of this church’s story is that there is a man that has been on all 30 trips. Wow…

As I sat there that night and listened to the tributes and stories, watched the slide shows, and talked to members of the church – I became aware of this under-current of grace that permeated this church’s ministry. The stories were about lives touched, the ministry to those in need, and God’s working in each and every person. They are a youth ministry and so there were stories of jokes and laughter and pranks but those didn’t dominate the conversation. The work of God and Grace was the dominant theme.

How I wish that for each of our ministries. Stories of grace…

There is a lasting image in my mind from that night. After the dinner and the speeches and the large group photo – small groups of people began to gather together. I could tell by dress and age that they must have been in youth group together at the same time. I saw a young single mom talking to friends. I saw married couples laughing together and remembering. I saw older adults, who must have been adult chaperones, congratulating each other for surviving. I saw Grace… 30 years of Grace.

30 Years of Saint James Youth Mission Trips

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Neely McQueen —  March 28, 2011 — Leave a comment

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