Game Plan: Having a successful year of serving!

So you are a volunteer, serving in student ministry. Here are some very practical ways to have a successful experience.

 

Who: do we serve… [Jesus & Others]
Game Plan: Building your personal relationship with Jesus
* praying for God to give you His Spirit, His desires, His eyes
* spending time reading His Word, Knowing Him through scripture
* talking about Him with older adults and ministry partners

Game Plan: The Individuals In your ministry… (Middle schoolers, parents, team members)
* through Christ like kindness
* through showing care
* one person at a time

How: do we serve… Relationships = Christ centered mentoring relationships
Game Plan: friendship with a purpose: Being there when they (finally) have “Jesus Questions”

Barriers that prevent us from “being there” when they finally build trust and need our help to point them to Jesus:
* drama
* learning their names
* showing them we care
* they don’t seem to care that we care
* they think we are weird
* trustworthiness

Overcoming:
* remembering who we serve
* not taking “insults” personally
* continuing to purse the relationship
* prayer
* teamwork: get other students to help you build your family in your team & small group

Why: do we do this…
Focus: You are His Plan A
Nobody else has stepped up to stand in the Gap and show Christ love to our students like you have, yet… He chose YOU, even with your flaws and some of you with your awkwardness and funny spells… Your Plan A to reaching out and showing His love to the students at WCH.

Focus: The Next Generation Needs You
When you think about building a Christ centered relationship with a student at our church don’t think of it as a small thing… The relationships you make have the power through Christ to change futures and generations, as we are where God has called us to be to bring His Hope to this generation…

What Does Success Look Like: Being apart of God’s Plan to draw students close to His heart… 

 

 

 

 

* This content was presented at WCH: Pinnacle Leadership Event 2014

Reality Check for the Most Important Relationship of Your Life!

New Year Prayer Guide

1. Adoration: Praising God for who He is

Read & Reflect:
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:1, 2, 4, 5, 8 NLT)

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. (Psalms 46:1 NLT)

Pray that God would give you a greater understanding of His Word.
Pray for God to place a desire in your heart to know Him and be known by Him
Pray that you may better realize how much God loves you and what He has done for you.

2. Confession: Releasing to God your sins
Read & Reflect:

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. (1 John 1:8-10 NLT)

People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. (Proverbs 28:13 NLT)

Talk to God about the sins you have knowingly committed this weekend.
Talk to God about any sins you find yourself repeating.
Talk to God about any relationships that have been broken because of sin… (Gossip, lies, unforgiveness)

3. Thanksgiving: Thank God for all He has done.
Reflect on these verses:

Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. (Hebrews 12:28 NLT)

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6, 7 NLT)

List 10 blessings in your life, pray and thank God for them.
Pray that Jesus would help you to have a more thankful heart in 2014 than 2013.
Pray and Thank God for His Son and life we have because of His Life, Death & Resurrection.

4. Supplication: Asking, making requests to God

Read & Reflect:
Take delight in the Lord , and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalms 37:4 NLT)

Give your burdens to the Lord , and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. (Psalms 55:22 NLT)

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)

Pray for boldness to have great conversations with God this year, talking to Him like a best friend.
Pray for any requests you may have.
Pray for Jesus give you hope for the new year and a glimpse of how He wants to grow in you and move through you!

Write a Letter To God:
Hide the Letter and find it in July. (We gather the letters and mail them out in July)

Step #1: Write about your current relationship with God. Think about God as a friend, Would you say you are close friends or distant? Write about why you think that.

Step #2: Write about the relationship with God you want to have. Are there areas you need to grow in? Are there areas of your life you have not fully surrendered to Him? Write about how you want the relationship to be at the end of 2014.

Step #3: Write out a few easy action steps that will help you move in the direction of where you want your relationship with God to be. Write out an action plan.

*If you are brave, write out on a separate sheet of paper & share your action plan with a trusted friend and pray for them throughout this year!

Wrestling with Dad…

The other day Joel, our three year old, wanted to wrestle.
This is pretty normal he loves it… He can’t get enough… There is one problem…

He always looses…

Every time…
I win ALL wrestling matches ever….

But the other day I realized something, I might win every time….

That does not stop him from wrestling just as hard the next time….
No matter how quickly he lost, he gets up thinking “this could be the time that I win”…
He doesn’t look at his past failures, his miserable losses, he thinks he can win… Every time we face off..

Wrestling with dad is teaching Joel endurance and the courage to get up and try again…

What if we all lived like that, so stubborn, so naive to our past, so excited about the future… So quick to jump back in give it another chance.

As his dad I know, with every wrestling match, he gets stronger… It really is only a matter or time before he beats me…

Because…. He did not give up when he lost…

To be encouraged by Gods Word,
Check out: Luke 18:1-8

Pastor Appreciation Month Request:

October is pastor appreciation month…

Normally I would just pretend like it’s another month and not bring any attention to the whole pastor appreciation thing…

To be honest… This is kinda awkward…
It’s easier and requires more pride not to make the request…
My Pride says: Ignore this opportunity and just play it cool…

The Bible says pride is terrible… So here goes…

I only have one request… It’s really easy…

All I ask is this….

