General Ministry
Josh Griffin

Weekend Teaching Series: You Own the Weekend: Trabuco Hills High School (Week 1 of 3)
Sermon Title: We Come in Peace
Sermon in a Sentence: God gives us peace no matter what we face in life – divorce, death and … finals.

Key Verse: Mark 5:34-43 Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter

Weekend Scale of Difficulty: 6 out of 10
Attendance: up 13% from last weekend, up 79% from same weekend last year
Service Length: 66 minutes

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Understandable Message: The talk was divided into three parts – a sophomore girl from Trabuco opened up the talk with some humor and funny pictures, then taught 5 ways to find peace in the midst of real-life. A senior guy from Trabuco then got up and taught the story of Jesus where he heals Jairus’ daughter and how God brings peace and healing in times of trouble. Then a senior girl got up at the end to talk about her life and how God brought her peace after the death of a close friend. More talking than usual, but a great chance to hear students talking to students. At the end, students received a friendship bracelet to remind them of God’s peace.

Volunteer/Student Involvement: Students did everything! Students ran the lights, cameras, music, announcements, shot/edited video, ran the control room, greeted. Amazing display of what students are capable of when given a chance.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: The band opened up with a super strong power-ballad version of Trabuco Hill’s alma mater – that eventually built into a great rock song at the end. It was hilarious, complete with 2 fully-costumed Mustang mascots, flag waving, cheerleaders and streamers.

Music Playlist: We Are Trabuco Hills (cover song opener), Take It All, Thank You, It Is Well With My Soul, Came to My Rescue

Favorite Moment: Lots of great moments – my favorite was the realization that the students didn’t just plan the weekend, they worked hard to bring their friends to the services as well. From wearing T-Shirts all week to personal invites, the place was packed and was a blast.

Next up: You Own the Weekend – El Toro High School (week 2 of 3)

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  • Josh Byers says:

    What is up with the blatant logo ripoff???

  • Bryan says:

    this is so cool… I am a volunteer for our youth group and frequently think and comment that we are missing the bus on student participation… Basically they attend and that is it.. We are light years away from something like this, but it sure is neat to see someone doing it…


  • josh says:

    Bryan —

    As someone who is on the HSM team now but came from a smaller church before … it’s all about baby steps. The only reason we were able to pull this weekend off Saturday is because we’ve been working for months (or years) on training students to lead worship, run our cameras, etc. Also, we’ve been putting some energy into student leadership, so we had a ready-to-go pool of students to pull from. All of the planning/implementing was done by them.

    I guess what I’m saying is that doing a weekend like this starts with a volunteer like yourself saying something like “I could train/organize a student-led worship band together.” There’s a good chance that the lead youth guy will jump at the chance for a volunteer to do something like this. And once that happens … students leading out is contagious and builds momentum.

    And it also never stops. We have SO far to go. After this weekend we were looking at several things and thinking “man, we really wish students were more empowered/trained to do ____”.

    I guess what I’m saying is … be encouraged. We’re all figuring this out together, and it starts small. Let me know if there’s anything we can do to help.


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