Here are the videos we showed at COLLISION last night:
Here are the videos we showed at COLLISION last night:
Thanks to my co-worker, Anthony Archie, I recently found out that children in Tulsa who are rescued from sexual assault or domestic violence situations are given teddy bears by EMTs, the hospital staff, or DVIS, in order to help them feel a glimmer of comfort and hope in the aftermath of such a traumatic experience.
One representative from DVIS has said that not many churches help out in this area. Maybe it’s a taboo subject? Those reasons notwithstanding, at the KirkYouth Night of Impact we believe in worship, justice, and love. So we’re stepping in.
At 6:30pm on October 29 we will gather at Kirk Crossing for worship and will be collecting hundreds of new teddy bears to donate on the spot to a representative of DVIS. Night of Impact is open to any student (6th grade through college). And if you want to help us, please consider making a monetary donation to the KirkYouth department or drop off a new teddy bear at 4102 E 61st St, Tulsa, OK 74136.
And be in prayer that sexual assault and domestic violence would cease in my city so they don’t even have to give these bears away! But until that happens, let’s pray that these sweet kids that get a bear from KirkYouth know the love and the redemption of Jesus.
Starting on October 5 the Mid-High will be going through a 6-week series on the life of Joseph. Here’s what we’ll cover:
Week 1 – Overcome Betrayal – GENESIS 37:19-27; 39:1-2
Week 2 - … Temptation – GENESIS 39:3-12
Week 3 – … Being Forgotten – GENESIS 39:21-23; 40:5-8,20-23
Week 4 – … Hard Times – GENESIS 41:28-36,46-49
Week 5 – … Bitterness – GENESIS 45:3-11
Week 6 – … Earthly Mindset – GENESIS 50:15-21
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A former volunteer of ours recently got hired as a full-time youth pastor in another state. We’ve been keeping up with him regularly during the transition to help him win, and I got a text from him that said this:
still struggling a bit more with the middle school than high school. our students are very immature spiritually so i am trying to find out how to communicate to them and raise them up in a loving way
It seems like a legitimate concern. But I think often times our perspective as youth workers is easily off course. It really depends on what we mean by “immature spiritually.” Maturity, after all, is simply acting appropriate to your age.
So if we have an expectation fresh out of Bible college that a 13 year old with ADD wants to know what eschatology means, then I understand why we think teenagers are immature spiritually.
If we expect a 17 year old who’s life goal has been a D1 scholarship to suddenly skip practice for the youth pastor’s prayer meeting, then I understand why we think teenagers are immature spiritually.
What do we mean by “go deep?” What do we expect a spiritually mature student to look like? A college student? An adult? Ourselves?
See I think it frees us a LOT to remember how old our students are. And with their age comes their cognitive, emotional, and spiritual development as well. We can’t expect teenagers to be spiritually mature if what we mean by spiritually mature is having a college level education about inductive Bible study. They’re still trying to love Jesus and not look like a dork. So we can just show them why Jesus is better and not become frustrated when they don’t grasp the greek roots of a present active imperative verb.
They’re kids. Let them be.
Many of them are just now figuring out abstract illustrations. Tap the breaks on some of your stories.
Should we have high expectations of biblical literacy, spiritual understanding, and relational growth in Christ? Yes. But we should be equally ok with knowing that every single student is going to arrive at those milestones at different times and with different intensities.
Spiritually mature teenagers are the ones that have an appropriate understanding of God for their developmental stage. If they’re not as intellectual as we’d like that’s ok. That just means we need to be more intentional in recognizing our own expectations may actually be what’s hindering students from becoming spiritual mature.
Battle Room – Group Game
Battle Room is essentially sit-down-dodgeball. Students are divided into two teams. They have to sit in a stationary chair within the marked boundaries. In addition to normal dodgeball rules, if they get out of their chair for any reason, they are out. After round 1 we let them move their chairs wherever they wanted. One of the students moved to the back row of the other team’s side and they never noticed. He systematically took them out.
AutocoWRECKED – Up Front Game
Pick a category, any category. We used famous movie quotes from “The Lord of the Rings.” Now, pick two students that have a phone that WILL autocorrect. Bring them up on stage and blindfold them. Instruct the blindfolded students that you will read the quote (which they can’t see) and when you’re done reading they will race to type it in. Give 1 point to whoever finishes first and 1 point to whoever gets closest to the actual quote. Here are some examples of the results:
Actual quote: “One does not simply walk into Mordor – Boromir”
AutocoWRECKED result: “I’ve died not comply walk into boycott. Corgi mete”
Actual quote: “We swears, to serve the master of the Precious. We will swear on…on the Precious! – Gollum”
AutocoWRECKED result: “Sorry I screw the matters c the doub ducts she gdjrbdubendhgjybd eh.”