Quinn’s story from Trabuco Hills’ You Own the Weekend in HSM.
Quinn’s story from Trabuco Hills’ You Own the Weekend in HSM.
Weekend Teaching Series: You Own the Weekend: Trabuco Hills HS (series premiere, week 1 of 5)
Sermon in a Sentence: Jesus brings peace to the stress of life.
Service Length: 68 minutes
Understandable Message: You Own the Weekend is all about students doing everything – and this week several students crafted a 3-part message on the event in the Bible where the wind and the waves were calmed by Jesus. The 3 parts of the talk each focused on a different part of the story, with a testimony (the first live and the second on video) breaking up the segments. The students had so much Scripture to use this weekend they even filled the back of the bulletin with lists of verses on worry and stress. Good stuff.
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: Students shot and edited several videos for the weekend – including a tremendously off-tune version of We Are the World called We are Trabuco. Painful to watch, hilarious in the a crowd. They also had the school mascots on stage, as well as a fun video shot all over their campus helping set up the big idea on stress.
Music Playlist: Salvation is Here, God is Love, Love Came Down, Salvation is Here (reprise)
Favorite Moment: You Own the Weekend’s big idea is that every student from every school gets an invitation to church. So many non-church students show up and participate in the service, it is incredible to see the turnout and get a chance to meet them. What an incredible weekend!
Up Next: You Own the Weekend: Mission Viejo HS [series premiere, week 2 of 5]
In the last of our 3 youth track sessions we focused on the individual student. We talked about everything we do outside of the large and small groups that are options for individual students to take steps forward in their faith. Here’s a few links for more depth on a few topics:
September may seem a long way away, buts it’s a good time to start finding people to join the team for next year. Depending on your situation, finding people might be easy; it’s finding the right people that can be a lot more work. It may seem early to be looking for volunteers, but in my experience, the longer you wait, the more reactionary your decision making becomes, but being proactive allows for you bring together a focused team of people who are called to serve and will take it seriously. Here are a few things to consider when looking for new volunteers for the ministry.
Be Selective- Its early, and you have the chance to start hand picking the people you want to start talking to, it could be young adults, young marrieds but keep your eye out. I remember hearing someone say that when looking for volunteers they would look for people who brought their Bible to Church and closed their eyes when they Prayed (hilarious). For me, its going up to people and planting the seed by saying “I think you would be a great youth leader, have you ever considered it?” Choosing people now means that you won’t have to settle for people you are unsure about later to meet a need.
Give them the vision- Where is your ministry going, what are its core values. People want to be a part of something, and if it’s a ground up rebuild, the people you need are different than adding to an existing team. Invite them out to a youth night so they can see the ministry in action, no commitment, just experiencing the culture. This is also the time to let them know the time commitment they are making and the basic expectations of being a leader. You want people all in, but they need to know in advance what being all in looks like.
Give them options- Not everyone is going to be a small group leader, but if they have a heart to serve, give them other options. We have a hand out that includes eight different options of how they can serve and includes expectations as well as the value that will be added to the ministry by that person filling that role. Its likely that most outsiders would think that to be involved in youth ministry means that you have to have a small group, and that you can’t volunteer unless you are willing to do so and this is not always the case.
Give them time- This is where being proactive pays off, because now the person has time to pray and consider this opportunity to serve. We ask leaders to sign up for 11 months and they are free agents in the summer and ask them to re-sign by the second week of August. The best leaders are the ones who God has called and committing to serving every week is a big deal, and one that should not be taken lightly. Pray for them as they consider, but let them seek the Lord guidance on leadership.
Recruiting leaders now makes life easier in the fall as you are being proactive and not reactive. But the message it sends to the people you ask is that you see a gifting in them, and you feel that they would be a great role model and spiritual mentor to your students. Great leaders are hard to find, so think about starting the search now.
Geoff Stewart is the Pastor of Jr & Sr High School for Journey Student Ministries at Peace Portal Alliance Church and regularly contributes GUEST POSTS to MTDB. You can, too! See how right here.
For those of you that are traveling by airplane to SYMC, here are my best flight travel day tips all rolled into one:
Wear a shirt that won’t show the spills in case of turbulence.
