I finally finished Soul Searching by Christian Smith. This was a very insightful book, if nothing else I woudl recomend that any youth pastor read the conclusion and the unscientific post script. This is a really valuable book to have in your library. It’s a long tough trod, but well worth the effort.
Our church is going through a massive overhaul, changing the name, moving, and all that. And our student ministry is going through the same process. We introduced our new name last night at our youth service. we were fomerly called thryve, now we are >>beyond>> student ministries. Our goal in this ministry is to goContinue reading “>>beyond>>”
So I’ve been reading this book for a long time, it’s a slow reading researching book, about spirituality in the lives of American teenagers. And it looks at spirituality in many different faith context and how students look at their faith, and how it affects their lives. Today what I read disturbed me not justContinue reading “Soul Searching”
Last night at our youth service, we took communion. It was an incredible time of worship and reflection, and for the first time since I have been here I saw our students linger in the presence of God, students who never really take time to worship were singing, raising their hands. One Student even startedContinue reading “Communion”
Last night went really well. We recently combined our High School and Middle School groups into one supergroup, and we had the highest attendance since the merger. We still haven’t recovered all of our middle school students but we are working on it. It was really encouraging to see that we are still influencing theseContinue reading “Last night”