Some of the stuff that we have put millions of dollars into thinking it would really help our people grow and develop spiritually, when the data actually came back it wasn’t helping people that much. Other things that we didn’t put that much money into and didn’t put much staff against is stuff our people are crying out for.
We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between service, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.
Wow! What a confession. Here stands the leader of one of the most influential churches of our time publicly confessing that his church has made a mistake over 30 years of ministry. By their own admission, this seeker-friendly church has neglected to help their members go deeper in their faith.
Bill, thanks for your confession. That took guts.
It leads me to think further about a question that a group of youth pastors were asked this summer at a conference I attended in Panama City, Florida. Are we building students or student ministries?
Hybels referred to this as 'the wake up call of his life...' and I pray it sparks more conversation and offers more wake up calls to pastors, youth pastors and other ministry leaders around the globe.
I certainly don't have it right all the time. I make mistakes and rethink my ministry nearly daily. Is what I'm doing right? Am I being effective? Are we truly making disciples of Christ?
I read a question on a piece of curriculum a year ago and it has haunted me ever since. The responsibility that this question brings makes be cringe. Here it is . . .
If I go to your youth group for 6 years of my life, one hour a week... thats 312 hours! At the end of that time... what kind of foundation will I have? What will I know about God's Word? WILL I LEAVE CHANGED?
May God help us all as we lead.
Click here to view a video of Bill Hybel's "Wake Up Call" from the Summit.
Please take off your mask and eye coverings before approaching the counter!
We obviously have some people that are serious about Halloween. I mean, its Halloween-Eve but please people, wait to put on your mask until tomorrow. (LoL)
I thought this was incredibly funny.
I imagined all of the different characters they must have seen so far.
Just had to share!
Psalm 143:1-12 -- LORD, hear my prayer. In Your faithfulness listen to my plea,
and in Your righteousness answer me. 2 Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous in Your sight. 3 For the enemy has pursued me,
crushing me to the ground, making me live in darkness like those long dead. 4 My spirit is weak within me; my heart is overcome with dismay. 5 I remember the days of old;I meditate on all You have done; I reflect on the work of Your hands. 6 I spread out my hands to You; I am like parched land before You. Selah. 7 Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Don't hide Your face from me, or I will be like those
going down to the Pit. 8 Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning,
for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go, because I long for You.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, LORD; I come to You for protection. 10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.
11 Because of Your name, Yahweh, let me live. In Your righteousness deliver me from trouble, 12 and in Your faithful love destroy my enemies. Wipe out all those who attack me, for I am Your servant.
A few months ago I went hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a friend who is an incredible guide. We were headed to a specific campsite he had set up a head of time and we were hiking late at night, with no flashlight. About a mile into the three mile stretch it began to rain. My trail guide blazed ahead while I began to creep. Soon my friend had left me and I began to panic. I called his name constantly but there was no response. I soon quickened my pace but eventually thought I had wandered off the path. My guide soon responded and I was back on track and finished the hike.
Sometimes life gets very tough and we grow tired and weary. The Psalmist David seems to be experiencing a very difficult time in his life. He may seem like he has no direction, he is tired and very thirsty for God’s response. David; however, trusts in the Lord and seeks God’s will for his life.
Do you ever experience this in your life?
The hike I told you about was difficult for me. I was tired and became very frustrated and frightened because I thought I lost my guide and the circumstances (ie: darkness, no flashlight, an unfamiliar trail, rain) seemed overwhelming to me.
God is the best guide we could ever have. He knows what is best for us and will show us the way to go if we trust in Him. The best thing of all is that we will receive God’s unfailing love in what may seem like the most unbearable, uncertain times.
Teach Me Your Will is a devotional piece I have recently written for publication. Additional devotionals may be shared here periodically for the purposes of encouragement. Enjoy!
(c) 2007 by Terrace Crawford. Request permission from the author for reprint or use.
At the conclusion of our time together one pastor shared a video with us on creativity. It was an outstanding piece by a great speaker, Sir Ken Robinson. I will share it here.
I thought this piece was very thought provoking and am still processing but I would like to begin a dialogue about this. I think we not only have to think about this in terms of our educational system but also how we approach fostering that creativity in our ministries too. Please drop a comment and offer your thoughts.
About the speaker: Sir Ken Robinson, CBE (born in Liverpool in 1950) is a leading expert on innovation, creativity and human resources. He is the author of the books The Arts in Schools: Principles, Practice and Provision (which discusses the place of the arts in the schools' curricula) and Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (which, according to Arts Professional, "focuses on the widening gulf between academic institution teachings and the feelings, emotions and imagination that drive us as humans").
