It is a shocking thought that the Thanksgiving Holiday is often one of the most stressful times of year. Perhaps you are going to spend time with family, or maybe hosting an event in your home; this Thursday can be stressful. A time that is supposed to be centered on giving thanks can sometimes take a turn for the worse. I have great news; you can make a conscious choice to refuse to participate in holiday stress.
I had one of those “In awe of God” moments last night and I had to stop and write a quick post about it. For those of you who don’t know, we are on staff at World Harvest Church in Columbus, OH. Our kids are enrolled in Harvest Preparatory Academy (check out our website) and they are not only receiving a world-class education, they are growing spiritually like never before. The cry of my heart is that God would lay hold of our kids at an early age and that they would never let go.
I came across a video Jessica and I did for recruiting helpers for Kingdom Kids. It is pretty awesome so I thought I would post it for you to take a look.
by: Shlomo Sprung
Here’s the short version, but we recommend you buy his book:
1) Be Proactive
As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. We have the independent will to make our own choices and decisions, and the responsibility (“the ability to respond”) to make the right choices. You have the freedom to choose your own fate and path, so having the independent will, imagination and self-awareness to make the right move makes you a proactive, and not a reactive, person.
by Lifeway staff
How do you recognize a maturing believer? A new LifeWay Research study offers some keen insights for five-fold ministers looking for growth among their disciples.
In 2008, LifeWay Research surveyed 7,000 churches to discover the principles involved with healthy congregations. Last year, LifeWay’s researchers went back into the field to focus not on the church, but on the individual believer, asking more than 4,000 people about their spiritual lives and level of maturity.
The project has identified eight Biblical factors that consistently show up in the life of a maturing believer. Those “attributes of discipleship” are:
Bible study leader Michael Salman is sitting in jail today after his home was raided earlier this week by more than a dozen Phoenix, Ariz. police officers and city officials. His offense? The city says people aren’t allowed to hold private bible studies on their own property.
Salman was sentenced to 60 days in jail, three years probation and received a $12,180 fine for “the crime.” His wife Suzanne spoke with Fox and Friends this morning to express her shock and disbelief at the entire situation. According to Suzanne, the city told her that her husband was essentially arrested because the bible study was at a private house .. and that essentially, it’s a church. Since they weren’t zoned for church, they were told they were breaking the rules.
BY YOUTH SPECIALTIES ON JUNE 19 2012
Here are a few principles to help you ensure that the events you plan as a youth group are maximizing their potential to transform young lives.
Clearly define the purpose of your event
What specific transformational outcomes are we hoping to achieve through this activity we are pulling together?
Strategically calculate adult to student ratios
If transformation happens in the context of relationships are we ensuring that enough leaders are available to facilitate the outcomes we hope to achieve?