Monthly Archives: December 2008

2009 Student/Youth Ministry Goals

These are 10 goals that I have set for 2009. Your ministry is perfectly designed to get the results you’re getting (Andy Stanley) Pray, make goals, and allow God to transform lives. Here are some goals for 2009:

  1. Parent Meetings – While some ministries are able to do more, sometimes getting everyone together is like catching a cold in a hair net. The purpose is not strictly information, but is desined for parental support – youth culture updates, parent prayer partners, and discussion.
  2. Equip – Ephesians 4:12 is clear on equipping others for ministry. You can’t do it all! Time will be spent this year equipping youth leaders to do the work of the ministry, equip parents to minister at home, and equip students to serve and evangelize their friends.
  3. Birthday Cards – Lame. I know that was the word that came to your mind. But I’ll give it a try this year as another way to encourage and connect to these students.
  4. Discipleship – Will this be the year where this youth ministry is discipleship-driven, not event-driven?
  5. Student Leadership
  6. Upgrades – Both the 6th grade initiation and 12th grade graduation need improvements. Make it memorable!
  7. Stay Relevant – Reading Relevant Magazine is not enough, although it is a great start. Subscribe to the CPYU email, read YouthWorker Journal, ace this quiz….and the list goes on.
  8. Use Multimedia and Illustrations – If you are still arguing that teenagers just need a good teaching of the Bible, without the use of video, powerpoint, youtube (God Tube too!), dvd curriculum or some interaction of some kind, you need to wake up and smell the blu-ray disc.
  9. Growth by Conversion – While getting fresh Christians into youth group that may have moved, it is event more refreshing to build numbers through salvation of new believers. Lord that is my prayer that you will give us both!
  10. Paint the Youth Room Floor – If you saw it, you’d understand.

Good luck with your goals, and make sure you have some. Remember, if you aim at nothing, you will hit is every time!

Movie Reviews

Bedtime Stories

If you are looking for a movie with an outstanding plot and over the top special effects…you won’t find it here. This movie is full of kid related humor, including a hamster with huge eyes that has gas. Great movie for the kids, but you may hear rumblings from your teenager. Cute story, good for some laughs and nice to not have to worry about violence or cussing.

Grade: B-

The Dark Night

May be a little bias here, because I have to admit I saw this on opening night with my batman mask on…however, I will give you honest opinions. This is not safe for children like a comic book would be. This movie has violence and is very dark at times. The hype surrounding of Heath Ledger’s performance was not in vain. He deserved all the awards that he certainly will win. If you are looking for a non-stop thriller leaving you on the edge of your seat, here you go! Beware of dark themes and violence.

Grade: A-


The beginning is a bit disappointing, because the cursing is a bit much in the outset. I guess I wasn’t really ready for it. The movie is unique, full of twists, and provides a relief from the normal everyday movie. Some were disappointed, but I actually enjoyed this rollercoaster of a film. Great action flick that was pretty clean, outside of the foul language primarily in the outset of the movie.

Grade: B


This movie, considered by some as one of the greatest sci-fi films in the past 10 years, may have given me too high of expectations. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great heroic thriller, but I thought there would be more. Do me a favor, when you see it, don’t go into the movie with super high expectations. The special effects and action were fun to watch. Warning: the main character is a bit of a playboy and has a small scene of sensuality. Not quite as clean as Spiderman or Pirates of the Carribean, but has just as much action and the older kids should enjoy.

Grade: B+

Hope this helps. Like to hear from you too!

Winning Isn’t Everything…Unless You Are Talking About Professional Sports

What is it about sports that can cause us so much heartache and jubilation.  Mostly heartache for me being a Buffalo Bills fan.  But it is sports that causes us to paint our faces and chests, scream at the television as if the players could hear us as we call them by first names, and live and die by the toss of a oval shaped pigskin or shot of a leather bound sphere.

You try to teach your children or the next generation that winning isn’t everything, but then you see on the news the 6th NBA coach got fired this season, and they have yet to play 25 games!!  You try to teach your children values of an education, and college hoops programs are lucky to have star players for one year.  Now some are even skipping over that rule to play overseas.  You hope your child learn discipline and comraderie while playing team sports, but you got that barley-filled parent that won’t lay off the ump until they are tossed…and you want to say, I wish I could just watch one teeball game without this happening again.

Our church recently started a program called Upward Basketball, and it has been such a blessing.  The program teaches sportsmanship, encouragement of the refs and coaches, and even Biblical values.  You can’t get that at the YMCA!  I’ve never been a part of such an organized program as Upward, and what a way to reach out the community.  Being at a small church we started with around 80 kids.  In 2 years, the program has grown to 230!!

So find something like Upward to teach your kids that winning isn’t everything.  Bring back friendship, encouragement, and values to sports.  We need less athletes that are shooting themselves in the foot and more that are playing for the love of the game. Do even one better, instead of producing athletes that are turning down 10 mil a year, teach your children to be athletes that are turning away from the world and playing for the glory of God!

Internet Search

Internet searches really tell a great deal on where you culture stands.  Recently, Yahoo did a Year in Review 2008, which revealed the top 10 searches of 2008.  Buckle your seatbelts, because this will be a bumpy review.

  1. 8 out of 10 have to do with entertainers.  Half of the top are female entertainers. Fredrick M. Brown/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Our culture is not dominated by entertainment at all…I know, right.
  2. The top search was Britney Spears…Britney Spears!  Really?  My IQ just dropped.
  3. Out of the other 2, that may not be considered entertainment, one was an online game – Naruto, and the other was a political figure – Barack Obama.  So, basically, out of the top 10, only one has any historical NARUTO © 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTOsignificance, or any significance for that matter.
  4. The top 10 consisted of 4 female entertainers under the age of 28, an online game, a disney channel star – Miley Cyrus, and a cartoon.  What does this tell you?  It tells you that the internet is dominated by…YOUNG PEOPLE! 
  5. I’m curious where the Bible, God, and Jesus Christ rank in the search.  We know our students are searching for something, but the top searches in this article have no spiritual value whatsoever.  So here is your challenge youth workers and youth pastors – Make a relationshipship with Jesus Christ the top search in your youth ministry.  The question is, how will you accomplish this challenge?