Filmed at the TED Conference. The Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference, held annually in Monterey, is a conference that now sells out a year in advance — and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world.
On Friday, Dave Daniels and I along with a few friends decided to enjoy a day at Busch Gardens. I decided to tackle the Griffon, the Gardens newest (and most fierce) dive coaster. Little did I know they had added something special for me.
This coaster takes you 205 feet straight up and 90 degrees straight down, that is after you dangle over 'the drop' for what seems like eternity. . .
If that weren't scary enough, on this particular day (and the time I rode it) there was a hornets nest that had been stirred up. Tons of hornets were flying and hovering over this drop! Isn't that crazy? If you don't think so, let me remind you, I'm allergic to hornets. Yea, it was crazy.
Click here for a videos, pictures and more of The Griffon.
Pictured above: Dave Daniels and I along with some friends on Apollo's Chariot. Dave is trying to kiss me? Our friend, Michael, is picking his nose.
I was personally emailed today by a friend who lives in San Diego who has had one friend lose their home already, while others are still in danger of losing theirs.
Please take a moment to pray for all of these folks who are in danger and who are seeking refuge.
Click here for a Google Map tracking the fires.
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Terrace Crawford, has been in youth ministry for over 15 years and currently serves as a full time Minister to Students at Crossroads Community Church, Yorktown, VA. At Crossroads Terrace's role not only includes ministry to teens but he also gives oversight to marketing and missions. He is also a part of the preaching team, frequently speaking in the weekend services. Additionally Terrace is currently an editor at ChurchLeaders.com and leads a national Coaching Network, mentoring youth workers who have been in the field 5 years or less.
As an advocate for mentoring Terrace’s passion to reach, encourage and equip people is fulfilled through the theme he has embraced on his blog: “Life on Life," at TerraceCrawford.com. There he seeks to unite next generation leaders and workers in the common goal of reaching the churched, the unchurched and the dechurched. His daily musings draw hundreds of hits and is featured on Alltop.com. Additionally, Crawford serves on the superior editorial team at ChurchLeaders.com, producing the very best content on the web for today's leaders!
Not content to limit his interactions to the virtual world, Terrace also seeks to mentor and resource youth workers and is currrently serving as a mentor for Life in Student Ministry's National Mentorship program. Additionally, Crawford serves on the board of directors for Recovery for the City International, an organization committed to promoting spiritual health and healing to addicts.
Terrace is a much sought-after-speaker for youth rallies, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, churches and conferences. In addition to intinerant speaking, he has been a contributing writer for Campus Life Magazine (Christianity Today), World Publishing Group and the CIU Connection. Prior to his current role on staff at Crossroads, Terrace was employed with WMHK-FM Radio in Columbia, South Carolina and also held a position as Director of Operations for a youth recreational facility in Camden, South Carolina.
Commonly referred to as "TC" (one of a 1,000 nicknames he claims), Terrace is an avid blogger, loves to read, meet new people, watching movies and television, and most importantly-eating chicken wings.
Born in a Christian family, Terrace was raised in church but it wasn’t until the age of fifteen that he realized what it meant to have a relationship with God. “Now I tell others how they can have a relationship with God and I enjoy getting to be a part of the experience. I am also an advocate for mentoring because I believe it is that ‘life on life’ experience that will bring about lasting change.”
Terrace is originally from Lake City, South Carolina (which he refers to as the City-o-Lakes -- even though there is no lake there), is currently single and lives in Yorktown, just minutes from Williamsburg, Virginia.
(Shawna Lawhorn, Regent University)
Today was the coolest day. At least it has been so far.
This morning I attended a special reception at LifeWay Christian Stores in Chesapeake, VA that they threw for church staff. They had lots of giveaways and discounts for everyone. I ended up walking out of there with lots of encouragment, a full belly (from the hearty continental breakfast they served) and about $75.00 worth of merchandise for only $2.62!
Later my friend Dave took me out for lunch!
Then in the afternoon I received two encouraging emails from friends and another encouraging word from someone I saw in person.
Wow, it has certainly been a great day. I have to question, is it December Uno already?
[ps] Even though it was a cool day, I am still not looking forward to 30.
I recall a time where I was speaking with a girl in college about prayer. She was telling me how she has different things she does to keep her prayer life interesting. She said ...
I have this custom that I do. I tag people's names up around my house. For instance, someone's name is on my mantle. Anothers is on my nightstand, etc. When I come face to face with that person's name I pray for them.
