It is worth the walk…

I do not put all my devotions on this blog. I have another blog for that. However, todays reading and application seem to be directed toward Trent the Youth Pastor and not just Trent the husband, son, friend, or child of God. I Kings 12 tells the story of Rehoboam...

A Wise Prayer

Today we are taking time to pray for revival at our church. It has been fun explaining the concept of revival to the teens. I look forward to telling them a little about the history of revival and the influence that young people have had upon it. As I was...

Society of the 412

Note to self: When I was growing up I would occassionally hear preaching about going to the next level. Many times it felt frustrating becuase I did not know I to take it to the next level. We started this program to help our students with a desire move to...

Great Resources…

I would like to let you know about a few resources I have found very helpful over the last week. “200 Crazy Time Games” by Reno Likens. A good friend of mine Chad Gordan gave me the book and I hadn’t really looked at it until this week. It is...

Great Things

Spurgeon said that “The key to great preaching is great subjects.” Most youth leaders have taken the greatest subjects, hidden them behind the counter and fed their kids junk food Christianity instead. Hosea 8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as...

2007 Year End Review

I was sent an “end of the year questionnaire” from my pastor. When I saw it in my inbox I thought ..”I don’t look forward to this..” However, when I finished I was really glad I took the time to fill it out. I would challenge you all to take...

Great exploits!

Daniel 11:32 “..but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” I returned yesterday from the Our Generation Summit. As far as we know, there is not another meeting of its kind. My soul was stirred by hearing of the great exploits of our missionaries...

Kids and parents agree: 18- to 25-year-olds aren’t adults

Kids and parents agree: 18- to 25-year-olds aren’t adults from Austin’s reading by Austin Gardner The following article is very interesting when you consider that we are in the ministry of training men and women to be leaders for the cause of Christ. What do you think? Are they adults...

What a night..

Tonight “Bro. Aaron” from Project North Africa preached at our church. It was one of the most phenomenal services that I have ever been in. I do not say that lightly. I have been in many great church services, missions conferences, and camps. Because it is late I will be...

They must be willing to suffer..

Today I had to great opportunity to sit in a class where there was a dialogue between my pastor, Austin Garder, and “Bro. Aaron” a missionary in Morocco. They both would give personal and Biblical examples of the importance of Christians being willing to suffer for the cause of Christ....

Your friends determine so much..

This morning I read in 2 Samuel 13 about Amnon and his friend. Growing up I have heard literally dozen of youth messages on this sermon. They were great and helpful. This morning I noticed something different. I noticed how real the emotions Amnon felt even though they were wrong....

I like ultimate frisbee..

You may think “I like ultimate frisbee” is a silly topic for my blog. If you think so you can get your own blog, they are free you know. I am just joking. I feel silly writing down some reasons I thought that I enjoyed todays activites. However, maybe in...

Conversation with Jake..

One of my best friends in the whole wide world (I said like a 3 year huh) is a missionary in eastern China. We have tried to make a practice of talking about every Monday morning, it is night time for him. I should really get into the practice of...

Bible Reading Revolution

I want to encourage you to look at the Bible Reading Revolution blog. It is written by John Pearson, who is a great friend, Bible teacher, and member of our church. At our church we invite people to “discover the difference”. There are many things that we believe make us...

What has happened to us..

I am sure you all have heard about the latest “Mall Massacre”. Robert Hawkins left behind a suicide note that read, in part, “sorry for everything,” and “Now I’ll be famous.” Hawkins recently broke up with his girlfriend and lost his job at McDonald’s. There are many reasons we see stories...

What if I am never the best..

My friend, Bro. Aaron as he is known in his latest book, told me that I should be more personal in my blog so I will take his advice. Over the last almost 7 years I have received some good advice from him. As a student in college looking for...

Passing the Baton (1of 3)

Passing the Baton Youth Ministry as a Means to Discipling the Church Eric Bancroft Associate Pastor, High School Ministry  I. Phase One: Fundamentals of Discipleship “Discipleship” is not a new word for many of us, but it often can be a misunderstood word. In an attempt to be clear, let...

It’s Not a Game

My Pastor, Austin Gardner, sent me this article this morning and I believe it is great. I especially like the part about “expository preaching”. It is often said at our church we should be “people of the book”. That is a core value of our church and hopefully every church. For the last...

Signs of Life

Today I had the great opportunity to see my child for the first time. My wife, Stephanie, is 8 weeks pregnant and we had our second doctors appointment today. It was absolutely incredible. I can not say we were as Rachel in Genesis 30 or like many of our close...

Tweenagers

Today I have spent some time recording some information I know about my students. I am recording more then just information such as address, email address, and school. I am logging information about what sports they like, what subjects they are most likely to bring up, and anything else I can to...

Reveal don’t Create

Tonight I tried something new. Definitely something that wasn’t new to Christianity or new to preachers, just new to me.Tonight instead of trying to making sure my exciting, entertaining youth program had an adequate amount of Bible so I knew I wasn’t wasting my time or theirs. I tried my very best...

“Short Yard Specialist”

This afternoon I watched some of the Georgia/ Florida football. I say I watched some of it because our Senior/Lead Pastor reads this blog on occasion and I don’t want to admit I have watched every minute of it!  I heard a term that I believe I have never heard...

Preach “all the counsel of God”.. that includes us!

Every Friday I have the great opportunity of participating in a class in the Our Generation Training Center, the missionary training department of our church. Today we came to a discussion about preaching the “full counsel of God”. It is apparent from reading Criswell’s sermons and books that he had...

Law of First “Instance”

Even though I have not been a youth pastor very long I already have a long list of regrets. One is that I did not maximize the “Law of First ‘Instance’” Meaning that I started many things poorly and they still suffer from it today. A couple of examples that...

Fish grow according to their tank.. do you?

Two days ago I received a 8 inch oscar for my 40 gallon tank. I love it. However, my wife feels like the fish is to big for the tank. Which in someways may be true. The fish would have never grown to that size in that tank. He was...

Youth Pastor.. don’t let them put us in a box!

During short vacation last February I was flipping through the tv and saw a cartoon called King of the Hill was talking about church youth groups. It was called “Reborn to be Wild” and was nominated for an award by The Writers Guild of America. Which is amazing how Christians...

“Show and Tell”

 On Wednesday I have the opportunity to go to South Forsth High School and talk about South America. Last night, Zach the history teacher from the school was at our home. I was running around showing him all kind of cool souvenirs I have picked up during my travel. This...

FOCUS: #1 What do we know about God?

What do we know about God? Nothing affects you view of life and the afterlife then your view of God. With a proper view of who God is and what He has done will allow you to see yourself for who you are and what you can do in this...

Invest don’t Spend

As a student in a missions training program in South America I heard one statement that has had a great influence on the style of ministry I have and desire to have. I was told by W. Austin Gardner, Pastor of Vision Baptist Church, that I should “invest time into...

Too Much E-Reliance?

Too Much E-Reliance? The Dangers of eMail in Youth Ministry by Kent Clayton with Youth Specialties The plans were set. The food was purchased. The reservations had been made. This was going to be one of the coolest events of the year! Though I normally call all volunteers and many...
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