Archive for May, 2009

Summer ’09

May 23, 2009

I’m thrilled. Our Student Ministry is going to have a great summer as we have our annual Summer Tour planned, but we have some amazing young interns that will be serving, leading and learning. I really can’t wait to see what the Lord does in the lives of each.  Our interns will be centered on experiencing ministry to the fullest, not necessarily just doing menial labor. All will have different responsibilities in the church aside from Students that include assisting in our Children’s Ministry, Cafe’ and Production. I’ll keep you posted : )

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Student Ministry Confessional: Stress = Shingles?

May 22, 2009

Last week I had pretty much 3 days from h-e- double hockey sticks. It really had nothing to do with my job. It had everything to do with me not having a day off for 2 weeks. I paid for it. I paid greatly. Today I am nursing a stress induced case of SHINGLES because of last weeks craziness. It all started on Wednesday (5/10) when we have our large group meeting for our student ministry. At that time I was dealing with a surprise car repair in excess of 1g, 2 volunteer situations that were nagging at me (no further details), and the confusion and clutter of portable ministry. I arrived at the school we lease around 4:45 PM and one of the assistant principals was at the door of the open air campus waiting for me. He proceeded to tell me that the school had to move their NHS promotion meeting to next Wednesday (5/17) meaning we get the boot, even though we are contracted and paid. UGG! So I had to make a decision on the fly. Do we meet next week at a different location or do we just cancel. I had to know so that it could be communicated to our students that evening. I decided we would meet, at our small church facility 8 miles away. Seems natural right? Not really. Many of our student walk to our Wednesday night meeting or just stay after school and through the evening. That evening I communicated to our students that we were going on the road next week to “mix things up”. I had to be careful not to make the school sound or look bad. Everyone received this change well and the meeting came to a close. Phew….
NOT SO FAST! As soon everyone was dismissed I had a couple of leaders come to me to let me know that some students had vandalized a bathroom with markers and obscenities. Oh great, just what we need, I thought. So I walked into the bathroom with the guilty students feverishly scrubbing their names and obscenities from the bathroom wals. that was it. The back breaker. Two weeks with out a day off, volunteer situations, car problems, facility changes and no this! Crud. The days following my historic few days before revealed to some important ministry/life necessities:
1 – Take a day off, learn to say no. I have a difficult time doing that I like to make it happen and love to serve others. But not at the expense of my health and family.
2 – Don’t try to fix everything at once. I was definitely trying to fix it all at the moment. Think through it. Pray. Ask the Lord for wisdom. Continue with what you had been doing.

Me and the boys

May 9, 2009

We were just hangin’ out playing on the couch just before our evening at Cow Chicken (aka Chic-fil-A).

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Summer is a comin’!

May 4, 2009

We are amping up for another big summer in Student Ministry. Here are some of our goings on and changes for the Summer of ’09:

summer-tour2Summer Tour – We will take a break from our normal meetings and begin our annual Summer Tour on June 11. The Summer Tour is an on going summer program (I hate that word but it works) where we do something different each week for 8 weeks. Tour events include a local service project, a Charlie Hall led conference, game night, worship night, etc. we really have thought through each tour event to make it as cost effective as possible so that we can sell a Backstage Pass giving access to each event. It has become something that our student have really gotten into and invite friends. Another opportunity to connect with more students.

No camp – I have really wrestled with camp for a long time. To be honest with you I don’t know if camp connects with this post-Christian generation, add the outrageous price it’s not an easy sell to our students and their families.  I have taken students to camp for many years now and have decided to not do so this year.  Call me crazy or whatever, we aren’t doing it, and probably won’t do it again.

Interns – As of this post we have 2 confirmed interns joining our Leadership Team this summer. I’m so thrilled that 2 of our graduating seniors will be hired to lead, organize, learn and serve. Adam and Julia are amazing young adults who have been a part of our ministry for many years. They begin in mid May and serve thought the end of August. I really look forward to serving along side them. I will keep you updated!

Wild at Heart Retreat – In August we will be taking a smaller group of guys to northern Florida for a time of playing and training focused on the growth towards being a Godly man. Can’t wait!

Student Leadership – In August we will begin our Student Leadership Training lead by our SM interns. Another opportunity to train our students and prepare them for the upcoming school year.