Every Time I Cancel Youth …
I woke up this morning to this. The teens wrapped up my car with plastic wrap and tied fishing line all over the driveway and the house. My kids loved it because all the fishing line was like an obstacle course from Mission Impossible. We canceled our youth meeting last night because of our church picnic and baptism, so they
As the weekends get busy, I typically don’t post here on the blog. But now that the weekend is over, here is the wrap-up. We had a yard sale on Saturday morning. Jennifer was busy all day on Friday getting things together and I was busy carrying and moving “stuff” up to our garage. We made about $200 selling our
Marketing and Youth Conferences
I’ve got to share a frustration of mine. I have been working in youth ministry now for about 13 years, so I have been to my fair share of youth conferences. Some I have liked, and some I won’t go back to, but I still think conferences have a valid place in youth ministry. But here is my frustration. Almost
It was a busy weekend, but worth it as usual. I just wanted to share some of my experiences from the weekend. Saturday night church meeting – we try to get together once a month just to share updates and pray. We also spent some time thinking of some things that need to be done at church. It was exciting
Structuring Your Church’s Youth Ministry
I’ve been spending some time lately thinking about the youth ministry at Cornerstone. I have been involved with youth ministry about 12 years now, so I have seen several trends come and go. When I first started, in our area Wednesday nights were when all the churches focused on teen outreach. Schools in the area didn’t have late practices and
Youth Worship Service at Carroll County
This is just a quick post to let all the teens know about the youth worship service at Carroll County High School this Saturday night. This has been student organized and planned, and our young adult band will be leading worship. If you need, any info, shoot me an email. The doors open at 6pm, so come on and bring
We Will Not Forget …
April 16th is a date that is etched in many of our minds. Last year at this time, we were packing to go to DisneyWorld when we turned on the news and saw what was happening at Virginia Tech. We live about an hour away and it was a surreal experience watching the events unfold. Both Jennifer and I graduated
Dealing With Loss
This past weekend was extremely rough on our local teens. Two tragedies in one weekend. A student in Carroll County committed suicide and another student in Galax died after battling a heart problem. Most of the teens in our youth group knew both. In a small town, even if you don’t really know someone, you typically know who they are.
Straight Street in Roanoke
There is an interesting article in the Roanoke Times today about Straight Street. It is a Christian teen center in Roanoke that has made a huge impact. Check out the article here. They have a facility in downtown Roanoke that is open to teens on weekend nights. They are really reaching some teens that everyone else has given up on.
I’ve got our kid’s Upward Basketball games in the morning and then I’m headed off to the WinterJam concert with a bunch of our teenagers. It should be fun, although I’m sad that Jenni won’t be going. She was planning to, but she is sick now along with Drew. She will be staying home taking care of the kids and
How Not to Be A Fool
We started a new series last week in youth about making wise choices from the book of Proverbs. Life is full of small decisions that lead to big consequences. Nobody decides to wake up one day and become an alcoholic. Nobody decides to wake up one day and commit a crime. The big bad choices in life don’t happen overnight.