ALWAYS go to the bathroom right before ur flight cuz u never know.
Make sure those things u can’t live without (like phone charger) are with you and not checked).
Never leave home without a few snacks in ur backpack; in case of being stuck on the tarmac, you could sell them and fund ur next mission trip.
Have extra room in ur suitcase for cool stuff u’ll bring home from the conference.
If ur connecting through ATL, stop at Savannah’s Candy kitchen. (I love white chocolate best.)
Freebie…bring me a picture of you and ur flight crew and you’ll win a random bag of cool travel stuff.
Posted by: Scott Rubin
It’s frigidly cold outside as I write this, and there are mountains of snow in every parking lot it Chicago. School-getting-out is the last thing on my mind – even though I am definitely daydreaming of flip-flops & cookouts. (please no taunting from you lucky warm weather people!!)
But this month I’ve been starting to plan for May & June — because The Transition is coming. Of course, some of you also oversee elementary kids ministry, or high school ministry, or Both! But as the last day of school approaches, lots of us start thinking about “graduating” middle schoolers, or “welcoming in” brand new ones. (The average height in our ministry plummets by about 12 inches in one week — it’s crazy!)
What kind of plans do you have in place, if you have to “bring in the new”, or “move up the old”? I’m not just talking about meeting new kids — maybe you already know them. But how are you going to help them mark the transition into the next phase of life?
It’s one of the reasons that I love jr. high ministry. I think that a 12 year old can own so much more of their faith than an 8 year old can. And a 12 year old’s brain is accessing new dimensions of thinking every day, it seems. (other days, it seems like their brain takes a little vacation… )
This year, we’ve moved our summer camp earlier into the summer.. right after school gets out, actually. And we’re inviting the “new 6th graders” to come with us. If we communicate it right to parents, it could be a fantastic way for these newbies to connect, and get fired up about their next 3 years with us.
Besides that — it give me a great excuse to think about summer… I can almost feel the sunshine again…
Any tips anyone wants to share about how you Transition Well??
Posted by Kurt Johnston
- Will we ever catch up? That is the question I found myself asking last night as I watched a screening of the soon-to-be-released movie, “Soul Surfer”. It is the story of surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a shark attack a few years ago. It truly is an inspirational story. The movie stars Dennis Quad, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood, so it seems like it had a fair amount of production budget. However, as is the case with most faith-based films, the overall production quality was a couple steps below par. Now, if you saw “Facing the Giants” this film is about 5 steps forward, but it is still frustrating to see the body of Christ unable to deliver world class results. We are getting closer, but I wonder if we will ever catch up.
- Our church is in the middle of hosting a week-long conference. Today, in the parking lot of starbucks, I met a team of 18 paid staff from a church in the seattle area. Eastlake Community Church is 5 years old and has grown to about 5,000 people. A visit to their website seems to indicate that they are truly trying to do church a little differently, and it seems to be working!
- Do you have student leaders in your youth ministry? Consider taking them to Doug Fields’ Student Leadership Conference this July. I promise, it will be a highlight of their summer. check it out at www.dougfields.com
- I’m shockingly excited about a brand new resource at www.simplyjuniorhigh.com
It is the “Chat or Challenge” Ball, and I think it is an absolutely genius idea for junior high groups! It’s basically a clean, controlled game of “truth or dare” but the “truths” (chat) and the “dares” (challenge) have already been written. an inflatable beach ball has a mixture of Chats and Challenges printed all over it. The ball is tossed around a small group, and when the leader hollers “stop” whoever is stuck holding the ball looks to see what “chat” or “challenge” their left thumb is sitting on, and then proceeds to accomplish the challenge or discuss the chat. GENIUS, GENIUS, GENIUS.
- Concerning the above comment. Simply Junior High was named “simply” for two reasons: 1) it provides stuff that is soley created for junior high aged ministries. its, simple…you need junior high resources? Go to Simply Junior High. and 2) Because in a ministry culture that seems infactuated with over-thinking things, there is still a need for the simple; the practical stuff that you can grab off the shelf and put to use right away.