If you’ve missed the series, you can watch at vimeo.com/woodstockstudents.
Here is the article titled, On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ, published by the Journal of American Medical Association dated March 21, 1986.
Recently I was asked the following five questions about the next generation and the church. The questions are very relevant and so I thought I would share my brief answers from my perspective.
1) Do you believe the average church in America is successful at engaging younger generations? (Why or why not)
I do not.
I believe it is a leadership issue in most churches. Churches must fight to get younger and lead from a younger perspective. I don’t think this happens effectively in very many places. As leadership ages, so does the approach and ministry model. (fwiw…I do not think this is the case at First Baptist Woodstock)
2) What are the greatest barriers of the church in reaching and discipling postmodern younger generations?
Difficult question. Not entirely sure if there is a clear answer to this. Certainly the view of the church by younger generations is an obstacle. The loss of truth is another. The relevancy of the church is an issue. The disintegration of the home and the passing of faith from previous generations has been disastrous.
3) What do you find personally is the greatest challenge in making disciples of younger generations?
In student ministry, it’s a lack of parental discipleship and partnership.
4) What do you feel is their greatest potential to offer the church?
Everything. The world is flat and this is a change/cause generation that could fulfill Matthew 24 if they could be equipped, motivated, and released.
5) What do you wish younger generations understood about Christianity / the Church?
Jesus is better than…(Hebrews)
Stats below are from Johnny Derouen’s session at Metro Conference last week.
SESSION TITLE: Influencing Our Families
70% of Pastors constantly fight depression
Almost 40% polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since the beginning of their ministry
80% of adult children of pastors surveyed have had to seek professional help for depression
MINISTERS PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
70% of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor
95% of pastors do not regularly pray with their spouses
80% of pastors surveyed spend less than fifteen minutes a day in prayer
70% said the only time they spend time studying the word is when they are preparing their sermons
1500 pastors leave the ministry due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches
For every new church that opens, two close their doors
50% of pastors marriages will end in divorce directly in line with the national average
80% of pastors feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as a leader
50% of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living
80% of seminary and bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
85% of pastors said their greatest problem is they are sick and tired of dealing with the problem people, such as disgruntled elders, deacons, worship leaders, worship teams, board members, and associate pastors
70% of pastors feel grossly underpaid
90% said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be before they entered the ministry
70% felt God called them to pastoral ministry before their ministry began, but after three years of ministry, only 50% still felt called
FOR PASTORS WIVES
80% of pastors spouses feel their spouse is overworked
80% of pastors wives feel left out and under appreciated by the church members
80% of pastors spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession
80% of pastors wives feel pressured to do things and something in the church that they are really not
The majority, over 50%, of pastors wives surveyed said the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered ministry
No this isn’t a promotion or giveaway for the latest conference. You probably wouldn’t win anyway. Who ever does?!?
Are you in a budget crunch and don’t have money for conferences? Or maybe you just don’t have time to get away from the office or the family for a week?
Well, you’re not alone and the facts of the matter are that you don’t have to be jealous over the youth pastor down the street who does get to go. In fact, you may be able to attend a better conference than him even without budget and conference time.
You can host your own conference, glean from some great wisdom givers, and not spend a dime or travel to do it.
How? Follow the 5 steps below to host and attend the best conference offered all year.
1. Set aside three days in the near future to work “at home.”
It’s important to get out of the office and away from what’s familiar. That’s one of the reasons conferences are so valuable. You can think outside of the normal pressures of day to day ministry.
2. Write down 10-15 of the sharpest guys you know
Seriously, write down your top 10-15 regardless of whether you think they will give you the time of day or not. You’ll be surprised as to how many will say yes that you thought will say no. Even if they can’t say yes to your preferred dates, if they are worth their leadership notoriety, they will at least have an avenue of leadership offering whether that’s book, webinar, blog, training cd/dvd, etc.
3. Write down 5-7 topics that are most pressing to you currently along with questions
Make a list of topics you would want at a conference. Write down 3-5 questions with each topic you’d want to ask if you had Q&A time with a conference presenter on that topic.
4. Call your list and ask for 30-45 minutes of their time on your specified days
Be flexible with times but ask if they are available on the days you have set aside. I would work at least 1 month out. As times begin to get filled in, offer time slots you have available during those 2-3 days you have set aside. The more specific you can get with busy leaders, the better chance you will have to get them on your “at-home conference” schedule. If you know a specific leader is more qualified in a specific area, tell their assistant you want to talk with them about ______ (ie. “I’d like to discuss campus ministry strategies and how to get on campus”).
5. Budget “process time” in your schedule
At most conferences, you will get 4-8 sessions of training. This is a reasonable amount of training time to shoot for. If possible, try to budget 30 or so minutes after each call to process and re-write the main takeaways from your conversation. Try to take away at least one actionable thought from each conversation. Finally, budget time after all phone conversations have been completed to debrief with yourself, your team, or your staff.
Now that you haven’t spent a dime or travel day on conferences and your boss or Pastor is happy, head on over to Starbucks and pick me up a gift card for this advice !!
First Baptist Woodstock student ministry has four openings for a 1-2 year student ministry internship starting in late May – early summer 2013. This internship offers the opportunity to LEARN in a dynamic, healthy student ministry environment of 1000 students and then be LAUNCHED to a healthy student ministry position when you are done.
This internship has a track record of placing interns in significant student ministry positions after their time is complete. If you desire to learn and lead in a healthy setting before being launched into a full-time position, we want to talk to you.
