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Protecting the Pulpit: Good or Bad?


In the past few months I have had the pleasure of visiting several different youth groups, some of them big and some of them small. As I sat and enjoyed listening to the various people who took to the platform to speak and share, I noticed two distinct value systems around pulpit ministry in youth groups.

The first was a very calculated and intentional approach to selecting those that would speak to the students, the other was a much more casual approach, allowing students to speak as well as leaders. I am not totally sure where I lean to, because I think there is tremendous value in both and perhaps the answer lies in the middle.

Protected Pulpit: This idea would place high importance of having only the best, most well spoken speaker in front of your students. Choosing those who have the most thorough knowledge of the Bible to be the core speakers to your students. These people are effective and deliberate communicators.

Pros: I love the idea of always bringing the best to students and choosing to only put the best most qualified people in front of your students means that they are going to get a solid, scripture based message every time they come to youth. Students deserve the best leaders and that includes preachers and having someone communicate a message well increases the likelihood that the students will remember what was said.

Cons: If not balanced out, it may seem as though pulpit ministry is only for those who are well polished “professional Christians” who have a clear calling to preaching ministry. This approach can come at the detriment of students and leaders who might be called to the same, but have not place to explore those gifts and can make attaining that level seem out of reach.


Open Pulpit: The idea of students and leaders sharing the things that God is teaching them; to me, is inspiring. Allowing students to be a part of the preaching and exploring their gifts and potential calling, it is just so real.

Pros: There is honesty, transparency and raw faith when students come share about what God is doing their lives. I have seen so many times where a student’s testimony has had a greater impact than the best-crafted sermon. When students share about their faith journey it comes across real and authentic and for the audience, it portrays a faith that is relatable and attainable.

Cons: If unchecked this can be somewhat of a disaster, where students are allowed to teach, or share their testimonies it can quickly go from God centered to “me” centered. I once found out afterwards that a student told multiple lies in his testimony just to impress our group. If we are not careful, and expecting students and leaders to be prepared to share, the pulpit can become a soapbox for anyone who wants to talk, which can compromise the purpose of the teaching time.

My encouragement to you is to find ways to keep the pulpit open, open to those whose desire is not to glorify themselves, but glorify God through their speaking, those that want to bring a word, a truth. It is up to us as youth workers to make sure that when someone takes the stage, they are prepared and ready. That does not mean, perfect and professional but sharing a Christ centered message that is from the heart.

Geoff Stewart is the Youth Pastor at Peace Portal Alliance Church in Surrey B.C. where he oversees Journey Student Ministries. He is married to Lavonne and they have two cats, Norman and Puff Daddy. Geoff co-authors the Blog morethandodgeball.com Follow him on Twitter @geoffcstewart.

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Spiritual Practice of the Week: Passing the Peace

Spiritual Practice of the Week

May this Easter morning be a celebration for you….
….that whatever old ways imprison you: old thoughts, old words, old deeds…may pass away….
And new ways, new thoughts, new words, new deeds, may flourish in your life. 
Peace be with you.  May you rise with Christ!

Passing the Peace
The passing of the peace originates in the New Testament, mostly in the writings of St. Paul, and was practiced in the early church during the liturgy as a way of connecting and joining the gathered as the body of Christ.   While St. Paul suggested we pass the kiss of peace, today we tend to pass the peace of Christ through a warm handshake or an embrace.   The passing of the peace is generally practiced during a Sunday morning service, but can be used in any service or gathering.   It’s a way of practicing love for one another, and a way to really see and greet the other person and wish them the deepest blessing, the peace of Christ.
The Paschal greeting is an Easter custom among Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Christians, as well as among some Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians.   Instead of "hello" or its equivalent, one is to greet another person with "Christ is Risen!", and the response is "Truly, He is Risen" with an embrace and a kiss or two or three.
Latin:  Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!                                                                                             English:  Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Encourage youth to pass the peace to one another at different times during your gatherings.   Read John 20:19-21 and share the history and meaning of passing the peace.   Suggest they try out passing the peace in a few ways: shaking hands, embracing (if they feel comfortable), holding hands in prayer pose and bowing to one another, or holding both hands of the other person.   In each pose, ask people to look at the other person and say, “The peace of Christ be with you.” In sharing the peace of Christ in this structured way, no one is left out and all are welcome to participate as they wish.

