The Shell Shocked Pastor

It’s Wednesday. In about an hour, teenagers from all over town with all sorts of baggage will fill the youth room below my office. But that’s where I’m sitting. Shell shocked.

The recent pace of my ministry life has exponentially increased and really, I’m in a daze. I just want to go home and watch Parks and Recreation. But teenagers are coming AND the light are up AND the videos are cued AND the hot chocolate is ready AND…

They need me to be ON! …but do they? Or do they need a pastor that’s a human and not a game show host?

See, maybe I need to give myself permission to be as real as I encourage them to be.

  • You’re tired? Man, me too. Let’s do this together.
  • You kinda wish you were somewhere else? Man, me too. Let’s see what happens because we’re together.
  • You feel like you don’t have much to offer? Man, me too. Let’s be filled by Jesus together.

I don’t want to turn up when I feel like I barely want to show up. That’s hypocrisy. But when the students roll up I want the Holy Spirit to blow up any facade that prevents us from communing as the Church.

Including mine.

Review: Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples

Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples
Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples by Jim Putman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like the straightforward approach without all the forced language of the “revolutionary” and “organic.” I can’t wait to start trying this out in my youth ministry and see what kind of culture change it begins.

Because in my school of training, making disciples was drilled into us, so we all got it. At least, we got that it was important. This book has been a great help in understanding HOW to make disciples by recognizing at what “age” people are spiritually and going from there.

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Bible • ish

BIBLEish 16x9

KirkYouth is taking a break for Christmas, but when we get back, we’re starting right where we need to: in Scripture.  And in the series “Bible • ish” we’re going to look at some the most misused verses in the Bible.  These are the ones we chant in a locker room before a game, or the ones we throw on anything Mardel sells, or the ones we tag on to our prayers; we know they’re Bible verses, but we don’t quite have a full understanding of what they really mean.

Here’s where we’re going with it:

Week 1 – “Do not judge”
Week 2 – “God works all things for good”
Week 3 – “Where two or three are gathered in My Name”
Week 4 – “Do not take the Lord’s name in vain”
Week 5 – “I can do all things through Christ”

Don’t quote it if you don’t know it.  The series starts January 4th at 9:30am.  See you then!

2 Games from Last Night’s COLLISION

Battle Room (sit down dodgeball)

Battle RoomGroup 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 Game

AutocoWRECKEDUp 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.”