Josh Greene, Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church Fairdale, gives helpful and practical advice about how a youth ministry can get into and have a presence in the local schools in the community. While schools provide incredible potential for outreach and ministry, many of our churches fail to have a lasting or recognizable presence on campus. May Josh’s wisdom from experience challenge and excite our own ministries to reach out more effectively to our schools.
I recently was asked to come speak to a college class (in the Youth Ministry department) about being involved on the school campuses near our church. In other words, they wanted to know how did I and how do I approach getting into and being at the middle schools and high schools in our area.
Let me first say that I really enjoy this topic. Some of the biggest and best ministry opportunities of our day are the public schools. However, I do not claim to be an expert. Not at all. I just enjoy it. And in my 10+ years of doing student ministry among the same schools in the same area, here is what I have learned. These 4 points are what I taught the class:
These 4 points (Visible, Vibrant, ‘Vailable, & Vocal) should be helpful to you as you attempt to make a difference on the middle & high school campuses around you! May God give us grace and favor to get into people’s lives and make a difference the way we see Jesus doing this in his earthly ministry. “For the Son of man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:45
This post originally appeared on Josh’s personal blog.
In this panel B21′s Jon Akin sits down with Edgar Aponte, Director of Hispanic Leadership Development and Instructor of Theology at SEBTS, Rhyne Putnam Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at NOBTS, and Steven Smith Vice President for Student Services and Professor of Communication at SWBTS to talk about meeting the distinct challenges of the 21st century. Among the topics discussed are gay marriage, religious liberty, and the challenges to expositional preaching. Join the conversation as these key thinkers discuss the unique challenges presented to our lives, our ministries, and our churches.
B21 would like to thank the Cooperative Program for hosting such pertinent, timely, and engaging discussions at their convention booth. They have made all of their video sessions available for free online. Make sure you avail yourself of these great resources!
Matt Stewart, the Senior Pastor of South Shore Baptist Church in Crownsville, MD, has reviewed the recently released book PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones. Baptist 21 expects you will find this book a helpful addition to your ministry of engaging and articulating to others the grace of God and your own sanctification in being transformed by this great and glorious grace.
Check out this video where Daniel Montgomery explains the inspiration and purpose, the review below, and the book, PROOF.
Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones. PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. 224 pp. $16.99
In this panel B21′s Jon Akin leads a discussion concerning the Great Commission Resurgence and SBC state conventions. Headlined by leading voices–the newly elected SBC President Ronnie Floyd, the President of SEBTS Danny Akin, Lead Pastor of FBC West Palm Beach Jimmy Scroggins, and the Kentucky and Illinois state execs, Paul Chitwood and Nate Adams respectively–this panel tackles the controversial and often heated discussion of state conventions’ cooperation and the GCR, especially as it concerns financial allocations. As pastors and laypeople alike are concerned with where their money is going, listen in as these key figures in the SBC continue the much needed conversation.
Dean also surveys the different responses of churches to this issue in his blog post “Preaching Homosexuality: Four Kinds of Churches.” In this witty and piercing post he breaks down the field into four camps: The Macklemore Church, The Wrecking Ball Church, The MC Hammer Church, and finally The Ring of Fire Church. A timely and helpful piece on a difficult issue.
How will you respond to this increasingly heated issue? How will your church? B21 is thankful for people like Dean Inserra and the ERLC for keeping the dialogue going.
NOTE: Dean Inserra will be one of the speakers at the ERLC National Conference: “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage.” The conference is designed to equip Christians to apply the gospel on these issues with convictional kindness in their communities, their families and their churches. This event will be held at the iconic Opryland Hotel on October 27-29, 2014. To learn more go here.