November 21, 2008

One of the best youth min sites

Posted in Weekly thought tagged , , at 1:52 pm by Jeremy Blount

This guys is on the move and making a difference in youth ministry. If I were you I would subscribe to his blog so that you can read all of his latest post.  Are you free Friday afternoons around 2:00 PM EST?  Join Tim and other youth pastors from around the US on a live youth ministry conference call.  Visit timschmoyer.com   for more details.  

Here is a little bit of Tim’s Last Post.   

We’ve all had them — students who cause trouble, play on their cell phones all night, are disrespectful, and generally seem mad at the world. Although we love these teenagers as much as we love the others, sometimes it feels like we’re constantly sacrificing the quality of the ministry to all the other kids for the sake of that one (or three or whatever).

When I had my first encounter with this kind of situation, my sr. pastor at the time gave me this advice and I’ve followed it ever since: “Never sacrifice the ministry to all the kids for the sake of one or even a couple.” If, because of one or a couple disruptive students, other kids in the group are not receiving the attention they crave, the spiritual input they seek, and the time to focus on God that they need, then a course of action is needed. read the rest here

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October 3, 2008

Do you know who was there?

Posted in Weekly thought at 2:07 pm by Jeremy Blount

I was wondering how you manage and track who is there and who is not?  Do you follow up on students when they miss several weeks?  Do you let them know they were missed?  In a culture that is impacted so much by relationships students simply want to be known.  Do they know that we KNOW they were not there?

I struggle with this.  Tim shares some good thoughts on his blog. What do you think?

September 15, 2008

Learn from them

Posted in Weekly thought tagged , , at 3:02 pm by Jeremy Blount

A couple opportunities for you to learn from.

  1. Vertical Festival Session with Justin Lookadoo.  If you are going to be at Vertical Festival this Saturday come to the Youth Pastor Lounge (Click on the Picture to learn where the Lounge is located)
    @ 3:00 PM for a special time with Justin.  Following this session we will talk about the Alter Call and follow-up process. September 20th.
  2. Reach, Teach, Unleash 08-with Kathy Gunnaway @ Chambersburg First Church of God. September 27th, 2008.
  3. Presence-Centered Youth Ministry Conference with Mike King @ Lancaster Bible College.   October 18th.    Find out more here.
  4. Deep & Wide Youth Ministry Seminar online.  Listen to sessions here.

June 20, 2008

Get real & start equipping

Posted in Weekly thought at 4:19 pm by Jeremy Blount

Last week 8 of us met at the park for our monthly FCYN meeting and I must say that we had an awesome time.   We shared about our ministries, our lives, and then something happened.  We took it to the next level.  We talked about our individual relationships with God.  We shared how we were doing.  We talked about struggles and frustrations.  As I look back on our meeting I realize that many of the things that were going on in our ministries and lives was directly impacted by our relationship with God.   This is nothing new.  We all know this, but so often we find ourselves masking over our personal relationship with God to talk about ministry or life in general.  YOUTH Pastors lets get real.  Lets be willing to admit that we are not where everyone thinks we are. Not even close.

As we become real in our personal life and walk with God I believe we also need to be real when it comes to ministry.  I dont have all the answers and to be honest sometimes my ideas and agenda’s stink.   I started read John Maxwells book titled Developing Leaders Around You and it has reminded me of the importance of Equipping the saints.  You cant do it all. If you are trying to do it all, your ministry is probably not functioning at its highest level.  As we depend upon God to work through our weakness we need to also be equipping those around us to do their best for God.

So…do you need to get real?  Have you been faking your relationship with God?  How about with others?   Are their areas in your ministry that you need to allow someone else to be responsible for?  Are you training others to do your current responsibilities?

May 9, 2008

Youth pastor share’s on office hours

Posted in Weekly thought at 2:31 pm by Jeremy Blount

Yesterday, at our monthly meeting we talked briefly about time management and how many of us dont feel like we make the “best” use of our time.  I would be interested to know how everyone spends their day.   Check out this article from a fellow youth pastor who talks about a “youth pastor’s office hours”.

