Walking the line between nerd and cool.

NYMC: Day 2

The Overview:

  • Opened with Rick Lawrence and the 9th grade praise band from Saddleback
  • Started Deeper Learning Tracks (see below)
  • Lunch at the over-crowded food court (Heide enjoyed the Subway)
  • More Deeper Learning Tracks
  • Dinner at Wah Mee Chinese Restaurant
  • Closing Program with Doug Fields, the Skit Guys (live this time!), Music by Scott Riddle
  • Night-time Activities. Phil to the Middle School Affinity Group, the rest of us to the Skit Guys.

Messages from the Gang:

  • Heide: “I want Pam Mogenson to insert clever copyline here.”
  • Alicia: “Please do not tell my children that I’m not coming home until Monday night if they call. If anyone has time on Sunday evening at 10:30 or 11 p.m. and feel so inclined, go to my house and make sure there are no parties and no inappropriate funny business going on.”
  • Phil: “Phil is wondering where to get a slice of za.”
  • Paul: “I’m going to miss Sunday School class tomorrow. Have a good time! And I hope someone is running the board or Pastor is going to be awful silent.”
  • Jason: “I think we need to get some of these interactive voting gadgets for use in worship. We could rate Pastor’s jokes as part of the sermon.”

Quick-Hit Thoughts for the Day:

  • Note to Ilene: How much do the Skit Guys cost to bring to First Trinity?
  • We got to listen to God as part of our morning session. It was 3 minutes of silence waiting to hear what God was saying to us.
  • Paul, from the “Learning Youth Culture” track:
    • When talking to youth, they do not think we listen, we don’t understand, so what we say to them is meaningless.
    • Get into the culture. You can’t just stand at the wayside and interject into it.
    • Youth are swimming in a soup every day and the culture is changing every day.
    • Students take in culture whether they know it or not.
    • If kids have good homes, they are less “porous” and don’t suck up as much of the culture.
    • Summary: We can’t have preconceived notions of who kids are. We need to understand them on their level in order to bring God’s truth to them in a meaningful way.
  • Phil, from the “Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry” track:
    • Two Questions we should ask:
      • Who do I say that Jesus is?
      • Who does Jesus say that I am?
    • Kids describe Jesus as nice, kind, a good guy. They have no conception of what he is really like. Kids think they are getting Mister Rogers when they have this conception of Jesus. Why would they want this person in their life? They reject Christ for purely logical reasons.
    • We should come to a “central, consuming, saturating focus on Jesus”
    • Kids need an authentic faith life that they can take with them after they leave our ministry.
    • Kids will never trust a Jesus that is a false understanding of Jesus.
    • Summary: By seeking Jesus in our ministry, it allows us to guide youth into developing a more personal, realistic faith.
  • Alicia, from the “Lost on a Freeway: A Vision for Mission and Ministry” track:
    • Two Questions to ask when taking a trip:
      • Where are you now?
      • Where do you want to go?
    • Biblical programming is intentional and requires a vision
    • One potential vision is Ephesians 4:11-15, growing into mature Christians, equipped for ministry, speaking truth in love
    • Common misconception in the church by the adults is that youth workers are supposed to help grow the teenagers into decent adults, rather than help them to be more like Jesus.
    • Summary: It’s an evaluation of where we are going in our youth ministry and how we can make it better.
  • Heide, from the “Best of the Best: Leadership Secrets”
    • Know what your strengths are, know what you are good at, and do those things
    • Developing a ministry team, or recruiting volunteers, look for ways where they can serve in their giftedness
    • Worked on a personal mission statement
      • We have one purpose as Christians: To glorify God
      • Part of that deals with what you want to be and what you want to do
    • Summary: Figure out what kind of person you are and play to your strengths.
  • Jason, from the “Developing a Healthy Youth Ministry” track:
    • Your ministry is stuck when…
      • Your solutions to problems include the word “just.” We just need to…
      • It’s focused on one individual.
      • You don’t think numbers are important. Some numbers aren’t. Some are. How many youth are in our spiritual care? How many are involved in reading their Bibles each week?
      • You chronically under-invest or mis-invest.
    • Kids are “remarkably inarticulate” about their faith. Some say they’re that way about everything. Talk to them about their favorite band or movie and you know they aren’t. How do we fix that?
    • Focus on concrete, not wallpaper. Wallpaper is painting a new mural in the youth room before you have a calendar of events. Make foundational things the most important, not the cosmetic.

We have an opportunity to win a sack chair tomorrow by sending a creative text message to Josh. Here are our entries:

  1. Ginormous ‘roid beans?
    What are these pillowy pods?
    Don’t call them love sacks!
  2. Survey clickers great.
    Giveaways, Bon Jovi, cool
    We need a sack chair!
  3. The Love Sack is a little old place where we can get together, love sack baby…
    Love Sack, that’s where it’s at! Love Sack, that’s where it’s at!
    (Background: Doug Fields called the Sack Chair a love sack in jest. The Sack Chair people didn’t think it was so funny. :))

4 responses

  1. Jaime

    To be practical: where oh where would you fit a sack chair in that tiny SUV full of people? 🙂

    Hope you win. Your poetry awes me.

    February 24, 2008 at 7:59 am

  2. sweetsoup

    I LOVE these posts!!!!!!!! Thank you all five of you for your willingness to be open to what God might be calling us to in Student Ministries!!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2008 at 9:42 am

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