November 30, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized,Videos — Neil @ 7:00 am

1 of my favorite apps is Dropbox.  It allows me to have any needed files from any computer or my phone.  It also allows me to easily share files w/ someone else.

Dropbox offers 2 paid subscription options, but you can also get a free accoutn w/ 2 gb (more if you are willing to share dropbox through your twitter &/or facebook accounts).

November 29, 2010

Christmas Bible Reading Plan

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am


I’m a big fan of YouVersion.  They have a Bible reading plan that is designed to last 25 days (although you can lengthen or shorten the time span).  I’m currently going through it w/ a couple of high school students.

It would be a great way to personally devote yourself to Scripture reading during Advent.  It’s also a good tool for a family or any type of group to go through it together.

As w/ all of YouVersion’s reading plans it syncs between multiple devices.  It also allows you to add accountability partners that allows everyone in the group to see how each person is doing.

Click here to read more about the Christmas Bible reading plan.

November 25, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am

 16 Rejoice always,17 pray without ceasing,
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

November 24, 2010

Student Worship Flow Sheet

Filed under: Uncategorized,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 7:00 am

Each week as we plan our student worship services we use a flow sheet to help keep us on target.  It forces us to plan through each element (welcome, videos, games, message).  It helps in preparing for technical needs when the volunteers arrive & for our band (high school students).

1 area that it really helps us is w/ planning the length of the service.  Our worship service begins at 6:30 while our children’s ministry meets from 6:00 – 7:00.  We want to be respectful of the jr. high parents who are waiting w/ their younger children on our service to end.

I haven’t always used a formal document like this, but it really helps us plan & our volunteers in knowing what to expect each week when they arrive.

Feel free to use our document if it helps your student ministry (we’ve borrowed ideas from several ministries to create this one).

November 23, 2010

Intern Job Responsibilities

Filed under: Uncategorized,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 12:07 pm

Our student ministry is blessed to have a part-time intern for the entire year.  During the school year he works about 6 hours per week in the office plus time on Sundays, Wednesday nights & attends school activities.  Here’s a few of his regular job responsibilities:

  • develop ideas for games & videos
  • produce videos to use each week in our student worship service & to promote specific events
  • set up the technical needs for our student worship service each week
  • lead a small group
  • write hand written notes/cards to teens each week
  • keep our storage space organized
  • attend at least 1 school event (football game, choir performance, school lunch, etc.) each week 
  • purchase needed supplies/run student ministry errands

November 4, 2010

Parenting Links

Filed under: parenting,Parents — Neil @ 7:14 pm

2 good articles on parenting that I posted to our Student Ministry’s Facebook & Twitter accounts earlier in the week:

November 3, 2010

Student Worship Preview

Filed under: Student Worship Preview — Neil @ 2:00 pm

Series: TEN (from XP3)

Game: Crazy 10 Commandments (Elimination style game we are doing for the length of this series.  Teens have to follow a command.  The winner advances to play again the next week against a new competitor.)

Songs: Let God Arise, Freedom is Here, Glory to God, How He Loves

Message in a sentence: When we use the name of God to dodge the will of God, you will ultimately miss out on God entirely.

YouVersion Live link:

November 2, 2010

Youth Ministry Volunteers

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 11:00 am

Sunday morning I had an 85 year old lady stop me to tell me of how she prays each Tuesday & Thursday for our student ministry staff & our teenagers.  During our conversation I asked her what motivated her to pray for us.  She said it was the testimonies of teenagers following Summer Camp (yet another reason why we need to share w/ the church what is happening in the youth ministry).

We agreed that on the 1st of each month I’d email her a list of items of how she could pray specifically for our student ministry.

When looking for youth ministry volunteers I often look for college students, young couples & youth parents.  I wonder how many I’ve missed because I’m busy looking more at outward qualities rather than for individuals (regardless of age) who God has already given a heart for teenagers.

Go Vote

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From Marshall Ramsey

November 1, 2010

What is weird?

Filed under: Videos — Neil @ 6:00 am

If you are like me & have grown up in church & always been surrounded by “christian” thinking then I encourage you to spend 7 minutes & watch this message from Francis Chan at Catalyst 2010.

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