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I am running a program this Summer for our teenagers. It's a big deal. If this doesn't go well, then we go back to an old way of doing things, which is so terrible that the teens don't even come. I am in a position where I was told that Scripture Memorization needs to still be a critical part of my new program (even though their old program hardly had any). How do I incentivize teens to memorize Scripture?
The program will run for 2 weeks, Monday through Friday. The idea would be to have a daily memory verse OR have a list of verses to memorize that they can share each night when they show up. What would encourage them to do it? I was thinking some sort of system where if as a group they can memorize more than all the leaders combined, there's some sort of HUGE prize on the final night for everyone. But that's my only idea so far. Any suggestions? I only have a couple of weeks left to plan this part of the program.
When I was at infantry school in the marines, we went to church on Sundays. One Sunday, they showed us a pretty powerful video of this guy talking about his conversion from an atheist to Christian. I can’t remember the specifics, but it had a woman laying in bed in a red dress and the room she was in was also red and it began to fill with water. She struggled for air but eventually came up and the water drained and then everything was white. The premise of the video was that Christ is a breathe of fresh air when you feel like you are drowning. This was a few years ago, and I cannot find the video or series or anything like it. I would love to show the videos to my high school kids. If anybody has ever seen this or knows a site where I may be able to find it, I would greatly appreciate it!
I’m about to go into my third year on staff at a ministry in my city. I love it, but the main reason why I’m debating on leaving is my personal finances and how my boss handles the ministry’s finances. Majority of the donations that helps support us goes to our international staff in Africa and Asia.
Now one aspect that I disagree with the ministry on is that they pay some staff while requiring other staff to raise their own financial support. Other ministries I’ve been around either support all staff financially or require all staff to raise their own support. They don’t pick and choose who gets paid.
This summer half of our local staff left for different personal reasons. We went from thirteen staff members to seven and as of right now no one else is being hired. Also right now I’m the only staff member who is raising their own support. I have been trying to raise support for a year and a half now and have been struggling to get people to partner with me. I quit my part time job as both motivation and to dedicate more time to raise support. Thankfully people have been blessings with one time gifts, but as of right now I only have two people giving monthly. I’m running out of people, businesses, and churches to ask.
So I went to my boss to talk about this because I’m running out of savings. Knowing that out of those that have left, four were paid positions, so I was hoping that one of those paid positions could go towards me. The conversation summed up is that he said no and that the money that went to those paid positions would now be going towards bills and international staff.
A part of me gets it because a few of our major financial supporters passed away this year and last year which has taken a big chunk out of our ministry’s finances and many of our international staff come from poverty communities and do more than we do here, but a part of me also feels frustrated and overlooked. Working for them full time on top of raising support while only getting $150/month has got me feeling stressed and burnt out. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t have any motivation to go in in the mornings.
Now I love my boss, he’s like a father figure to me. He has a good heart and quick to admit his mistakes and repent. But he also struggles with tunnel vision often and fails to compromise. I felt called by God to join this ministry three years ago, but when I ask Him now if I should stay I don’t hear an answer and don’t feel any direction from the Holy Spirit. So Ive been in a place of just being still for months now. Logically I think anyone would say to leave fast, but I don’t want to lean on my own or man’s understanding. If I leave I want it to be because the Lord is leading me to a different place. But because I’m not getting anything from the Lord I wanted to come to the Body on here to ask for prayer and advice.
Something I have come to learn just from talking back and forth with my youth pastor: Religion and Tradition = Set of rules. GOD no set of rules except the ten commandments and if you dumb it down two major ones. I was 18 when I finally figured out that Jesus doesn’t require you to follow any rules to be saved. ABC’s Admit Believe Confess. And then go into all nations amd make disciples. Love one another and live for him. Simple as that.
Hey everyone, so I've been put into a position to lead our church youth group but I have no idea how to build teams. I've already received plenty of resources concerning discipleship, but what I now need is a guide to building team structure. Any and all help is appreciated.
Hey everyone, I just joined this sub. But this Wednesday we may not have worship due to our worship leader being gone. So I am thinking about replacing that time with maybe a few games or something. Any ideas?
Edit: We are still having a message and devotional time. I just need to fill about a 10 minute gap.
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Just a quick question. We run a youth group every Sunday and I need a new game. They love the ones where the leaders are in the know and can only be played once. One example is where myself and the other leader know the trick, such as "Bang Click" where we keep going "Bang bang, click" and whoever talks first dies which we can't play every again because they know the answer.
Do you have any other games where you can only play with those types of kids once?