youth ministry

Here is a great article…

RETHINKING YOUTH MINISTRY: They Won’t Bite….Most Likely!

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Using cliques to my advantage for small groups

Wow…this is a good way to perceive and respond to cliques.


This is worth watching – funny stuff. I can relate to a lot of it.

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Excerpt from Article:

Chastity is something you do; it is something you practice. It is not only a state—the state of being chaste—but a disciplined, active undertaking that we do as part of the body. It is not the mere absence of sex but an active conforming of one’s body to the arc of the gospel.

This was so good…I am blogging it…read on…especially as we move towards Ephesians 5 in the youth group – which deals directly with sexual immorality.

Sex in the Body of Christ
Chastity is a spiritual discipline for the whole church.
by Lauren F. Winner

A word like chastity can set our teeth on edge. It is one of those unabashedly churchy words. It is a word the church uses to call Christians to do something hard, something unpopular.



When I grow up I want to…

be a star…

be a wife…

be a firefighter…


I write as I am at the director’s retreat at Camp Crestview.

I have been asked to direct the Mt. Hood district high school camp this summer. While Evergreen is not a part of the Mt. Hood district, this is the district camp that we attended last year.

I am thrilled about the potential that exists for our students to have another opportunity to grow in relationship with the Lord.

Dates: July 13-17

Theme: “Roots.”

…they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.

Lets begin making plans for our students to be there.

I know that life is busy. I know that people have a lot to do. I know that I am busy. I know that I have a lot to do.

Each of us, however, have the opporunity to surrender our agendas every day to Jesus. We have the right to lay them before his feet and ask him to guide us into the right decision. We have the option, the chance, the ability, etc. for the important things in life to make it to the top of our “to-do” list.

Winter Retreat is something that should hit the top of our Student’s “To-Do” list. They are busy to be sure. They are over-commited…they have things to do and places to be at and a whole bunch of life just waiting to be experienced.

But, what is life if it is not experienced with Jesus at the helm, the lead? What is life if we don’t make room for him? What is life if we don’t respond to opportunities given for him to speak timeless truths into our lives? What is life if we don’t make room for the life-giver?

We are not headed out on another fun trip! We are giving parents an excuse to get rid of their messy, smelly, noisy teenagers for a weekend!

Instead, we leave to search for God. We leave to find his voice, to listen to his whisper, to recieve more of him in our lives.

Let us Go! Let us Retreat! And let us allow God to Re-Create us. Into his image…so that we reflect more of him in our lives.

See you at Winter Retreat.

Don’t miss it.

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