Adult Leaders’ Christmas Party

This evening we had a lot of fun with many of our friends who are members of our Adult Leadership Team as we got together for our annual Christmas Party. Our party was scheduled before Christmas, but we got whacked by a snow storm and had to postpone it. We enjoyed lots of food, a white elephant gift exchange, and at the end we presented them all with a small gift as a token of our appreciation for their partnership in youth ministry. It was a wonderful time of celebration, laughter, and friendship. Thank You Jesus for being able to do ministry with friends!

New Study Says Many Teens Don’t Keep Virginity Pledges

I read this article about a recent study which found that Many Teens Don’t Keep Virginity Pledges.

Questions for discussion:
What do you do in terms of purity programs/pledges?
How do you involve parents and families?
What curriculum do you use?
Do you like it? If so, why? If not, why not?
What have you found to be helpful in your program?
What would you not do if you could do your program over again?
How do you measure the success of your program?
Would you say your program has been successful? Why or why not?

Books I Read in 2008

Here is the list of books I read in 2008. I have underlined the ones that were most impactful for me personally.

  1. 25 Ways To Win With People by John Maxwell & Les Parrott
  2. A Christian Manifesto by Francis Schaeffer
  3. A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren
  4. Beyond Your Backyard: Stepping Out to Serve Others by Tom Ellsworth
  5. C.S. Lewis: His Life & Thought by Terry Glaspey
  6. Christianity Through the Centuries by Earle E. Cairns
  7. Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren
  8. Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybles
  9. Covenant Marriage by Gary Chapman
  10. Creating Community by Andy Stanley
  11. Deep Ministry in a Shallow World by Chap Clark & Kara Powell
  12. Do They Run When They See You Coming? by Jonathan McKee
  13. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
  14. End of the Spear by Steve Saint
  15. Enjoy the Silence by Duffy & Maggie Robbins
  16. Experiential Story Telling by Mark Miller
  17. Getting Fired for the Glory of God by Mike Yaconelli
  18. It’s the Little Things by Lena Williams
  19. Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
  20. Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry by Rick Lawrence
  21. Mistaken Identity by Van Ryn & Cerak
  22. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  23. Red Letter Christians by Tony Campolo
  24. Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
  25. Samson & The Pirate Monks by Nate Larkin
  26. Sex God by Rob Bell
  27. Son of a Preacher by Jay Bakker
  28. Soul Shaper by Tony Jones
  29. Speaking to Teenagers by Doug Fields & Duffy Robbins
  30. Starting Right: Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry by Creasy Dean, Clark, Rahn
  31. The Bible in 90 Days
  32. The Book of God by Walter Wangrin Jr.
  33. The Dirty Little Secret by Craig Gross
  34. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann
  35. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
  36. The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
  37. The Journey to the East by Hermann Hesse
  38. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  39. The Ministry of Nurture by Duffy Robbins
  40. The Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis
  41. The Shack by William P. Young
  42. This Way to Youth Ministry by Duffy Robbins
  43. Thrones of Blood: A History of the Times of Jesus by Josephus
  44. Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
  45. Tribes by Seth Godin
  46. What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey

Before He Speaks

My friend Linda sent me this video. I am sure it’s not about me because she doesn’t hear me preach. lol!

Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas Everyone! We have had a wonderful morning. The girls woke up at about 7:30 and came down stairs to discover that Santa Clause did indeed make it last night! We then went downstairs and opened our two big family gifts – a ping pong table and an air hockey table. The girls enjoyed playing with their new games and watching Prince Caspian. I then went to the church and played drums for our Christmas service while Ady got some more sleep. When I returned home we opened the rest of our presents. We are now hanging out together, eating brunch, and enjoying our gifts.

American teens lie, steal, cheat at ‘alarming’ rates: study

A friend passed this article along to me the other day: