Thursday, January 16, 2014

Student Ministry Update

CCC Student Ministry Update

Over the next few weeks, life goes on and so do the ministries of Campbellsville Christian Church. Here is some valuable information concerning what is happening in the life of our Student Ministry.

Ministry Team Practices Resume

With the Holidays, various retreats, events and me being out of town, our music team and A/V team hasn't been getting together. Beginning January 26, 2014 we will our have worship team meetings on Sundays from 5:00-6:00.

If you are interested in singing, playing an instrument, or running video and sound, please attend this meeting. If you are interested in participating in performing skits, speaking, praying publicly, welcoming guests or planning activities during Fuel, this meeting is for you as well. I hope to get as many students involved in a typical evening of Fuel as possible, so if you are willing to participate in any way to make Fuel a better environment for worship, please come to our ministry team meetings.

Middle School

It seems like its been forever since I've seen my middle school friends for small groups! I can't wait to get started again! Middle School small groups will resume January 26th at 6:30. 

Remember to sign up for CIY-Believe. This will be an amazing experience. You should have received a packet in the mail, but if you didn't or have any questions, contact me.

High School

What are the most significant challenges to your faith? Come prepared to answer this question when High School Small Groups resume January 19th at 6:30.

I will regularly post, so check back frequently for updates and information concerning CCC Student Ministry.


Last night at Fuel we continued to talk about what it means to be Branded. Like many brands, people associate Christians with certain characteristics or stereotypes. As this series continues, we are looking into what we can do to promote the positive brand of Christianity that reflects the love, power and compassion of Jesus.
Philippians 2:3-4 narrows in on the concept of being UNSELFISH. Being unselfish is vital to building trust, being liked, gaining influence and earning respect. This principle of being unselfish can be seen in the superheroes we grew to love as children. A superhero doesn't become well liked, influential, trusted and respected by putting himself first; no, he gains these thing by putting his life on the line for little old ladies crossing the street.

Applying a lifestyle of unselfishness may be difficult but it can be achieved by listening more and associating with the outcasts. You are not too important to hear what others have to say nor are you more valuable than someone because you happen to be more popular.

You will see a difference in your life and become a positive witness for Christ when you place others first. The only way to promote a right understanding for Christianity is to adopt the mindset of our Lord: one that is UNSELFISH. Let's work on being unselfish together so through our witness God can use us to turn the world upside down. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Time to Move

Get up!


These two commands were the dreaded phrases I heard each school day at 6:30 AM. I never needed to set an alarm as a teenager, my dad could wake up a hibernating bear sleeping off a hangover. The longer I waited, the louder and more obnoxious the calls to my room became. There really wasn't much of a choice for me to wake up and move, but nothing felt better than to lie down and rest.

Doing nothing is far easier than moving. I don't remember the last time I got winded watching TV or playing a video game. The same thing is true in taking action in our lives. The easy way is to sit back and let someone else do the work. I don't think a draft dodger has ever been shot in battle, but they surely can't be thanked for protecting civilian freedoms. Sure, MOVING means risk, but without risk there is no reward. We know this concept translates in our work, school, and relationships but we too often sit around and wait for God to move in some burning bush experience before we take our faith in Christ seriously.

Remember that true faith exists when we experience the ordinary, not as a response to the miraculous.
Let's start moving now, for Jesus said in John 20:29 "blessed are those who believe in me and have not seen."My prayer is that we can have a moving faith in Christ before we see God "move" in our lives!

In a couple weeks we are going to focus on our theme of MOVE. Take a look at the Parent  Cue article below to find out the theme in greater detail. As the weeks go by, future themes can be found on this blog. Check back regularly for updates, posts and important information.

MOVE: Parent CUE

1, We’re Teaching this.
Movements are everywhere. “To write love on her arms”, “Tom’s Shoes”, “Livestrong”, “Habitat for Humanity”, and the “End-It Movement”—all of those and hundreds more were created during our lifetime. In fact, one of the traits that this generation is known for is being the most cause-driven, the most movement focused in history. So which movements do we join? How do we start? And how do we move and serve in a way that really matters? Even if we aren’t sure what we think about Jesus, we can learn something from Him about serving the community around us. By His example we learn to MOVE on behalf of others and KEEP MOVING to have a lasting impact.

2. Think About This
Have you ever had a conversation with your teenager that felt like a complete flop? Like your words bounced off a brick wall? You’re probably not alone. Most parents feel incredible pressure to have meaningful conversations with their students, and yet those conversations are met with resistance if not total refusal to engage. This is especially true when it comes to matters of faith—like attending church or serving others. When parents seem willing enough to talk, why is it that teens often feel so resistant to listening?

It may be all in the approach. Many teens feel like every parent-initiated conversation has an agenda. And let’s be honest, they may be right. During the teen years, as parents realize their time with their teen is limited, there is a sense of urgency surrounding all of the life lessons and important conversations that they feel they SHOULD have with their child before college. With the pressure mounting to work in all of these lessons, it is easy for parents to resort to talking at their student instead of talking with them.  While the intentions are good, if the majority of conversations center around a lesson, teens can end up feeling like they don’t measure up. Like their parents care more about “fixing them” or “setting them straight” than they do about connecting with them. Who wants to feel that way all the time?

This sort of dynamic can make conversations about faith even more tricky. It can set up students to feel inadequate and then tune out the parents. And tuned out parents feel equally inadequate and want to stop trying. What a mess!

Helping students live out their faith, helping them develop values and habits they will carry into adulthood is one of the most important parts of a parent’s job. So how do you teach those lessons without running the risk of being shut out? How do you have a conversation without having “a talk”? How do you begin to move forward in your relationship and not backwards?

Maybe the answer is actually to talk less. Remember when they were little and they wanted to play baseball like dad or dress up like mom? Remember how they imitated the way that you talk (maybe a little too much)? While teens don’t make it as obvious, they still take cues about what is important by watching their parents. What you prioritize, what you organize your schedule and budget around will communicate loudly what you believe is important-without ever having to tell them.

So maybe instead of talking about the importance of spending money wisely, you invite them to help you figure out the family budget this month. Maybe instead of working “church” into the conversation, you simply trust that your example, that your commitment, is sending the message. Maybe instead of talking about the importance of serving others, it’s just something you do together.

When you lead with your actions, it takes a lot of pressure off the conversation. And the more conversations you have, without a lesson attached, the more your teen will trust that you like them, as a person. The more they will believe that you think they’re a good person. It might even open the door to more meaningful conversation—because now you’re talking with them and not at them.

3. Try This
Developing a habit of serving, or moving on behalf of others as a family, can seem daunting when family schedules and budgets are already stretched to the max. But serving doesn’t mean that you have to volunteer at a soup kitchen every week or build a well in Africa on your own. Simply meeting one person’s need is a big step and will go a long way in helping your teenager develop an awareness for the needs around him or her.

Choose one elderly neighbor or single mom in your community and invite your student to help you decide on ONE THING you can do for that person. Something as simple as making them dinner and bringing it over could make their day. And every member of the family can be involved. Invite your student to help you decide on the menu, buy the groceries, prepare and deliver the meal.

Serving somewhere every week or every month may not be a possibility for your family, but simply developing an awareness of the needs around you and moving on behalf of one person can help students develop the habit of caring for the world around them.

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