Jesus’ peace is the way we remember the life of the one for whom we are named. 

This icon of friendship is from the third century and depicts Jesus with his arm around one of his followers.  Passing the Peace.

© This prayer practice and all of those on the Sunday Morning Blog Post can be found in:  "Go Deep: Spiritual Practices for Youth Ministry" Wood Lake Publishing
Doris is the Youth Director for the United Church of Canada in BC. 

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Lest We Forget

Do you remember? Did you forget? Consider not just how you got to where you are today but WHO helped you get to where you are today.

My bad. I admit it, I forgot. A little lady 5 foot 1, petite frame with that Newfie wild in her eyes. Gloria House was my first mentor in active youth ministry. I completed my practicum at a church in the East end of Calgary under her watchful eye. Two weeks ago I visited her in Blackfalds, I’m glad I made the call because she didn’t have much longer to live.

I sat down on her bed and she hadn’t changed a bit, well physically she had but that mischievous glimmer in her eye confirmed that her spirit had not. I asked her a litany of questions and was amazed at all that she was doing in her community and the impact she was still having with youth. Gloria started an after school program for students in Blackfalds Alberta. She was working with over a hundred students from the community and at the same time raising up other leaders. When her health turned for the worst, the centre was already in someone else’s care never skipping a beat.

After I returned home the next day, I read this dreaded passage in Genesis.

The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. Genesis 40:23

For how long? Two full YEARS!

Holy Spirit asked me, “Alison, who have you forgotten? Who has helped you get to where you are today that you have not remembered?” As I reflected on that question, Gloria came to mind and I realized so much of what I’m doing today is what she had modeled and mentored me in. Gloria was crazy creative and inventive, her heart was for community kids. She was a foster parent, and enjoyed youth who didn’t fit into the Christian cookie cutter mold. I remember hearing about fights breaking out on youth nights with the Jr. High group that she oversaw. No Friday night was ever boring. Nothing in my education could prepare me for this but Gloria did. I watched Gloria handle situations with a firmness but always extending grace. She was small, but powerful and students respected and loved her.

“Who have you forgotten? Who has helped you get to where you are today that you have not remembered?”

I didn’t realize it until now but I am where I am today because of her influence. As I describe her, I see me! I see God’s hand in it all and how he intentionally put me in her care. Gloria didn’t hesitate to cross over religious rules in the church to reach and love students just like Jesus did. To this day, I am partial to Ragamuffin youth and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get the message of truth and love through. Though we’ve been a part for over 10 years. I marvel at how I’ve followed in her steps without even knowing it.

Holy Week is a time of reflection looking back and remembering what we dare not forget; Christ’s work on the cross which is why we are where we are today. In this process of detoxing Egypt, so that we can move forward, stop to take a moment to see God’s hand in your life and the specific people he brought across your path to mentor you in the way HE wants you to go.

Who have you forgotten. Who helped you get to where you are today? Perhaps you remembering could be a turning point for them. Phone that person, email them, or leave a message on facebook to let them know you have not forgotten them and that you are thankful for how they’ve shaped your life. Lest We Forget.

Youth Speaker, Writer and Founder of the Young Woman of Power Conference, Alison is Inspiring Teen Greatness with a focus on youth in the community. With 15 years of experience her mission is to raise up a Generation of Confident Youth.

http://www.inspiringteengreatness.com

Honouring the life of Gloria House an incredible youth worker and role model recently awarded by her Community the Legacy Award.





May 12 1952 – April 05, 2012

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DO YOU KNOW HOW VALUABLE YOU ARE?





Do you know how valuable you are?

