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As part of our “Best Summer Ever” series over the summer, we held a DIY Paint War. We had a great turn out and had a lot of fun.

How we made the Paint:

We mixed 1 pound corn starch (about a $1 a pound at Sam’s Club) to 1 pound powdered tempera paint (Colorations brand from discountschoolsupply.com)

How we made it work:

Our event was America themed, so we only used red and blue. We put about a half a pound of each color in Ziploc bags, with the plan to give everyone a half a pound of each color. We had our students divided into 4 teams. We created a square on the field and had one team with red face a team with blue (the other 2 teams watched). Then the other two teams faced each other. The third round was all four teams against each other. We had enough paint to do a fourth round as well. Doing it in rounds ensured that the war wasn’t over in 30 seconds. We passed out paint to everyone before the rounds.

Our leaders had squirt bottles (similar to ketchup bottles) that held 1 pound of paint. They participated by squirting everyone and the bottles worked great.

At the end we had a ladder out and had a hose that was misting water… it allowed the paint to become more vibrant and for the students to clean up a bit.

Here’s a video:
http://youtu.be/fsrkJs9UmFc

 

 

Mar
09

I have been reading Grace by Max Lucado and I quickly fell in love with it. I am still not finished, but it didn’t take long for the book to leave an impact with me. Chapter 2 is awesome and it illustrates John 8 very well. This is the story where we hear the famous words of Jesus, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

Last Wednesday night we had a night of worship and prayer. I told Denille that I wanted to read an excerpt from the book. I read it to her and immediately she said, “I would love to read that.” So she did. And it was amazing. Not only did she do this, she lead our group in a night of worship, a total of 11 songs. I love doing ministry with her!

Denille Reading Grace:

I don’t pretend to have all the answers or do everything correctly (I don’t think anyone can do that). But we have had some success with a little focus.

“The shorter way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.” – Mozart


It’s easy to try and do too much too soon. When I first started at my church, we had just a hand full of students. If we would have tried to do everything we do now back then, we would have failed.

That first year we focused on relationships. Relationships are always important. And that’s all we had at the start. The goal was: focus on the student and get to know them. Then encourage them to invite. We didn’t have much, including music, but we created an environment where it was obvious that our adults cared about our students. After year one, we outgrew our space and had the opportunity to move our service into the main auditorium. More people, more space, and more resources opened the door for music.

The second year we focused on music. Well my wife did. She’s the musician. But we really emphasized worship and the importance of it. It was our focus. We gained more momentum as a ministry.

The third year we focused on serving. Inside and outside the ministry. We trained students to run sound, run computers, created teams to set up and take down. We wanted to create ownership. We wanted to have a student run service. It was so successful that it spilled over onto Sunday mornings. Outside of the church, we became more involved with serving in our community. We stayed focus and made progress.

The fourth year we focused on small groups. We had dabbled in small groups before, but never made it a focus. In our fourth year, it was obvious that we needed to now break up our large group.

In this fifth year, we have focused on system. We have created a schedule that is allowing us to cater to middle school and high school separately while still having our worship time together and small groups.  This system has keep us on schedule and has more adults and students serving than before.

This focus has helped our progress. Nothing is perfect, but each year we have built on the momentum we have had from the year before. Don’t force it if it’s not going to be successful. Focus on one thing, get it right (or close), and move onto the next thing. It’s important to have the momentum before you create the moment.

Relationships. Relationships. Relationships.

Forget reading, writing, and arithmetic… relationships are key, and it starts with your relationship with Christ.

Your Relationship With Jesus

If Jesus isn’t famous in your life, then He won’t be famous in the lives of the ones your are reaching. Pretty simple. Your relationship with Jesus is the example.

Faith is more than just believing… Faith is more than just a relationship… James 2:17 tells us that faith without works is dead… so…   Faith not only prays, it pursues. Are you pursuing Jesus? Before you can have a great relationship with others… you need to have a great relationship with Jesus. Love God, then love others.

Your Relationship with Students

You will cease to have an impact if don’t have a relationship with the people you are trying to reach. How can you relate if you don’t relate? Getting to know your students is the most important thing for your relationship, and your impact. Do they live with both parents? Do they have any siblings? Are they the oldest, youngest? Do they have a boyfriend or girlfriend? What is their home life like? Do they get along with their parents?

The more you know about them, the more you can converse about their situation, familiarize yourself with them, and show Jesus to them.

They better they know you, the greater the impact. Do they see how you treat your children? Do they see how you treat your spouse? Do they see how you process decisions? You are the example. Get out there and get to know your students and allow them to get to know you.

Your Relationship with Family

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her
Ephesians 5:25

Don’t forget your spouse. Your relationship with your spouse should be an example of Christ. Your students might not have the best example at home. Some might come from a single parent home, and you and your spouse are the only time they see the example of marriage.

Your family should be your number one ministry priority. Not having a genuine Christ-centered relationship with your spouse and children will eventually surface. Ephesians 5:25 doesn’t say love the church just as Christ did. It says love your wives, just as Christ loved the church.

A great relationship with the Lord will translate into great relationships with people. Great relationships set the Christ-like example in the eyes of your students or anyone you are trying to reach.