Starting anything - especially a ministry from scratch - can be a challenging and almost overwhelming task. Having made the journey of really starting two student ministries from scratch here are a few principles that I have found transferable no matter the size of your church or culture of your town.
The creation story, in Genesis, shows us how creative God is. Like an artist putting brush to canvas, a world of spectacular beauty was created. We serve a creative God, who uses extremely creative methods to show us who He is and how He loves us.
This is the time of year that most churches start looking ahead to the new year. If your church is anything like mine, you’re likely going through your calendar to figure out what needs to be on there in 2016. It is tempting to be ambitious during this season and put way more on the calendar than can actually happen.
Student discipleship is the all elusive, so important, but “what is it really” issue in Student Ministry. It takes on so many forms and looks so different that it is hard to really put our finger on it. I am sure that…no, I know for a fact that there are many people smarter than I am with endless material and teaching on student discipleship.
What is the liturgy of your ministry? Sometimes, the word “liturgy” brings forth an understanding of “traditional worship.” In reality, the word simply means “the work of the people.” In its root form, the word was used to describe a civic project, like the building of an aqueduct. Basically, it is what the community builds together...