The student ministry at First Baptist Woodstock desires to help raise the next generation of student ministry leaders and place them in significant ministry positions. We’re looking for those called to youth ministry who desire to spend 1-2 years in a dynamic, fast-pace, & growing student ministry environment of over 1000 students learning the fundamentals of student ministry and having significant opportunities to impact a generation of students hungry for Jesus!
We have launched the last three interns to healthy churches running 1000+. We have a track record of placing interns in very healthy environments when they are finished with our internship.
1.Demonstrated call to full-time student ministry
2.Commitment to future local church ministry
3.Agree to a 1-2 year commitment
4.College degree preferred
We currently have two female openings and two male openings for a late May – early summer start date. Applications due April 17.
“The Minister in Residence program helped shape, challenge and prepare me for a role in full-time student ministry. It opened my eyes to things I had never thought of before, and I’m extremely grateful for the time I spent in the program.” – Aaron Crawford, Student Pastor, Cross Church, Fayetteville, AR
“My internship at Woodstock allowed me the privilege to gain priceless hands-on ministry experience. I was given opportunities to dream, pray big prayers, and to plan ministry according to whatever God laid on my heart. My internship experience continues to greatly influence the way I do ministry everyday.” – Ashley Williamson, High School Minister, Pinelake Church, Brandon, MS
1.Monthly reading and discussion of books on personal growth, leadership, student ministry
2.Attend FBCW training conferences (Timothy-Barnabus, Go Forward Conference)
3.Attend Atlanta area ministry training conferences (Youth Specialties, Catalyst, etc)
4.Enroll in optional seminary classes
1.Monthly/bi-monthly one on one mentoring with student ministry staff
2.Monthly meetings with a different department each month
1.Responsibility for specific areas of ministry including but not limited to:
a. Campus ministry
b. Team chaplain
c. Campus ministry teams
d. Event planning and leadership
2. Lead Bible studies and Sunday School classes
Future Ministry Planning
1.Create a plan to train volunteer workers
2.Develop a philosophy of ministry
3.Understand missional vs attractional evangelism
If you have questions, please email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Internship pays $500 per month plus a host home.
Download the Intern Information and Application Packet
The blog here at Revolution Speaks has been silent for the last month or so as we’ve been preparing to launch StuminSidekick.com.
We’re beyond excited to announce that this week, Feb 25-28, 2013, is LAUNCH WEEK!! Resources are already flying out the door but we anticipate this week will be even crazier because of WE’RE GIVING AWAY OVER $1200 in FREE RESOURCES!!!
LAUNCH WEEK GIVEAWAYS!!
LAUNCH WEEK GETS EVEN BETTER…
For this ONE-WEEK only, a one-year subscription can be purchased for up to 40% off the regular price. Your subscription will give you full access for one year to all resources on the site, except the premium section. Oh yea…there’s only 20 available at the initial level. After that, price goes up for the next 200 subscribers this week.
To see how you can get a chance to win any of these resources or purchase a one-year subscription, check out our Launch Week page now.
Wondering how far in advance you have your message series planned out. If you’re wondering, ours are planned out through May 22, 2013.
HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT STUMIN SIDEKICK…DYNAMIC RESOURCES FOR HEROIC LEADERS! YOU CAN EVEN PICK UP A SERMON SERIES IF YOU’RE WONDERING WHAT YOU’RE PREACHING THIS WEEK!
Like the math class I was failing as a 9th grader, a new semester reminds me there’s always a fresh start! There are several relationships I want to renew in the coming year.
What’s important to you relationally this coming year?
Super big thanks to all who have voted! We’ll be glad when it’s over! We’d love to win but we don’t like blowing up Twitter/Facebook/email feeds asking you to vote! So…
Here’s the last chance! Voting ends at 11:59pm Thursday, December 27th. Would you vote for Matt? And maybe send it to a few friends and ask them to vote for Matt too? Appreciate ya!
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STUMIN SIDEKICK is helping change the way youth ministry is resourced. We believe the best stuff comes from those on the ground doing youth ministry every day. And we believe it should be accessible for almost any budget.
Every student ministry leader needs more help, more finances, more resources, more leaders, more budget and they need them NOW. There’s never enough. STUMIN SIDEKICK is just the help you need. It’s the nitty-gritty, highly affordable (and sometimes free for subscribers!) resource depot for everyday youth ministry.
But this is more than just any resource site. These are resources direct from the trenches of highly effective & growing youth ministries across the country. From sermon series to curriculum to retreats to postcards to t-shirt designs to pass out cards to posters to graphics and more, STUMIN SIDEKICK is dynamic resources for heroic leaders.
All resources are rebrandable, reprintable, customizable, and immediately available. Most resources are direct from a youth pastors hard drive to STUMIN SIDEKICK users.
STUMIN SIDEKICK is the partner who will:
This is one sidekick you can depend on. We’ll deliver what you need fast, cost effectively, and ground tested!
WANT TO BE A CONTRIBUTOR? STUMIN SIDEKICK is not the creation of one or even a few heroic youth pastors. This site is owned by heroes in churches running 20,000 to 20. Size doesn’t matter here. We know that there are youth pastors creating great content everywhere.
If you’d like to contribute to this site, email us and we’ll send you a contributors info pack! We’d love to feature your resources and pay you for them!
LAUNCH DATE: We are scheduled for a soft launch in early January and a full launch on February 4th.
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