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Some thoughts from a recent staff meeting on what it costs to be a leader/teacher…

Study                                Self Discipline
Time                                 Representative of the Church
Energy                             Servant 
Relationships               Fellowship       
Family                             Sacrifice     
$                                        Devotion        
Emotional                     Mess of Ministry      
Physical                         Failure 
Risk                                 Pressure to Perform 
Inspected Integrity

Leaders, thanks for WHO you are and WHAT you do!!

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Years ago I read Doug Fields book Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry. If you’ve never read it and you’re new to youth ministry, get a copy. I require it as reading for our interns in our ministry because it’s filled with practical advice for new youth pastors. One of my takeaways was what Fields calls The Encouragement File. Fields urges youth pastors to create a file with notes, letters, emails, and cards of encouragement that can be referred to down the road when discouragement comes…and it will.

I received one of those encouraging notes last night after Epicenter from a student by way of a facebook message. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m confident last night won’t be the only time I’ll need to read it again either. I’ve filed it under…Encouragement.

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Thank You Volunteers!

Matt Lawson —  December 15, 2009 — 5 Comments

We have the greatest group of volunteers on the planet at First Baptist Woodstock. Here’s a video I shot today from the video camera you gave Laura and I this past Friday at our Christmas party!