We all long to have value, to feel worthy of love and respect. There are two kinds of value, however: ‘intrinsic’ and ‘extrinsic’ value. If we say something has ‘intrinsic’ value, we mean that it has value in and of itself – it is valuable simply because it is what it is. We find intrinsic value, for example, in things that are beautiful, costly or rare. A painting by Vincent Van Gogh has intrinsic value because it is a thing of rare artistic wonder. On the other hand, we say that a thing has ‘extrinsic’ value when it has value simply because it can perform a certain function. This kind of value is based on the performance of some task, or living up to some expectation. Extrinsic value is fickle: once a thing stops performing properly we discard it. There are millions, even billions, of people in this world who feel that the only value they have is the extrinsic kind. If they stop ‘doing the job’, if their performance fails to match up, they think they’ll be thrown onto the scrap heap. Human beings crave intrinsic value. We want to be loved and prized for who we are, not for what we can do.

An oft quoted verse from the Bible Romans 3:23-24 says; 'For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.’

That’s the good news of Christianity. It’s not by our works that we’re made right with God. He doesn’t love us because we’ve earned it. His love, his acceptance, is based purely on his grace, his favour. We were fallen, yes, but we were still worth dying for, simply because he chose to love us! You have intrinsic value, because God thinks so much of you that He sent His son Jesus to pay your debt of sin on that cruel cross so many years ago. Your gift of salvation might be free but it cost Jesus everything to purchase your freedom – don’t forget that this Easter weekend.


Anthony Does is a digital immigrant who writes a regular blog for his congregation as Lead Pastor of Bethel Church / Lindsay Ontario.
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Emulating Mary’s “Yes”: God Doesn’t Call the Qualified, He Qualifies the Called

Last Monday, March 26 was the Annunciation, the Christian celebration of the announcement by the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ. Despite being a virgin, Mary would miraculously conceive a child who would be called the Son of God.

As my friend and colleague Tom East said so well, “I think this is an important day for us as youth ministers. We have the chance to be like Gabriel and bear God’s message of love and promise to teenagers. We speak on God’s behalf as we tell a young person: you are beautiful inside and out, and God has a plan for your life. What a privilege, this ministry we share.”

Last week's feast day gave me a chance to spend some time reflecting on my calling as a Catholic youth minister. Continuing the thoughts expressed by Tom, not only do we have a chance to be like Gabriel, but we are also like Mary.

We may struggle with our calling sometimes, especially when things don’t go as well as we like. We fret about numbers. We worry about logistics. And we stress about our talk or teaching falling flat.

But we can learn a lot from Mary, especially in her faithfulness and trust in what the angel Gabriel was saying. We, like Mary, may consider ourselves unworthy or unqualified. But we are comforted knowing that God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called!

And it’s not just the trust and faith that we have for ourselves. It’s the same trust we have when we defer an important teaching to another youth ministry leader, it’s the same confidence we have in allowing a grade seven student greet the Archbishop at Spirit Day, and it’s the same faith we have that we are indeed making a difference in the lives of young people.

We are blessed indeed, we are truly highly favoured. And it has nothing to do with us…it has everything to do with God.

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30).

So when we’re asked if we like what we do or if we feel we’re making a difference…may our answer always be a resounding “YES!”


Clayton Imoo is husband to Gail and father to sons Sean Isaiah and Jacob Isaac and daughter Kayla Marie.  He has served as the Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver for the past ten years.  Learn more about him at http://www.claytonimoo.com or follow him @claytonimoo
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Facing Feedback or I Want to be Like Jiro

Over the past three months I have been doing a 'post preach' debrief session with one or two other leaders. 


Its nothing crazy, after youth we grab a seat at a coffee shop or restaurant and I get feedback on the talk.


This has been one of the most difficult and helpful exercises to help me grow as a speaker and youth worker.


I recently watched a documentary called "Jiro Dreams of Sushi". Jiro is an 85 year old sushi chef from tokyo and he is considered, by some critics, as the best in the world.


He has been making sushi for more that 70 years and he says that he is still trying to improve his craft.  


I want to be like Jiro:  Always improving. 


Of course, all of this applies to more than speaking.  The same can be said of our small group questions, games, worship, leaders training and every other component of our youth ministry.


Here are some ways to help receive good feedback


1. Ask Good Questions
Don't sit down and aimlessly discuss the youth night. 
Approach each aspect specifically and ask pointed questions
-What worked well?
-What did not go well?
-What can I do better next time?
The more specific the better! For example consider the preach.
-How was the introduction?  Did it grab the audience?
-Did the analogy make sense?
-How was my tone?
-Was the application age appropriate?
-Did i accomplish my goal of "..."?
etc. 


