Thursday, May 31, 2012

Effective Ministry Takes Time

The average youth pastor spends 18 months at a church before moving on to the next one.  It is extremely difficult to establish an effective, lasting ministry that empowers students and builds leaders in that amount of time.  Doug Fields, the godfather of student ministry, says it takes 3-5 years to earn trust and develop an effective ministry.  

As a youth pastor I have lived through the process of gaining trust and being seen as a leader to my students.  Students are very reluctant to trust a new leader (especially if the former youth pastor was well loved).   Here is what you can expect when you’re new to a church as a youth pastor:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Why Invite Your Friends To New Camp?

Hank Interviewing Kyle & Brandon
One of the best things about pastoral ministry is seeing Jesus change lives. To see people meet Christ in a real, life-altering way is what it's all about for me.

What makes it even better is to partner with people who want to see that happen. One of our small group leaders, Hank Bailey, who has two kids in our ministry asked me a couple years ago why we charge $350 to attend camp when salvation is a free gift.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Can I Lose My Salvation?

Click here to watch video of message.
This week at xlm we asked the question, "Can I lose my salvation?" examining the Scriptures for answers.  This question has sincere believers on both sides.  

I can remember when I was first challenged on this issue in middle school.  It made for some robust dialogue (nothing quite like 13 year old theologians vehemently defending their positions!)