Monday, September 26, 2016

Top 10: Things I Learned Watching Saturday Morning Cartoons in the 80s!

10. To Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute!

9. Only I Can Prevent Forest Fires.

8.  Knowing is Half the Battle!

7. Just to Say No! 

6. There is Always a Plan by Someone to Try to Take over the World! 

5.  Most Mysteries Could Be Solved by Meddling Kids! 

4.  Some Bears are Smarter Than Average!? 

3. Heroes Come in All Shapes and Sizes. 

2.  Always Take the Left In Albuquerque! 

1. Sometimes Things Are More Than Meets the Eye! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ran-Dumb Youth Ministry Meme Classic!

* Here is a Classic, that I just Had to Re-Post, with all the Craziness and Hype about the New I-Phone!  Seriously Ex. 20:4?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Teaching Vs. Reaching Church?

I just recently started at a new church, as the 5th-8th grade pastor.  Over the last 2 weeks, it has been a refreshing and re-awakening time for me in ministry and for my family.   After serving in ministry for 22 years and growing up in and around church, this new place is what I have been seeking.  It is a place about not just teaching believers but reaching out to everyone...anyone!  This week I sat and listened to the heart of my new Sr. Pastor's wife, who serves as a missions and missional living director for this new church.  Her heart and words just oozed the "Great Commission" and "Great Command"  much like her husband's words from the stage each week. 2 nights ago our church threw a night celebrating the past year's missions trips and introducing our local missional partners in the local area.

All of this stands in stark contrast, to a conversation I had exited my last church and the final conversations with my leadership at that church. During that conversation, I heard a phrase that still echoes in my ear, that I think unfortunately echoes in too many hallways and offices. Even though often it is not spoken aloud, it is the unspoken understanding-  

"We are a teaching church not a reaching church...." 

There IS a difference, especially when it comes to how we approach our youth ministries in theses contexts.   Here are my 10 quick thoughts about the difference between "Teaching Church" and a "Reaching Church"...

10. Care for "Our" Kids vs Care for "Their" Kids? 

9. Comfortable in my Seat vs Uncomfortable on my Feet? 

8.  Inward Focus vs. Outward Focus? 

7. Lecture Hall vs. Hospital Hallway.  

6. Who is heading to Seminary vs. Who is heading to the Cemetery?  

5. Accept the Facts vs. Accept in Faith? (*see photo above from a sermon a few weeks ago)

4.  Earthly Knowledge vs. Heavenly Wisdom? 

3. An "Us vs. The World" mindset vs. an "Us for World" mindset? 

2. Defending Faith (apologetics) vs. Sharing Faith (evangelism)? 

1. Programming vs. Ministering

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

News U Can Use: "Middle Schooler/Tween Wins America's Got Talent"

Proof once again that middle schoolers/tweens are taking over the world!  If you church is not doing something specifically for the "middle years" (5th-9th), you may be missing out!  They are truly holding the keys to the kingdom and the future of the church!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Top 10: Why I Still Don't Want to be an "Adult" Pastor?

10. I don't really know what a "hedge of protection" is?

9. You can't play dodgeball with the Elders or Deacons?

8. I wouldn't be able to use my "Dumb and Dumber" teaching clip collection.

7. When I forget or don't know someone's name I can't just call them "Dude" or "Girl"

6. None of my icebreakers would work well in Sunday Morning Adult Worship.

5. I couldn't clean out my office by calling stuff "prizes" and throwing it out into the crowd.

4. I would have no use for my fart machine.

3. People would expect me to dress and act my age.

2. You can't shoot a "finger rocket" or a rubber band at someone if they are not paying attention while
I'm speaking

1. I would miss my amazing students! 

Monday, September 5, 2016

I will be back...Starting a new job!

Starting a new job at a new church tomorrow!

Along with hopefully this week getting all of our earthly belongings out of storage.

Busy, busy week! 

I will be back.  Come back soon!