Protect (t)his House: Resource list for parents

Here is a list that was compiled by one of our preaching team members, These sites are to be used to challenge and engage your mind as you talk with your child about sex, purity, relationships, coodies….

If you have a “Go To” site that will help other parents that is not listed below please comment below with the link!

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1. This link is about the Biblical guidelines for dating:

http://christiananswers.net/q-dml/dml-y006.html

2. This link is about a small group curriculum and powerful movement (The testimony videos are AWESOME): http://m.lifeway.com/n/Product-Family/True-Love-Waits

3. Some more guidelines for dating: http://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Jan/28/guidelines-sexual-purity/

4. A heart felt post about purity from the perspective of a youth pastor:

http://www.thechurchofnopeople.com/2013/02/what-i-wish-i-had-told-my-youth-group-about-purity/

5. This is a drama… about purity… I dare you parents to do this for your kids and video tape it… (and go through the questions together (not video taped) if you video tape it and send it to me… your kid will go to one event for free this year…

http://www.thesource4ym.com/outreach/topic.aspx?ID=138

6. This will help you develop your theology (Though process) for Purity:

http://www.simplyyouthministry.com/jim-s-thoughts-49.html

7. This is a “No holds-bar” document that gives biblical responses to almost everything surrounding this topic:

http://ds.bgco.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-2669/Biblical%20Responses%20to%20the%20Questions%20Youth%20Ask%20About%20Sexual%20Purity.pdf

8: This offers 10 great ways to practice purity and would be a great list to run down with your kids!

http://t.co/1BqizbZt9H

9: Stop by the Family Resource Center in the Fellowship Mall at The Wesleyan Church of Hamburg to see other parenting resources.

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Churchie Talk…

If what I say about my relationship with Jesus is what I believe about Him…
I don’t have to use “over spiritual” words to describe it…

Jesus is my Daddy… We hang out together, when He is with me I am fearless… When He is with me I have peace… When we are apart, I feel that, it sucks but I know He didn’t leave, I was to busy or to stubborn to spend time with my Daddy… He gives me little reminders throughout my day that He wants to connect, reconnecting with Dad is the best:-) I never want to leave His side…

Even if i don’t feel it right now, I am incredibly loved by my Dad…

It is my desire to be more real, more authentic, in how I describe my relationship with Jesus this year… After all “churchie words” are not the end result of a relationship with Jesus…

The end result of a relationship with Jesus is: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, self control, kindness, goodness and faithfulness…

I want to have a relationship with Jesus people can notice and I can describe without needing a Christianity 101 class… I want to live loved…

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!!!

3 Tips to Volunteer Effectively in Student Ministry!!!

1. Keep The First Things First

This is very important, Chances are if you are in youth ministry, you are in because you are full of energy and love to have fun and in some ways we have not fully grown up yet (thankfully). But the down side to those things is that often we get distracted and side tracked very quickly.  Volunteering as you know is not a paid position in the church. But volunteers are one of the most important privileges you can have because of the direct INFLUENCE you have on others. With your influence you are showing, teaching, modeling what Following Jesus looks like and the difference He makes in our lives. Keeping the first things first is all about your relationship with Jesus, allowing Him to work in YOUR HEART as you point students to Him. Are you spending time in God’s Word? Are you growing? What advice would you give to a student who was living your life? Keeping the First Things First means that everything we do, we do for Jesus because He gave to us! We must live lives that honor God.

2. Be A Leader Before You Are A Friend

This one is simple: The students, they have enough friends, they don’t need another friend. What students really need is people who can guide them and lead them to make wise choices with their lives. They need adults who are willing to speak truth into their lives because they have been down that road before. If you remember back to when you were a teenager, the people you RESPECTED were the most fun. The adults who tried to act like teenagers were the ones you laughed at… Its a tention but it is very important to be a leader before you are their friend. Being a leader first eventually the relationship will turn into a friendship, but a relationship born out of friendship will be a challenge to turn toward leadership.

3. Make The Most Of The Time

The youth pastor can’t make you connect with students, the students can’t make you have fun. Students feed of the energy of their leaders. If you are excited to learn and excited to be there, they will follow your lead. They are desiring for YOU to be involved and show them why you signed up to be apart of the student ministry! When students see leaders only talking to other leaders they feel devalued. I remember feeling that way when I was a student… Its not fun…  If you signed up because you want to serve God through student ministry then make the most of your time and talk with the students!!! Before and after the youth group time is when volunteers meet and hang out. During the program it can not be stressed enough, remember why you signed up (FOR THE STUDENTS) and be intentional to be with them! The students want to talk to you, maybe not all of them… BUT most do!!!

I hope this is encouraging to you as you volunteer in student ministry wherever you are in the world! Working with students is one of the greatest responsibilities in world because it effects the rest of their lives and eternity!!! Incase nobody else has said it… THANK YOU FOR SERVING THE LORD THROUGH LOVING HIS TEENAGERS!

Thank you for stopping by!!!

-Tom