I’ll be honest – the best part of the Simply conference are the relationships. The training is great, it’s a time of refreshment, our team grows with one another…but it’s also a time of ‘homecoming’ with a handful of ministry colleagues & friends from around the country that I very rarely get to see otherwise. I’m so grateful for these men that pour into me and take the time to know & encourage me.
We also got a free pizza tonight from a tanked restaraunt owner. It was actually really quality. Win.
I’m a little surprised we made it to Chicago from PA alive through the snow, but we did. It’s not that I didn’t totally trust pie van driver, but…no, that was it. Notable experieneces from Day 1 of the Simply Youth Ministry Conference –
:: Chicago deep dish pizza. Oh my dang
:: our hotel is a slice of Euro modern sweetness, even if it does lack a bathroom door
:: Duffy Robbins has a set of pipes
:: first worship band leading us is from a church I worked with in college on a mission trip to TN. Plus, the singer is like a white r&b James Taylor
:: catching up with the likes of Guy Wasko and Jimmy & Eileen Donaruma alone are worth the price of admission
:: parking garage parkour is highly underrated
Tonight @ FUSE* was an epic win for youth ministries everywhere – our custodian played dodgeball with us!
For. The. Win.
tonight was a time to just be with students. i have a book in my office called The Be With Factor, or something along those lines. i haven’t read it, but i get it. youth ministry is something that i love. i also really enjoy many of the ways that we do ministry in our city. tonight, though, was a night where the plan got thrown out the window in order to have an even better ministry time with students. in light of a very hard series of events that is impacting a large number of our students, tonight we tossed the game, mixer, music videos, lesson, questions – and prayed as a group for two brothers and their family & friends, and spent time together just being with students.
it’s pretty easy for us to get rid of crappy things to make way for good things. sometimes, though, we also need to say no to good things to make way for great things. no matter what we may have planned for something, i am certain that we will always miss out on something greater when we fail to follow the Holy Spirit and instead merely continue to relax in our own.
If all you want is a little Jesus to “spiritualize” your life, a little extra God to keep you out of hell, you are missing out on the fullness of life you were created for.
We fight against sin because it dishonors God, opposes Christ, grieves the Spirit & separates us from intimacy with our Lord
i could stand to read that every day. Matt is the Pastor of the Village Church is TX, and the kind of Christian husband, father, and leader i would hope to be like.