2. Pick the Right People
The people that you welcome to give you feedback is crucial.  Pick people who are honest - you need someone who won't tell you the stuff you want to hear. Pick people you trust - you need to know that they have the right motives and they are not looking to tear you down.  


3. Just Take It
This is the hardest part for me.  I am always tempted to explain away every piece of feedback and provide an explanation for everything I did or did not do.  If you do this you will never get anywhere and over time those giving you feedback will get fatigued and give up and you will never become better.  


4.  Do Better
Getting the feedback is like ripping off a band aid -Its stings but it goes quick.  Applying the feedback is like doing physiothearapy - it can be slow going and uncomfortable. We all have patterns and part of applying feedback is breaking those patterns and building new ones.  
To make changes we have to be intentional.  For me, I need to take time to chew on the feedback on separate occasion.  Soak it up, wright it down and pick it up latter.  



Jason is the director of campusfire, a ministry partnering with local churches to empower high school students to reach their schools. Jason graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2010. He has been married to Rachael for two and a half years.  They have a desire to see students live out their faith in the midst of culture, and to encourage them to lead their friends to Jesus.

www.campusfire.com


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Modelling Generosity For Students



I, like you wish I owned a t-shirt that says "I tithe online" so that when I pass the offering plate that people would know that I do give to my church, just not in both services and not on Sunday morning.

That being said, I believe that modelling stewardship and generosity to students as a regular fixture of Pastoring them is vital to their growth as young Christians. High School students need to understand that while they feel that what little they have can make very little difference overall, we can help them understand that stewardship and generosity involves more than just our treasure (money) but also our time and talent as well.

I remind students that chances are that they have more time than money and what they do with that is their choice, but is ultimately a form of worship. With money we need to help students find ways to give, even a small amount and helping them understand the impact that it can have when many give what they can, big things happen.

This is why we have been talking about CHIMP Fund at our youth group lately. Its been tremendous to see students gifting money to one another with the purpose of empowering their friends to use that money to bless other organizations and charities. Students are able to support causes they believe in and encourage friends, parents, classmates to do the same.

You should really check out CHIMP fund and see what it could do for your students and developing their passion towards living a generous life.

Geoff Stewart is the Youth Pastor at Peace Portal Alliance Church in Surrey B.C. where he oversees Journey Student Ministries. He is married to Lavonne and they have two cats, Norman and Puff Daddy. Geoff Blogs all over the place and tweets often, but not TOO often. Follow him on twitter @geoffcstewart.




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Going Slow with Dr. Low


Tomorrow is Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent before the Season of Easter.  The word holy in Greek & Hebrew refers to “that which has been set apart”.  It could be a person or event or building which has been set apart for a special purpose, usually religious and usually in reference to worshiping God.  It is the idea of someone or something being separate from the ordinary, something sacred.  This is what Holy Week is supposed to be, a special week set aside that looks and feels different than the rest of the year as we prepare to honor the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Weekend.

You can't set something apart or make something special without slowing down long enough to pay attention to it and savor it.  This is why Christmas and Easter often sneak up on people so quickly and are over before you know it.  Holy Week is designed to slow us down and help us focus on Jesus so the Easter Celebration becomes a deeper, more meaningful experience rather than just another long weekend where we eat turkey and go shopping.


Over the next several days I encourage you to take a few hours, or at least several minutes, to focus more on Jesus than you normally would so that this week leading up to Easter would be holy indeed - set apart as a special time of personal prayer and reflection.

God bless you during Holy Week.
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Bullying in Youth Ministry

What do you teach from the bible about bullying?

If you don't have a plan, get one. Don't know where to start? Contact me, I'll help you. If you don't think it's worth teaching or even addressing in youth ministry, you should step out of your role in youth ministry and find another vocation?

Why do we only care about the spiritual lives of the kids in our youth groups and not their physical and emotional needs as well?

The Bully Project is in select theatre today.
MUST SEE movie for all youth workers.

