Friday, September 6, 2013

Best Network Meeting In Years

It's not rocket science...

Yesterday 10 youthworkers from our community connected to pray.  Catholic, Baptist, non- denominational and para-church, we were all in the room together.

As an added bonus one of our local high school principles joined us at the beginning of the time to share some info about his particular school.  Of course we were able to pray God's blessing on him.

We read Psalms of praise...
We shared personal needs and prayed for one another...
We prayed for kids and parents in our area...

And WE did it TOGETHER...

I'm so thankful for each who was in the room.

Take the time, energy and risk to connect with other youthworkers in your area.  It will make a difference.

"that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Who's The Real Youth Pastor?

I have this dream.  

I dream our small group leaders would see themselves as youth pastors.  I've also hoped that students and parents would see their small group leaders as their primary pastor. 

For far too long our churches have leaned too heavily on the "professional pastor".  At the end of the day it's not about the paid youth worker but the host of volunteers God uses.

So what do "paid" youth workers do???

"Equip God's people for works of service"

So, when I saw his fb post from one of our key volunteer leaders a little tear welled up in my eye...

"Getting ready to launch into a crazy week for work -- Detroit area (via ORD) early, and San Antonio later in the week. But what is really on my mind this morning are students at IBC. First day back at school for most. I'm excited for the newly minted Junior class, and thoughtful how we can grow together this year. Praying for them and for the host of teachers and administrators that also are back into life investment this week!"

This is what relational ministry is all about!  Leaders focused on and praying for the kids God has placed on their heart.  It's amazing to see who God raises up to pastor kids.  

Brian is a long time leader and serves sacrificially.  God has and will continue to use him to love and disciple kids.

I'm so blessed to be a part.