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“Being perfect God, he became perfect man, and accomplished the newest of all new things, the only new thing under the sun.”

- John of Damascus

John of Damascus Quote

I believe our greatest priority as Christian parents is to gradually transfer our children’s dependence away from us until it rests solely on God.

Craig Groeschel from his book WEIRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working

Craig Groeschel Quote

We talks about some great gifts for volunteers in your Youth Ministry this Christmas.

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New Shirt Design

Jeremy Smith —  December 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

This is the first shirt design we have for the New Year. The design came from the students mocking me and letting me know that I tend to randomly dance all the time and they had come up with the slogan on the shirt. The design uses the font Agent Orange and a silhouette of my head and glasses that I quickly and crudely traced in Photoshop. Would love to hear your thoughts.

We must continually attempt to view technology through the lens of the story of God and his people, with the resurrected Christ at beginning, middle, and end of that story.

John Dyer from his book From the Garden to the City

John Dyer Quote

I am one of those youth workers who know my short comings and love surrounding myself with people who can help build me up in ministry. It makes ministry ministry go so much smoother and helps hit every single student as opposed to only those that I can reach. One of the unexpected outcomes of surrounding myself with these people is the wealth of knowledge that they can offer. Each volunteer that comes on board is an expert at something in their lives and can bring so much to the table.

Here are four of my own volunteers that I will be seeking out this next year to help teach me something about doing better ministry:

  1. Jim: Jim is currently working on his doctorate in team management and I have loved sitting in Starbucks and simply listening to him talk about how we can better work on streamlining “the process” and improving tactics to bring out the best qualities in each member to make the whole system better. He is also a part-time professor at a local university and it is my hope that this next year, he will be willing to take over an hour of our volunteer training to teach on the “best of” in systems techniques for our group.
  2. Rob: Rob is a professor of business management at the Air Force Academy and has a wealth of knowledge on how to handle money. So when I put together my budget this next year, I will be sitting down with him to discuss how best to use our money and setting up checks and balances through out the year to manage this money.
  3. Kristin: Kristin is currently a stay-at-home mom, but she has her undergrad and masters in school counseling and someone that I want to have on board if something terrible were to happen. I am hoping to put together a “crisis plan” for staff and volunteers in our youth ministry and will be consulting with her to make sure that all of my bases are covered for the different situations that could potentially happen.
  4. David: Working in a military environment, I know very little about this third-world culture and so I will be seeking him out in how we can better impact this community this summer. With his many years serving our country, he will be able to bring unique ideas to the table.

Do you allow volunteers to bring their experience to the table? If so, how do you let them teach you?

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“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends, and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.

But the other four balls – family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass.

If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”

- Brian Dyson (former CEO of Coca-Cola)

Quote by Brian Dyson