Jeff Smyth is husband to Heather and father of one active boy Nathan. He has been involved youth ministry leadership for 15 years in both the local church and non-profit areas of Canada. He has been serving for the past 3 years as the coordinator of community initiatives with DOXAToronto.com the Scarborough are of Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC). Learn more about him by visiting his blog ThinkYouthMinistry.com or follow him @jeffsmyth
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I knew it! :) 5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Nap Every Day http://ow.ly/9XAPU
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Giving Back

I used the charitable-giving website, CHIMP, a few weeks ago to send a donation to the camp I spent every summer at as a kid. This camp, Gull Lake Baptist Camp, was so central to my development as a person and a Christian - it shaped me in the deepest and most meaningful ways during my most formative years. Most of my closest relationships to this day (including my wife) began at summer camp over 20 years ago. I am now sending my two boys to camp every summer because I know what a valuable experience it is for them on so many levels.

When given the opportunity to send a donation through CHIMP it didn't take long to know who I wanted to send the donation too - I love supporting Gull Lake Baptist Camp because I know they shape hundreds of lives every year.

What I like about giving through CHIMP is it's so easy to use and has so many features. One of the best features is being able to send money to a friend or family member for them to donate to the charity of their choice. We all have friends or family members who do things for us but refuse to accept money from us, like parents or grandparents. CHIMP allows us to say thank you by sending them a donation to pass onto whomever they'd like.

Check it out here!
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Praying Passionately for Daniel Sedin: A First-Hand Account

Much has been made in the last couple of days about the Passion Vancouver event that took place at Rogers Arena last Friday evening and in particular the prayer for concussed-Canuck Daniel Sedin led by the founder of the Passion Movement, Louie Giglio.

And while a couple of blogs have done a decent job of presenting and analyzing what happened, I can offer you a perspective that they can’t:  a first-hand account as I was present at the event. Not only was I in attendance at the Passion event, I also attended a pre-event dinner hosted by Louie.  But more on that later.

As part of my job as the Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, I sat on the Advisory Team for Passion Vancouver.  Per the official website, “Passion exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation.”

We had been meeting and praying for the success of the event for months prior to last Friday and as a gracious gesture of appreciation I was invited to the pre-event dinner held in the Rogers Arena Captain’s Room.  I met a lot of great people including Miss Canada 2011 Tara Teng.



One of us seems a tad happier than the other.  But I digress.

During the dinner, Louie Giglio went out of his way to thank all of us for our work and service in helping bring Passion to Vancouver.  He mentioned that Vancouver is the only city outside of the United States where Passion has held events three times – largely in part to the willingness of the Aquilini family to host the event in Rogers Arena.  Louie thanked Paolo Aquilini (who was in attendance at both the dinner and the concert) and then segued into talking about the Vancouver Canucks and their massive popularity here.  He then reflected on how his hometown of Atlanta was particularly good at grooming NHL teams to move to Canada (the Flames and more recently the Jets).  I chuckled as Louie said “So once we get another team we’ll get them ready and ship them back up to you.”

As dinner completed we hastily made our way to our seats in the Arena…but not before I snapped my picture with Tara.  Okay…I’ll stop mentioning that now.

After worship leader Chris Tomlin opened the event, Louie made his way onto the stage with a couple of items in his hands.  One, we quickly learned, was a Canucks jersey signed by the entire team  – a gift to Louie from Paolo and the Vancouver Canucks.



The other was the helmet of injured forward Daniel Sedin.  Louie didn’t announce how he obtained the helmet; needless to say it was likely with the permission of Paolo Aquilini after the Passion organizers held their pre-event prayer time in the Canucks’ dressing room.



After publicly thanking the Aquilini family in front of the 12,000 people in attendance, Louie shared a few words about the Canucks and Atlanta’s knack for losing their hockey teams to Canada (similar to what he shared with us at dinner).  Then, he suggested that we pray for Daniel’s recovery from his concussion.