May 6, 2008

A must listen to podcast

Posted in Weekly thought tagged , , , , at 2:43 pm by Jeremy Blount

I was forwarded this article and found a link to the following podcast.  Let me encourage you to take the time to listen to this podcast from Lifeway.  Its about Evangelism and a new book by Tim Keller called the Reason for God. Enjoy the podcast.  CLICK HERE.

April 25, 2008

How’s it going? Man, I am so busy

Posted in Weekly thought tagged , , , , , , at 6:16 pm by Jeremy Blount

I don’t know how many times I have responded to someone asking me about how I am doing with “Busy” or something along those lines.   Its like I want a pat on the back or a “way to go man, your just like everyone else.”  Maybe your TOO busy.  Maybe its time to slow down a little bit.  Learn to say no.   Busyness does not equal productive.  Busyness probably does not equal quality time with God.

Check out my buddy Rons post on busyness.     He is learning that being busy is not all that it is cracked up to be.  RON’S CHALLENGE TO YOU.

April 7, 2008

Communicating with Students

Posted in Weekly thought tagged , , at 5:15 pm by Jeremy Blount

I visited plugrug.com today and ran across Jeremy’s post regarding how to communicate to students.  Thought you should read it.

Answer the following question for me.

How do you communicate with your students?

Important Stats for Student Ministry

You don’t have to have a degree in Youth Ministry to realize that our students are more connected than any generation before them. With that being said I, like most of you I’m sure, am always looking for better ways to communicate with my students.

Tim Elmore and Growing Leaders recently conducted a focus group of 16-24 year olds and asked them how they wanted to receive information from us. Here are the top 8 answers:

1. Text messaging
2. Internet (i.e. MySpace or Facebook)
3. iPods and Podcasts
4. Instant messaging
5. Cell phone
6. DVD / CD
7. Books
8. Email

Read the rest here.

March 22, 2008

So what?

Posted in Weekly thought tagged , , , , , , at 10:54 pm by Jeremy Blount

This year I set a personal goal of  reading two books per month and currently I am reading “A New Kind of Youth Ministry” by Chris Folmbsee.   So far its been a good read.  I agree with a lot of things that Chris brings up.

Chris talks about his desires to be responsible for the Spiritual Formation of students rather than a list of programs and events.   As I was reading this morning I began to think about a question that we need to be asking our students.  Chris does not mention this question, but its one that I believe needs to be asked.  SO WHAT?

We need to teach Biblical Truth but not just for the sake of Biblical Knowledge.  Our students need to know how this Biblical Truth should effect their daily lives. They need to know how the Biblical Truth that we are teaching ties in with what God is, and has been doing through out History.  Is this Biblical Truth something worth dying for and if so why?

Discipleship isn’t about just being a learner or a student of theological reflection. It’s about living out your trust in Jesus in relationship with him.

Okay, the Bible teaches..(this truth)…So what?  How does this Biblical Truth impact your life?  How should it change the way you live and act?  How does it impact the way you show love to those around you? How does this affect your love Relationship with Jesus?

I hope that you think through these thoughts.  My final question would be: are you helping students to know about Biblical Truth or live Biblical Truth?

February 29, 2008

RETHINK….

Posted in Weekly thought tagged , , , , at 6:55 pm by Jeremy Blount

As I will often mention I love seeing what God is doing in and through other Youth Pastors around the world.  I love how when we get together we can share thoughts that challenge us in our walk with God.

One of the most amazing things about God is how He might be challenging me in an area and at the same time challenging people with the same thought throughout the globe.

God is challenging me to GIVE HIM everything.   See here.    He is also challenging Brian from RETHINKYOUTHMINISTRY.blogspot.com   with the same thought.

Though we do not face the sort of death for our faith that folks did in Mark’s day, we are called to other kinds of death: death to our own sense of self-sufficiency, death to self-centeredness, leading to the realization that we do need something beyond ourselves. When I find myself embracing this notion, the truth always washes over me that surrender doesn’t bring confinement but freedom.

Read the rest here.

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