The van-ride home from a retreat or trip alternates between chaos and peace as kids relive highlights from the week.…
Originally posted at The Cost, The Joy By my third year in youth ministry, everything seemed flat. My church was not…
We’ve read all of the teaching books out there, and I’m thankful that Josh and Kurt brought us to Jesus at the beginning of the year. This is so key, because Jesus can get lost amidst methods, programming, and structure. In Ephesians 5 and Philippians 2, Paul writes that our mind-set should be the same as Jesus. He is our ultimate example. Here are some additional thoughts on Jesus as mentor.
Movies, Music, and Commercials
When Jesus sat down with his followers across from the temple, he called their attention to the seemingly mundane to share the good news and expectations of God. For me, following the mind-set of Jesus means I can use Coke Zero’s “And…” commercial to talk about how we are never quite satisfied with what we’ve been given. Yeah…I like that commercial.
NEW lessons on FRIENDSHIPS, PARENTS, SELF IMAGE, and IDENTITY!
The 500, 72, 12, 3, and 1
No matter how small your group’s size, it’s difficult to connect and deeply disciple more than a handful. Jesus had different relationships with different people. His inner circle was comprised of three: Peter, James and John. Then, he had John.
In student ministry, a huge win is to have your leaders understand Jesus’ relational model and live it out. Some of “my” 12 would be another leader’s 3. Some of their 72 might be in “my” 12. It makes connecting with individuals easier and creates community and inclusion for all of your students.