Sorry this is a day late. Earlier this week I was in Loveland, Colorado the home of Group Publishing. I'm a member of their Inside Track Team, a group of youth ministers and workers from all over the country. We met to do some planning for next year's Simply Youth Ministry Conference; it's really going to be an excellent time of study and relationships. We're planning on taking 3 of our youth workers along with us.
Like last week, this has been a good one.
We began our study of the Gospel of John in the Bible's New Testament this past Sunday. The conversation was decent. Would you encourage your students to read John 2 and paraphrase it before Sunday morning?
Senior High Youth Group
We discussed chapter 4 of Francis Chan's Crazy Love book. This was a very tough discussion. Up until this chapter, the book has been about God's amazing love for us, so amazing that he would send Jesus to fix the relationship between us and him. Chapter 4 changes it, once we know that God loves us...what is our response? Often, it is lukewarm and unexciting. A lukewarm love of God is no love at all. And...some of our students simply don't love Jesus, it's just the reality. This has left many of these students fearful and filled with doubt, and the hearts of our youth workers are heavy. Please join us in prayer for all of our students, this study does not get any easier as we progress. We'll be discussing chapter 5 this coming Sunday.
Middle School Youth Group
Wednesday night a study on David and Bathsheba. According to one of our youth workers, "the kids seemed pretty shocked at the point in the story when their son died and how that was his consequence for his sin." We are still having some issues with kids over the way they disrespect one another. We'll be covering this specifically next week. The Bible reading for next week is Mark 10:17-27.
How you can help us help you
As you can see from above, at each weekly activity, we are asking the kids to do some sort of preparation, it might be reading, paraphrasing, doing a take-home sheet, or whatever. We are working hard to equip you to minister to your own kids. As a parent, this is truly one of the hardest things to do. If you're like me, you feel inadequate (I do...and I'm a minister!). We're trying to give out simple tools and things that you can do as a family. Regardless of what we may think, polls continue to state that parents are the most important influence on the faith of kids. If there are other things that we can help, please let us know. You can call me at 319-393-9570, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or...better yet, attend our upcoming "Second Wednesday" on Wednesday night, October 13 at Eastview. It's an event just for parents and grandparents, we'll be talking specifically about building meaningful relationships with our kids. W'll be hanging out from 6-8pm. Would you join us?