Saturday, September 29, 2012

Books every Youth Pastor should take their team through

Here are a few books that are a must for youth pastors to train their team through:

1. "Leadership as an Identity" by Crawford Lowritts
2. "Help! I'm a Small Group Leader" by Laurie Polich
3. "The Lost Art of Disciplemaking" by Leroy Eims
4. "Becoming a Contagious Christian" by Bill Hybles
5. "The Master Plan of Evangelism" by Robert Coleman

I have used these books in the past & they really help your leaders on many levels.
I wish I could design the Youth Ministry degree for Moody, because I would require these for Youth Pastors as well.

In fact, for Youth Pastors, I would require, besides Scripture:
1. The 5 above
2. "Purpose Driven Youth Ministry" by Doug Fields
3. "Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry" by Doug Fields
4. "Reaching a Generation for Christ" by Rick Dunn
5. "Systematic Theology" by Wayne Grudem
6. "Turning Vision into Action" by James MacDonald

...but this is not the blog to give my full unveiling of a degree for Youth Minstry so I will just stop with some of the vital books.

The Wrestler's Psalm

"O LORD, how long will you forget me?  Forever?
How long will you look the other way?
How long must I wrestle with anguish in my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

Psalm of David, Psalm 13:1-2

This is one of my favorite Psalms, because I was a wrestler & I can often relate to David's struggle here.

He goes on, in verse 3-4, to ask the Lord to turn and answer him.
Then in verse 5, David says, "But I will trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.  I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me."

David clearly trusts that the LORD has unfailing love for him & has, in no way, ignored, failed to hear, or has forgotten David. If you are a child of God, then you have this same relationship with God.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Why would someone need God if life is going well for them?

"The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead. Yet they succeed in everything they do. They do not see your punishment awaiting them." -Psalm of David (Psalm 10:4-5)

This is a picture of Scythopolis in Israel, otherwise known as Beit She'an.  A place where humanism was the philosophy of the day. They elevated the human body & the greatness of humanity above all else.  This was a city rich in the arts, athletics, education, and military might.  There is a large theatre, gymnasium, and public entertainment and eateries here.  Large Roman roads, grooved by the many chariots that pounded the pavement, still remain.

It was at one of these flourishing places that Jesus sent his drab disciples to tell people they need God.  I can imagine the scene, rich hedonistic people dining and in comes a couple of former fishermen telling them they need something more than they already have.  The people probably thought, "We have health, we have a ample supply of resources, we have comfort, we have friends, we have everything that we could ever need and want.  What more can these Galileans offer us that we don't already have?"

If someone was to ask you this question, what would you say, Christian?  What do you have to offer the rich, the healthy, the well-off, those who have much more resources than you can have, those who are close to their family?

This Psalm of David gives some insight.  There is a day where God will judge people.  Fortunately, for many people who have everything in life, many have a nagging sense that they are still missing something.  This something is reconciliation with God. And that is what the Christian has to offer those who have everything else.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Job's I've had, in order

1. Paper Boy for Southtown Economist (paper boy of the month 4 months in a row!)
2. Ace Hardware Store
3. Construction (framing houses)
4. Cleaned pools
5. Caddy
6. McDonald's (2 years)
7. Car Detailer (2 years)
8. Started my own car detailing business

9. Cook @ Moody
10. Dr's Assistant & Data Entry @ Family Guidance Center
11. VMS (video monitor)
12. Security @ Moody
13. Walked dogs for a guy in Chicago
14. UPS
15. Installed mailboxes
16. Caris Pregnancy Center (Data Entry, rehab buildings & lead work crews)

17. Shaklee Corp. (CSR, Independent Sales)
18. Rank Video (HR, engineering)
19. Side job changing oil
20. Youth Pastor (Itasca, Plymouth, Niles, Findlay)