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

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 6, 2008

How is your relationship

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

I have been asking myself these types of question lately so I decided that I want to ask you.

  • How is your relationship with God?  Are you growing closer to Him? Desiring to spend more time with Him? Talking to Him?
  • How is your relationship with your spouse?  Spending time together?  Talking to each other?  Sharing thoughts and feelings?  How’s your love life?
  • How is your relationship with your staff?  Any bad attitudes that need adjusted?
  • How is your relationship with the people in your church?  Do they know you care about them?
  • How is your relationship with students?  Do you have boundaries set up?  Do they know you love God first and your family second?  Are you helping them to love you or God?

May 23, 2008

What are we DOING?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 1:35 pm by Jeremy Blount

I don’t know about you, but often I find myself doing the things that I know that I should not be doing.  I am not talking about sin (I find myself doing that to) but the daily activities that others could be doing for the ministry.   See I think we have a high calling to train and develop others.  As Youth Pastors we should make sure that we are spending our time wisely.  I often don’t.

Tim Schmoyer is a young youth pastor who is making a difference in the lives of students and youth pastors.  (Visit his blog and check out some of the neat things that he is doing.  Actually if you have skype you can join him in a group conversation every Friday at 2:00pm. )  Tim wrote a post the other day that I think will encourage you regarding the things that we should be doing.

This post was a great reminder to me that I need to be falling more in love with God personally.  I need to be developing leaders, spending time with students, and be out in the community setting an example for my students and others to follow.  The fun summer activities will not happen unless someone else steps up and helps plan them.   Check out the post from Tim.

Here is how Tim begins his post.

If we’re not careful, a youth pastor’s job description becomes very bloated very quickly, not just with all the stated expectations, but with all the unstated ones, too. Before we know it, we’re juggling so many balls we’re doing nothing but stressing out and ignoring what it is that God actually put us in youth ministry to do in the first place. Most of us seriously need to step back, take a deep breath, and figure out what it is we’re spending all our time on that is truly important and necessary for the ministry that no one else can do but us.  Read the rest here

May 8, 2008

Todays Meeting

Posted in Monthly Meetings tagged , , at 3:38 pm by Jeremy Blount

The Next meeting will be Thursday June 12th at 8:30 @ Norlo Park under the Pavilion.    RAIN OR SHINE.  Anyone willing to lead this time?

We had another great turn out today.  We covered the following announcements up front.

  • Vertical Festival is September 20th.  The guys at Vertical would love for us to be involved.
  • This Saturday Manito is hosting the Youth Night at the YMCA.  Ryan Payne Band will be there.  7:00-10:00.  Everything is free.
  • Penn National Golf Center came and shared with us their desire to partner with youth groups.   They want to organize a Church mini-golf league and also have our groups sign-up for mini golf nights.  The prices are great and worth us discussing.   What are your thoughts?
  • The YMCA will be hosting a Family Version of the Amazing Race on May 18th.  View the poster here.

Today we had a great time talking about our biggest failures.  We also share some of our personal struggles.  Many of us talked about time management and allowing ourselves to become to busy and therefore really tired.   The following type of thought was discussed.

Eugene Peterson observes in Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places that we are called to live in the rhythm of the text. God set the rhythm as work, work, work—work, work, work—rest. As Peterson points out, we too often abuse the rhythm of time by procrastination or hurry. We are faced with the temptation to waste time or rush past time.

God calls us to work (x6) and rest. This was the rhythm he set in the beginning. We are called to walk to this rhythm, live to the rhythm, raise families within this rhythm. Wesley wrote in his commentary on Genesis 1, “And let our make and place, as men, mind us of our duty, as Christians, which is always to keep heaven in our eye, and the earth under our feet.

FROM Derek Vreeland’s Blog.

April 15, 2008

Get out of your bubble

Posted in General Thoughts tagged , , at 1:44 am by Jeremy Blount

Ran across this today and have to link you to it. From the shift conference. Hope you enjoy the read. What do you think.

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?

March 13, 2008

Monthly Meeting

Posted in Monthly Meetings tagged , , , at 7:31 pm by Jeremy Blount

If you missed this morning meeting you missed a good one. We had between 12-15 youth workers present. Jarred did a great job leading the discussion. We talked about things God is doing in our lives and ministry, asked each other questions about ministry, and then prayed with each other. I love this time of getting together.

One of the questions that was asked was “what do you do to help disciple a new believer”. RESOURCES WE TALKED ABOUT:

Now that I am a Christian
Now What

Other resources we talked about:
CYPU.ORG
To write love on her arms.
UnChristian: What a new generation really thinks about Christianity.

Add your other Ideas by placing a comment.

NEXT meeting Thursday April 10th Hosted by Tammy Gloss. SEE YOU THEN.

40 Lincoln Way W
Chambersburg
, PA 17201

(717) 264-4113

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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