- Amanda and I still don't know what our baby is going to be. On the bright side (for her anyway), she gave blood for the last time!
- Youth Camp is coming up really fast. I love Camp, despite the extreme fatigue that I will have to fight off on the drive home.
- The CM Camp will be this weekend. We're going to my old stomping ground: Coffee County. We'll be ministering in the service at my granddad's church Sunday night, then doing our own thing the next two days.
- I am convinced that the kids of VRC are great. Wouldn't trade them for anyone else.
- I've already started working on the soulimpact calendar for next year. I'm hoping to have it completely (well the big stuff anyway) finished by August.
- This July, we're going to be having "Open Mic" nights in youth. It will be an opportunity for the teenagers to get up and say what they feel God wants them to say.
- I'll be using July to study up and plan out the preaching calendar for 2010. I've already got some ideas, but I'm going to do my best to get a lot of background stuff done.
- School's just gotten out and I'm already excited about the next school year. We've got some pretty cool stuff planned (including a water-ballooning). It's going to be awesome
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Awareness: The church (which is the people) can't meet each other's needs if they don't know what those needs are. We talked about developing a website, a catalog, or even a simple bulletin board where people can post their needs as well as the resources they have available to help others (finances, talents, skills, time, etc). I think small groups become even more critical, since they are an intimate setting in which people can be real about their needs in relationship with people who are committed to lifting each other up.
Practical Discipleship: When money is tight we've got to teach people to live on less. That means teaching on budgeting, cooking, and strategic shopping (fancy word for coupons). We can do classes, but I think the better approach is life on life mentoring.
Partnership: If the economy continues to struggle for some time, it will become more and more important for churches to cooperate by sharing resources rather than competing for them.
Hope: The Great Depression didn't just refer to a depressed economy. The term describes what happens to people emotionally. It is obvious that problems like disappointment, depression, fear, anxiety, and hopelessness are on the rise in our city. This is an opportunity for the church because we're hope dealers. It's time for a hope campaign.
Thanksgiving: If you focus on your problems long enough you start to think that's all there is. But let's be honest. Even in a recession we've got it better than most of the world. We're surrounded every day by real, tangible, gifts from God. It's time to stop complaining and start drawing closer to Jesus through praise and thanksgiving.