May 6, 2009

Wednesday Reflections

Filed under: Wednesday Nights,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 8:43 pm
  • Crowd – big crowd; perhaps the biggest we’ve had in my 5 weeks w/ the group
  • Music – no band tonight; it was just Josh & another vocalist but they sounded great & the crowd responded to them; we did 5 songs which is more than normal.  We broke the songs up w/ a video, a welcome & a short testimony from a high school girl.  We sang How Deep the Father’s Love which is one of my favorites.
  • Talk – Mike did a great job challenging the group to live like you were dying.  He began & ended w/ the question “what will you be known for?”

Overall, I felt it was our best worship service from a production standpoint since I’ve been @ fbcj.  Transitions, videos, sound, lighting, etc were all good tonight.  This summer 1 of my big goals is working to improve the quality of the audio/visual in our youth worship auditorium.  It’s good now, but w/ a few adjustments it’ll be much more effective in creating a teen friendly environment to present the Gospel.

One of my fears of accepting the position was not being able to speak every Wednesday night to teenagers.  After tonight’s service I told Amanda that I was worried about missing being on stage, but I really enjoyed not teaching.  Mike has me in charge of our youth worship services, & seeing a service that I planned weeks ago come together is really fulfilling.  I’m continuing to learn that the key to creativity is planning weeks/months in advance.



  1. Neil, I’ve been sort of following your blog for several days now. Keep up the good work man!

    I totally agree with you on the creativity. You can’t be creative at the last minute.

    Comment by Adam Sauer — May 7, 2009 @ 10:48 am

  2. Thanks for the comment. I’m in the process of putting together a series of posts on youth ministry & creativity.

    Comment by Neil — May 7, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

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