Last week we talked about the reality that youth ministry isn’t winning. You can read that here. I introduced the term “Discipleship Movement”. I’ll come back to that.
Most students graduate.
Most students graduate high school. The most recent percentage on dropouts I could find had it hovering right above 7%. Today the rate is lower, but it’s still between 50% and 75% of those who graduate high school will also stop being involved in a local expression of church and following Jesus. We like to call this “Graduating from their faith.”
The ROI isn’t great.
The reality is that Youth Ministry costs Continue reading “Youth Ministry Isn’t Winning – Part 2”
Last week we talked about the initial concept of the Trinity. You can read that here. This week we’re going to dive a bit deeper into God the Father.
This is big. Huge. This means that God is revealed as a loving Father. This implies that earthly dad’s like me are meant to reflect God to our children. So your Dad will always impact your view of God. God is the first Father and so He isn’t called that by a relation of mankind, rather man is and earthly Fatherhood is called such by a comparison to God. i.e. Fatherhood came from God to man and wasn’t a title given from man to God.
How He’s Father
God is creator of Continue reading “The Trinity – Part 2”
your youth ministry isn’t as great as you think. No, I’m not saying it’s not good, I’m saying your still going to deal with the same stuff everyone else deals with. Even if you have a big group and they all actually love Jesus. You probably aren’t winning. What? Joshua, why are you hating the youth pastors. Glad you asked.
I’m a youth pastor.
3 years ago, our church didn’t have a youth ministry. My wife and I were asked to start one. So we did. It grew too. Our church is a bit smaller, yet we ended up having 3 small groups and 40 kids at the biggest event we did. That’s actually pretty good comparatively. It’s also a problem for me. Why? Context, it’s all context.
Let’s talk numbers.
Continue reading “Youth Ministry Isn’t Winning – Part 1”
I hear a lot
about this pastor, or that pastor. I see a lot of people running around from church to church with preset expectations about what preaching should look like in a church based on the awesome pastor they’ve been listening to. It’s interesting. Before we go any further with this..
Let’s talk about basketball
Arguably the most prolific player in the sport, he took the NBA by storm. 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.3 apg, 50% shooting, 33% three-point shooting. All that, and the media ate it up when he changed teams.
LeBron? No Continue reading “The thing about celebrity pastors”
There’s a concept in Christianity called Trinity. Small word, big idea.
What is trinity?
Glad you asked. First used by ancient church father Tertullian. It’s short way of saying a lot of biblical truth.
The Westminster Confession of Faith summarizes: Continue reading “The Trinity – Part 1”
I work for an organization that is values driven.
You may have some ideas of what that means already, so I’ll explain a bit to avoid any confusion. You see, we aren’t a not-for-profit organization. We’re a for profit business. “OK, so your’ value is making money?” No, not so much. I mean, we’re certainly profitable and we need to make money in order to keep doing what we do. While at the same, that’s not our highest value. “Values Driven” means Continue reading “Values – In Work”
Penal Substitutionary Atonement.
It’s a big phrase. To make it simple, it really means we were traded. We were slaves who were traded for a free person. It’s the foundation for a non-works based belief of our status with God. The Christian would say that Jesus lived a sinless life and traded it for our sinful life. Some good verses of reference are: 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Galatians 3:13
Let’s break it down word by word to make it clearer.
Prescribing the punishment of offenders under the legal system. In other words: Continue reading “Penal-Substitution”
My wife and I have this discussion about once a week. No, it’s not about finances. Hold on, I’ll come back to it.
I used to be really messy.
When I was a teenager my room would be a mess. Clothes all over there floor, bed not made, you get the idea. Standard Teenager. Then I got into college, and
Continue reading “Values – In Family”
Did you know you’re a theologian? I did. So am I.
That’s not as special and rare as it sounds. The reality is that everyone is a theologian. Everyone has a belief about God. Continue reading “Everyone is a Theologian”
Every week, I lead a small group of teenagers at a bible study. Every week I start with the same questions. Keep that in mind, we’ll come back.
I was a part of a small group of college students. From that small group, a church grew up. One of the first things we did was talk about what we wanted to see out of this group and then search through Continue reading “Values – In Church”