Have your way

This is my prayer dear Lord please please have Your way.

“Have Your Way”

Feels like I’ve been here forever,
Why can’t you just intervene,
Do you see the tears keep falling?
And I’m falling apart at the seams,
But you never said the road would be easy,
But you said that you would never leave.
And you never promised that this life wasn’t hard,
But you promised you’d take care of me,
So I’ll stop searching for the answers,
I’ll stop praying for an escape
And I’ll trust you God with where I am
And believe you will have your way,
Just have your way,
Just have your way,
My friends and my family have left me
I feel so ashamed and so cold,
And I feel so ashamed and so cold
Remind me you take broken things and turn them into beautiful
So I’ll stop searching for the answers,
I’ll stop praying for an escape
I’ll trust you God with where I am,
And believe you will have your way,
Just have your way,
Just have your way,
Even if my dreams have died,
Even if I don’t survive,
I’ll still worship you with all my life,
My life, yeah,
Whoa, oh, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh
And I’ll stop searching for the answers,
I’ll stop praying for an escape
And I’ll trust you God with where I am,
And believe you will have your way,
Just have your way,
Just have your way, yeah
I know you will,
I won’t forget
Whoa, oh, oh
You love me,
Have your way,
Yeah
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Three Convictions About Children’s Ministry – Perry Noble

Perry Noble said this and I have to agree with him. I wondering why the children and youth ministries are always the ones that get the leftovers and they are the ones to have the budgets cut first.

It seems to me that the Church is missing the point!

Here are three convictions I have about children’s ministry…

#1 – If you want to reach kids…then you’ve got to spend money on them. It BLOWS me away that church world always seems to be scratching our heads and wondering why kids FLOCK to Disney (even the Baptist ones) but they don’t flock to church. MAYBE it’s because Disney spends “squillions” of dollars on them…and many churches have more money in their graveyard fund than they do their children’s budget. We will spend money on what is important…and I think children’s (and student) ministry is THE most important mission field in the church.

#2 – If you want to reach kids…they’ve got to have fun. When I was growing up “fun” and “church” were never used in the same sentence; therefore, as soon as my mother died and I didn’t have to go to church anymore…I didn’t. Kids are not growing closer to Jesus by being forced to sit and listen…or by coloring (with crayons provided by their parents). They should want to come to church, should look forward to coming to church…and so we unapologetically go all out every week to make sure these kids have a GREAT time.

#3 – If you want to reach kids…they’ve got to learn something. I’ve told our children’s ministry that when parents come pick up their kids that they will ask two questions – the first will be “did you have fun,” and the second will be, “what did you learn?” I think told our children’s team…make sure kids can answer both in a positive way…and THAT’S a win. (BTW…a “WIN” is when the parents and the kids actually talk about what the child learned! When parents and the church work together…its an awesome team!

via Three Convictions About Children’s Ministry – Sunday Night Reflections :: Perry Noble | Leadership, Vision & Creativity.

AMEN!

Hey Pastor, Want A Successful Youth Ministry? :: Perry Noble

I wish and pray for a pastor who thinks this way. It is speaking my language.

#1 – I hired a leader, someone I could trust, someone I would not have to stand beside and make decisions for. Some pastors won’t do this because they need to be needed! AND…I made sure he was able to assemble the team he wanted around him…I did not hire for him!#2 – I made sure he was resourced. We don’t do car washes or bake sales…and we never have. I’ve read that over 85% of the decisions to follow Christ happen before the age of 18…if THAT ISN’T a ripe mission field then I don’t know what is. Churches don’t make the senior adults do a bake sale if they want to go somewhere…why in the heck do they make the students do it? By the way…it’s ALWAYS been this way, so please don’t email me with, “What did you guys do when you were small?” We took care of our students…period!#3 – I make sure he understands the vision of our church. I spend time with him…we go to lunch, he sends me texts that encourage the heck out of me. If he ever has a question about vision…he asks me.

