Esquire Theme by Matthew Buchanan
Social icons by Tim van Damme

21

Nov

Planking, Hair Color, Pizza, and Jesus!  that was the case this weekend as our Student Ministry took 50 Middle School students to a Conference in Ocean City MD. 3 days of non-stop fun and impartation! 

With all the fun we had, getting to know students better and building relationships with other leaders, God opened my eyes to a “must have” in order for our student ministry to grow and reach generations. Student Ministers. Jon McKee taught a seminar this weekend called “Ministry by Teenagers” that ROCKED MY WORLD! It opened my eyes to the reality and necessity there is to develop better ministers amongst our students. 

Why Ministers? Well, John pointed out a great point. Sometimes we use the term “Student Leaders” for those students that organize games or help set up chairs. That’s not a Leader, that’s a Volunteer. I liked his usage of the title “Student Minister” and what he described as the process of developing those types of leaders (I’m still collecting that information so i wont attempt to give you step-by-step instructions just yet). But, what i can tell you is that It consisted of evaluating your student ministry and identifying those students who have a mature outlook on their faith and are ready to use their gifts, callings, talents, or service to help others. And the reality is, not every potential “Student Minister/Leader” is willing to step up and take on that challenge. Some are shy. Some think too little or too highly of themselves. Some are not sure what a student minister does. 

That’s where “WE” come in. The Pastors, Parents, Leaders, and Mentors. It’s up to us to challenge, encourage, and pray for this generation to recognize they have what it take to bring the next Big Revival. The next Move of God. And the attitude to live “radiKal” lives for Jesus Christ. One thing is for sure. If we don’t live up to our part, how can we expect them to know their purpose?

Planking, Hair Color, Pizza, and Jesus! that was the case this weekend as our Student Ministry took 50 Middle School students to a Conference in Ocean City MD. 3 days of non-stop fun and impartation!

With all the fun we had, getting to know students better and building relationships with other leaders, God opened my eyes to a “must have” in order for our student ministry to grow and reach generations. Student Ministers. Jon McKee taught a seminar this weekend called “Ministry by Teenagers” that ROCKED MY WORLD! It opened my eyes to the reality and necessity there is to develop better ministers amongst our students.

Why Ministers? Well, John pointed out a great point. Sometimes we use the term “Student Leaders” for those students that organize games or help set up chairs. That’s not a Leader, that’s a Volunteer. I liked his usage of the title “Student Minister” and what he described as the process of developing those types of leaders (I’m still collecting that information so i wont attempt to give you step-by-step instructions just yet). But, what i can tell you is that It consisted of evaluating your student ministry and identifying those students who have a mature outlook on their faith and are ready to use their gifts, callings, talents, or service to help others. And the reality is, not every potential “Student Minister/Leader” is willing to step up and take on that challenge. Some are shy. Some think too little or too highly of themselves. Some are not sure what a student minister does.

That’s where “WE” come in. The Pastors, Parents, Leaders, and Mentors. It’s up to us to challenge, encourage, and pray for this generation to recognize they have what it take to bring the next Big Revival. The next Move of God. And the attitude to live “radiKal” lives for Jesus Christ. One thing is for sure. If we don’t live up to our part, how can we expect them to know their purpose?

18

Nov

Suggestions VS Solutions

How many times have you been going through something in your life and someone tells you the solution but you dont know how to make the “Solution” a reality in your life? For example, as a Christian we constantly battle with various tempations, doubts, fears, etc. that are usually originate in the mind. God’s word say’s to “Take every thought captive, to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor 10:5). Simple solution right?

Well the problem is, How do we do that? How do i “Take my thoughts captive?” Do i just pray? Read the bible? go to church? WHAT?! Although this may seem like a situation taken too seriously, it really is an issue in this present culture. We are flogged with authors, activits, and even BLOGGERS who are great at addressing the PROBLEM, but give very few details on how to begin the problem solving process. Sure, everyone has their own opinion, and not everyone’s idea of suggestive steps towards obtaining a solution is going to work for all people. Lets face it, what works for one person, may not work for the next. But thats not the point!

 If we are going to constantly have battles to fight (and everyone is), and all we do is agree with a sermon we hear, book we read, blog we follow, or advice we get, and never take steps to figure out how to obtain that resolution in our lives, we will just be a bunch of JACKED UP “Yes Men!” The reality is, if you want your life to get better, you have to take responsibility for connecting with and obeying the one who can make your life better, Jesus Christ. Thankfully, God in his infinite grace, has his hand open and Spirit willing to guide us through whatever storm we may be facing. AMEN to THAT!

With that being said, my aim in this blog is to give you some suggestive steps on how to address issues in your Life, Ministry, Leadership, (and one day) Marriage. Will my suggestions work for everyone? Probably not. But my aim is to at least show you that even when you’re facing something that seems impossible to get through, there is always another perspective that could help you see it from a different view and maybe help you approach it in a new way with new zeal!  

So here is my first Suggestion. 

#1. Read my Blog. It could help you or someone you know. LOL. A sameless plug. I know. But nonetheless, my hope is that this will help you become more open to hearing different suggestions that may help make God’s solution become arealism in your life! 

17

Nov

So here is my 1st blog post. (that’s me “Kyle” with the crazy face, and thats “Shawn” my beautiful fiance’). I wont go into detail about myself right now. Im sure you will learn more about me soon. 

As for the blog, I plan on using this blog on Radical Living to bring inspiration to people in the areas of Student Ministry, Marriage (as I’m soon to be married), Leadership, and of course Life. 

I am by no means an expert at any of these areas. But what I do have is the desire to grow and share with others things I’m learning along the way. Maybe a few funny post here and there! :)

I hope this blog will help you in your journey with God through whatever area you need development. I will frequently quote others, post links, pictures, and other bits of information so that together, we may grow RADICALLY! Well..I hope you enjoy. I’ll try to post habitually, so please visit back soon!

So here is my 1st blog post. (that’s me “Kyle” with the crazy face, and thats “Shawn” my beautiful fiance’). I wont go into detail about myself right now. Im sure you will learn more about me soon.

As for the blog, I plan on using this blog on Radical Living to bring inspiration to people in the areas of Student Ministry, Marriage (as I’m soon to be married), Leadership, and of course Life.

I am by no means an expert at any of these areas. But what I do have is the desire to grow and share with others things I’m learning along the way. Maybe a few funny post here and there! :)

I hope this blog will help you in your journey with God through whatever area you need development. I will frequently quote others, post links, pictures, and other bits of information so that together, we may grow RADICALLY! Well..I hope you enjoy. I’ll try to post habitually, so please visit back soon!