I don’t have a ton of time to serve outside of our high school ministry. Curious about you! Vote in today’s poll.

JG

POLL DAY: Where do you send your kids to school? If you don’t have kids, where will you send them?

JG



POLL DAY question – how many times a week do you exercise?

JG

New poll today for POLL DAY! The first of 10 … what time in the morning do you start your office hours each day at the church?

JG



I have a good friend, David Kinnaman, who is President of the Barna Group. I have a ton or respect for him, his character, leadership, faith, and love for his family. I also appreciate his work!

The Barna Group did a research project resulting in finding 6 patterns developing in the church in 2010. If there is any wonder why college age people are not connecting with our churches as a whole….here ya go! The 6 patterns were:

  1. Less theological literacy. The report shows how even the most basic truths are getting lost.
  2. More ingrowth and less outreach-orientation. (this one is interesting in light of #1, you’d think we would “know” more)
  3. Greater interest in practical solutions rather than spiritual principles.
  4. Increased interest in community service and social justice for its own sake. to clarify, the report says this is due to this being “the socially esteemed choice at the moment,” not necessarily out of an authentic expression of a biblical perspective.
  5. Increased tolerance. The report chalks this up to the pattern found in #1 above. The lack of literacy leads to poor decision making.
  6. Little visible impact of Christianity on culture and individual lives. The report says that Americans have a difficult time identifying any particular value Christianity has added to the country’s culture. Wow.

Reading this report was both encouraging and disheartening. Encouraging in that when I think of a lot of people I know in my church, these things don’t apply. Disheartening because, well, did you read the six things above?

The latest episode of the Simply Youth Ministry Podcast is here! I was gone doing some high school ministry stuff, but the team got together with special guest NEely McQueen. The show must go on!

Doug Fields, Katie Edwards, and Matt McGill are happy to joined by Neely McQueen to talk about girls ministry. Shes the author of the new book, 99 Things Every Girl Should Know. Topics covered are: German pronunciations, spiritual lessons that are important for girls, how guys can help be role models for girls, girls ministry programs, Jesus punching people, girls and drama, and talking to girls about inappropriate dress.

JG



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The team made this sweet-but-simple bumper video this week as a bumper before the message.

JG

We used this video for a countdown video to set the mood for our I <3 Christmas series this past weekend. It was perfect!

JG