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via Hey Pastor, Want A Successful Youth Ministry? :: Perry Noble | Leadership, Vision & Creativity.

What if the Church were Run Like an Airline?

–Valet parking:  $20 plus tip

–No Bible charge: $10

–Cell phone ringing during service:  $50 one time charge

–Late to service fee:  $10/pp

–“Sing that chorus one less time” request:  $20

–Nursery diaper change fee:  $5/lb.

–KJV upgrade to NIV:  $15

–U-PIC the sermon topic:  $250

–Hit job on the organist (rates vary per city/church)

–Online tithing discount rate:  8%

–Music Volume Up fee:  $20

–Music Volume Down fee:  $20

What would you add?

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Todd

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MondayMorningInsight – Leadership & Encouragement for Church Leaders.

Reading, stretching, and growing!

“Stop thinking of God’s will like a corn maze, or a tightrope, or a bull’s-eye” p25-26. Get it here

I read this earlier this week and I wanted to record some thoughts while I was thinking about it. I am been hoping to examine what God wants me to do next.

  • Am I to stay in a church ministry setting?
  • Is Army Chaplaincy the next step for my family?
  • Should I be looking for a non church job?

Update for this post. I am filling out a questionnaire for a possible youth pastor position.I am not totally sure I am I want to but I am willing to see what God might have planned for our family and my ministry.

I am working on my NAMB endorsement for military chaplaincy. I went by the Army recruiters office today [6-18-2010] and got my body fat measured. I have a 23% body fat. The Army allows 28%. I am really glad. I was really worried about having to lose 20 some pounds. I still want to lose some weight and get in shape but it is not such a vital thing. I meet all the qualifications for an Army chaplain.

I have also filled out at an application for Wells Fargo at the recommendation of a community group member who works there. I am not totally excited about the opportunity but it would mean full time and probably benefits until something else opened up.

9 Reasons Not To “Ask Jesus Into Your Heart” — SojournKids

9 Reasons Not To “Ask Jesus Into Your Heart”by Jared Kennedy on November 20, 2008

Your child lies in her snuggly warm bed and says, “Yes, Daddy. I want to ask Jesus into my heart.” You lead her in “the prayer” and hope that it sticks. You spend the next ten years questioning if she really, really meant it. Puberty hits and you only have more questions. She turns away from faith. You spend the next ten years praying that she will come to her senses. What went wrong?Of course, there is no way to guarantee that an early acceptance of the gospel will stick, and parents should not feel defeated when their adolescents question or even rebel against what they have been taught from a young age. However, we can be careful to avoid language that would give our children a false understanding of the gospel or a false impression about their own condition. If you’ve grown up in church setting, you have probably heard the phrase “ask Jesus into your heart” a thousand times—at evangelistic meetings or at the end of impassioned sermons. Perhaps you have seen it modeled as part of a gospel presentation. I have come to believe that the phrase “ask Jesus into your heart” can be dangerous way of calling someone to faith. Here are a few reasons why:

1. This kind of figurative language is not appropriate for most children.

2.  Salvation does not result from our asking but from what Jesus has done.

3.  The gospel is NOT primarily about Jesus’ work in our heart but about Jesus’ work in history.

4.  The gospel appeals to more than our emotions.

5.  Over-emphasizing a change of heart can actually discourage a child.

6.  The phrase “ask Jesus into your heart” is neither commanded in the Scriptures nor found as a description of conversion.

7.  God only saves those who turn away from sin and delight in his Son.

8.  Leading a child in a “sinner’s prayer” may give the child false assurance.

9.  Finally, this presentation robs God of his sovereignty.

via 9 Reasons Not To “Ask Jesus Into Your Heart” — SojournKids.

I read this and I thought this was a very well written and made a strong argument for not asking your child to accept “Jesus in their heart.” If you click on the link you can read their thoughts as they expand on each