Tonight @ FUSE* was an epic win for youth ministries everywhere – our custodian played dodgeball with us!
For. The. Win.
in about an hour our team of 9 middle & high school leaders are taing off for Columbus, OH…enemy territory better believe there’s going to be some PSU blue & white flying high. wacth this blog for updates on everything NYMC for the next few days; it’s going to be a good one, this year.
anyone here also going to NYMC? if so, we need to connect while we’re out there – give a hollar in the comments…
last week for 5 days was our annual IMPACT event for our student ministry. really, it’s the beginning and end of our year as a ministry. i’d been to IMPACT before but just for an evening, not the long haul. it’s kind of like a multi-day music festival on a smaller scale. tent camping, speakers, seminars, bands – the whole deal. we took a group of close to 80 students, and another 20ish adults. to top it off, our band also lead an evening of worship on friday
was it amazing? yes
were there frustrations? yes
but at the end of it, God moved.
high school & middle school students accepting Christ.
kids getting baptized for the first time & others reaffirming their baptism.
healing beginning in broken families.
students stepping up in leadership, especially young men.
people experencing God like never before.
yeah, it’s a good thing.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
today was landmark – i finished an entire book in one sitting. i popped on over to starbucks with The 7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley. 3 hours, 4 pages of notes, and 2 cups of komodo dragon later i was done. this was a big deal. i don’t know if i’ve ever read a whole book at once before. i’m also now one book closer to my personal goal of 10 for the year on my list of 2008 goals.
but most importantly, it was huge for me in personal ministry ways. i’m wrestling a lot with just what does/should/can the middle school & college ministry @ first church look like. this really got me going today – i literally couldn’t read this book fast enough. it was a good morning.
summer started off a bit slow, but now it’s full tilt until school starts again. this wednesday we leave for IMPACT with 75+ middle and high school students. i’m pumped with the expectation the God will be doing amazing things in the lives of our students. today and tomorrow are final meetings, personal packing, last minute purchasing, calling kids, and loading trucks. then i’m leaving early to get back in time to lead our worship team sunday morning.
as much as i’d love to post pictures throughout the week, we don’t even have running water – so they’ll come when we return. in the meantime, pray for our group and enjoy the weeks pre-planned posts.
yesterday at our Creative Kids Camp, i got a call i wasn’t expecting. it was from my friend running our culinary arts program for kids. i picked up and he said, “karl, i don’t know what to do. i need you up here now.” that complete with screaming in the back. all i could think of was a severed hand on a cutting board. thankfully it wasn’t that. a trip to the ER, a few stitches later, and our injured student was all good and ready to come back. so what did i learn from yesterday?
– those medical release forms really are important
– not only do you need a first aid kit, you need to know where it is
– trouble never comes at a convenient or expected time
– there are times when action is needed immediately, and we have to be prepared to act
our pastor came in this morning and took me aside. he told me, “now you know that part of your job is to make sure no one gets injured; and the only way to do that is to not do any ministry at all.” then the smile. “ministry is dangerous.” you know what – it is.
this past week has been one of the toughest i’ve had in ministry. i’ve been feeling it in ministry, emotionally, even physically. coming off our middle school retreat, it was a good weekend, but i’m absolutely exhausted. partner that with a handful of student and leader issues i have to deal with, and a mess of other things – it’s taking a toll.
right now i’m in a lull between two meetings i had this morning and an afternoon of prep for week two of our middle school series, 5enses, tomorrow. hopefully thursday may prove to be a day of rest; i realized this morning it’s actually been a few weeks since i’ve actually take a full day away from ministry. my discipline of taking a sabbath hasn’t been great, and it’s time to step it up in taking care of that more.
what do you do to unplug and recharge?