After allowing for 35 seconds of spontaneous prayer, Louie led the attendees in a prayer of thanksgiving for the Aquilini family and for the arena, the city and team.  He ended off by praying for Daniel’s recovery.  At the time, I felt that it was a very powerful and genuine gesture.  It didn’t feel out of place for the main reason that this was a gathering of Christians praying for a Canuck player AND NOT a gathering of Canucks fans with some Christian prayer in it. There is a HUGE difference.  If people were not interested in praying for Daniel’s recovery then it was their prerogative not to join in…much like any other element of the night.

Also, Louie didn’t pray for the Canucks to win their next game, to win a playoff series or two, or to win the Stanley Cup.  He didn’t pray for Daniel the hockey player; he prayed for Daniel the human being.  For full healing and recovery.  For goodness and fullness of life.  For his heart, and everything going on his life.
You’ll hear from the video Louie saying “And we pray God that You just let him know…there are people praying for him tonight – not for what he can do, not for how he can score, not for how many assists he has, but we just love him tonight God because he is Yours.”

Immediately after the prayer concluded, I was happily surprised at what had just transpired.  It was quite moving to be among 12,000 people praying together.  I went to both Twitter and Facebook with a simple post:

12,000 people at Rogers Arena praying for the health of Daniel Sedin…powerful stuff.
Unbeknownst to me, my buddy Joseph posted the video up in the Canucks.com message boards and in 24 hours it had accumulated over 13,000 views and 300 replies.  Everyone seemed to have an opinion as to its appropriateness, its effectiveness, or its relevance.  It’s come to be expected when talking sports and faith.

Was the prayer genuine?  Absolutely.  Was it a way to show Vancouver that Passion was in tune with the city and culturally relevant?  Without a doubt.  Was it a strategic and smart way to engage the crowd?  Certainly.

And I loved every minute of it.


Clayton Imoo is husband to Gail and father to sons Sean Isaiah and Jacob Isaac and daughter Kayla Marie.  He has served as the Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver for the past ten years.  Learn more about him at http://www.claytonimoo.com or follow him @claytonimoo
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Money for Monkeys

One of the coolest gifts I have ever been given was some Chimp money.
chimp money is not a currency that is used by chimps.
Chimp is a online tool that allows you to give money away in a fun and thoughtful way.
I got an email one day saying that my friend gave me $30 to give away through chimp.
I signed up and there it was, thirty big ones, sitting in my account ready to be given to any registered charity I wanted.  I spent half an hour looking through different charities that I like.  I think I gave that first gift to a ministry called Gospel for Asia.  Since then, I have been able to use chimp as a platform to share the fun of giving with others and to help my wife and I give more thoughtfully.
Another thing i love about chimp; when I give to chimp, I get one tax receipt at the end of the year and I can give to organizations anonomously so I don't end up on lots of mailing lists, even though it feels cool to get mail.

Chimp is one little tool that can help create a culture of generosity.

You can find out more about it at chimpfund.com


Jason is the Director of Campusfire and Youth Alpha in Canada. He and his wife Rachael live in langley.  
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Students Long To Be Known

If you have been in students ministry for any amount of time, you know that relationships define the existence of teenagers. They live and die by the drama, by the BFFs and new worst enemies and it’s a constant wave of excitement and devastation as the seasons of their friendships come and go. We have all been teenagers before and know how vital those relationships are and how important friends are to having a great or miserable high school experience.

With the understanding of the value of relationships we need to be abundantly aware that students who come to our youth groups are less concerned with our deep v-neck worship team and sweet stage setup and more about finding meaningful friendships. The stats for adults and teens are similar in that a student will likely try your youth group 3 times and will leave if they d o not make a meaningful friendship in that time.

For us reaching out to community students, how will we ever help students enter into a relationship with Jesus if we can’t even help them develop a friendship with another student. Fellowship is very underrated and the more that we can help foster community, the more we can foster relationship and the more we can foster a culture where students are known. Where students know each other’s stories, know their past and pray for their future. Where students understand that they are acceptable because of Jesus.

Geoff Stewart is the Youth Pastor at Peace Portal Alliance Church in Surrey B.C. where he oversees Journey Student Ministries. He is married to Lavonne and they have two cats, Norman and Puff Daddy. Geoff Blogs all over the place and tweets often, but not TOO often. Follow him on twitter @geoffcstewart.

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