Please pray for me…

I can do nothing effective if God is not doing it…

But on behalf of pastors everywhere…

Pray for us:-) We are human too…
We are Husbands, Dads, Friends…
Unless your a female pastor then your a Wife & Mom 🙂
We hurt and some even cry…
We walk with people through the highest joys and some of the lowest lows…
We need prayer support…

If your not sure what to pray I was reading this passage today, it seems like a pretty good guide…

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you. May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 NLT)

Thank you for your partnership in His ministry as you pray for me and the pastors who are preaching Jesus!!!

What Is A “Good Dad” Anyways…..

I was talking to my friend today and he made a comment. I have heard this comment before and I honestly do enjoy hearing it… I think most dads want to hear it…. He said “Your a “Good” dad…. Some don’t know where to start to be a “good” dad…

Well on my way home from his house I began to ask, what makes a dad “Good”… What makes a dad “Bad”…. So I made a short list… Here it is:

1. The kids know that their dad loves their mom. NOW before you go and get all upset single dads…. Single dads it matters how you treat your “ex-wife”… She birthed your kids, there are more ways than physical to show your kids you love their mom. But this is important because your kids need a solid support system, and parents you ARE the CORE of that system….

2. You Fall Forward… This is a John Maxwell illustration, the idea is this, Dads you know that your going to make mistakes as a Husband and as a Father… But make them as you are being intentional in your relationships. Here is an example, I love to take my kids grocery shopping, its a blast… I run up and down the isles and I chase Joel behind the displays…. I really make the most of my time at store/playground while buying groceries…. Some people don’t like that… Some people won’t like anything you do because nobody took the time to care about them when they were a kid, its in there defense system to be mean… So I am in the checkout line and this is something I do a lot… I take Joel and I throw him down on the checkout belt and he rides toward the cashier… Well someone took a pretty big offense to that and they yelled at me… Of course this idea of falling forward must be tamed, but the principle is the same, don’t sit back and wait for life to pass you by… Make mistakes… Do it in a way that people notice your trying to be a better parent…

3. You Have FUN TOGETHER… Just because you don’t remember what is like to be 4 years old, doesn’t mean you have to ruin it for your kids too… Be reminded of how much fun it is to be young… You wont feel old after awhile… Just a warning… You probably don’t move like you used too.. You probably will feel it in the morning…

4. BEING CURIOUS… Ever wonder why kids ask so many questions… Me either it can be annoying… lol… Just kidding.. But your kids are learning SOO MUCH because they are not afraid to ask the most important question ever: WHY?!?! As many times as they ask you, WHY… YOU ASK THEM… Its fun and it their view on the world is often refreshing!!!

5. Your kids know you love them…. Again Love its about physical touch… Its a billion times more than just words…. You cant throw gifts at kids and expect them to know you love them… They will know you love them when you value them enough to spend time with them… There is no way around that… Time=Love….. You cant make enough money to by them happiness… Happiness comes through security and security comes through relationship which is only possible when you spend time together… And when you spend time together with your kid(s) they will know you love them…

Those are the quick five that I came up with… What about you? What would you say is a quality of a “Good” dad???

OH YEAH…. What makes a “bad” dad…selfishness & Knowing what your suppose to do and doing nothing….Or acting like any of the dads you see on “Comedy” TV Shows…

ALL THINGS NEW: IDENTITY IN CHRIST

IN CHRIST YOU ARE ACCEPTED:

John 1:12 – I am Gods’s child.

John 15:15 – I am Jesus Friend.

1 Corinthians 6:20 – I have been bought with a price. I belong to God.

1 Corinthians 12:27 – I am a member of Christ’s Body.

Ephesians 1:1 – I am a Saint.

Ephesians 1:5 – I have been adopted as God’s child.

Ephesians 2:18 – I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 1:14 – I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.

Colossians 2:10 – I am complete in Christ.

I Am Assured (Confident)

Romans 8:1,2 – I am free from condemnation.

Romans 8:28 – I am assured that All things work together for the good.

Romans 8:35-39 – I cannot be separated from the love of God.

Philippians 1:6 – I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected.

Philippians 3:20 – I am a citizen of Heaven.

2 Timothy 1:7 – I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.

Hebrews 4:16 – I can find Grace and Mercy in time of need.

1 John 5:18 – I am Born of God and the Evil one cannot touch me.

I am Significant

John 15:16 – I have been choosen and appointed to bear fruit.

Acts 1:8 – I am a personal witness of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:16 – I am Gods temple.

2 Corinthians 6:1 – I am Gods coworker.

Ephesians 2:10 – I am Gods workmanship.

Ephesians 3:12 – I may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

* This list was taken from Victory over the Darkness by Neil T. Anderson

Be A Learner Not A Loser….

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When I think of people in power, I think of senators and congressmen who have “Arrived”. They have spent their whole life reaching for the goal of one day being in office. Being in Power…

Once this position has been reached often it would seem, they switch, no longer is there the unknown that drives them but rather the drive becomes a position of maintaining…. J.O.B. Protection…

I don’t claim to know much about politics and to be honest this really isn’t about politics… Its about LeaRNership…

Because as I was processing ideas above, I wondered this question….

I wonder if the congressmen and women and government leaders, even the president… I wonder what if anything they do to brush up on their LEADERSHIP Skills…

After all they are the ones God has placed in Leadership over us…
We go where they lead…

How does this apply to all of us…. First acknowledge: We all lead somebody…
Have you arrived? I believe “Arriving” is more of a mind game than positional.
How are you LEARNING as you are LEADING….

This is huge because I have heard it said and I believe… If you are a leader and not a learner you will become a loser… We lose leadership when we failed to learn…