I thought that was the neatest idea. I immediately said ...
How about near the toilet? Anyone there? Can you put my name there? She laughed and said, actually your name is in my cupboard. Whenever I got to get a cup out of the cupboard I pray for you.
I was totally blown away. Here this girl prays for me and had been for a while and I had never prayed for her once. I was so humbled.
Earlier this afternoon I ran into a good friend. He began talking about prayer and how Jesus had convicted him recently of not spending time in prayer with his wife. He said ...
We have now committed to pray one night a week together. We pray for our children but we also pray for you.
Again, humbled. Humbled and need 2 pray.
If you don't know who I am referring to, Joel Osteen pastors the largest church in the United States. Over 47,000 people attend the church he pastors, Lakewood Church, in Houston, TX. He is a best-selling author, speaker and has been referred to as the "Spiritual Rock Star."
I talked with a pastor-friend the other day who had spoke negatively of Osteen for years. He now feels that he has been to harsh. I personally think we can find good in everyone; however, we must share our concerns when there are some. I will share mine here.
My main concern with Joel Osteen is that I don't feel he preaches the whole counsel of God. Osteen, as I will outline below, preaches primiarly about positive thinking. What he fails to share with his congregation is the whole counsel of God -- that yes, God is a God of love but God is also a God of judgement and that unless a man believes in Jesus Christ, that he was crucified and God raised Him from the dead you are crushed in your sin and will go to a place called hell.
Here's some of the good...
Here’s some of the bad...
KING: Because we've had ministers on who said, your record don't count. You either believe in Christ or you don't. If you believe in Christ, you are, you are going to heaven. And if you don't no matter what you've done in your life, you ain't.
OSTEEN: Yeah, I don't know. There's probably a balance between. I believe you have to know Christ. But I think that if you know Christ, if you're a believer in God, you're going to have some good works. I think it's a cop-out to say I'm a Christian but I don't ever do anything ...
KING: What if you're Jewish or Muslim, you don't accept Christ at all?
OSTEEN: You know, I'm very careful about saying who would and wouldn't go to heaven. I don't know ...
KING: If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They're wrong, aren't they?
OSTEEN: Well, I don't know if I believe they're wrong. I believe here's what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God with judge a person's heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don't know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don't know. I've seen their sincerity. So I don't know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.
Since this interview Osteen issued a public apology stating that he wants to be clear that he believes in Jesus and even quoted John 14:6, but this only came after he was inundated with calls and letters.
KING: I want to get to the seven steps. But when the people call you cotton candy theology. Someone said you're very good but there's no spiritual nourishment. I don't know what that means ...
OSTEEN: I think, I hear it meaning a lot of different things. One I think a lot of it is that I'm not condemning people. And I don't know, but Larry I talk, I mean every week in our church we're dealing with people that are fighting cancer, that have their lost loved ones. That are going through a divorce. I mean, I talk about those issues, and to me I don't see how it can get any more, you know, real than that. So I don't know what the criticism is.
KING: How about issues that the church has feelings about? Abortion? Same-sex marriages?
OSTEEN: Yeah. You know what, Larry? I don't go there. I just ...
KING: You have thoughts, though.
OSTEEN: I have thoughts. I just, you know, I don't think that a same-sex marriage is the way God intended it to be. I don't think abortion is the best. I think there are other, you know, a better way to live your life. But I'm not going to condemn those people. I tell them all the time our church is open for everybody.
KING: You don't call them sinners?
OSTEEN: I don't.
KING: Is that a word you don't use?
OSTEEN: I don't use it. I never thought about it. But I probably don't. But most people already know what they're doing wrong. When I get them to church I want to tell them that you can change. There can be a difference in your life. So I don't go down the road of condemning.
Osteen is sincere and a man who clearly loves God, his family and church. He has had amazing success and obviously has a platform in which he has the ability to share with the masses. However, Joel Osteen will be held accountable for everything he has or hasn’t shared. I am in no way personally attacking Joel Osteen. We have enough gossip and attacks on our own army of followers of Christ and I will not add to that.
Click here for a portion of last night's interview.
I anxiously awaited the season premiere of The Price is Right (which took forever to get here btw!) and it finally came yesterday with Drew Carey making his debut as the new host. I thought I'd share my thoughts on the show today on the blog.
Nothing about the show changed much. The colors of the set were probably the biggest change I noticed. I don't know that I expected radical change either. I mean, this is TPIR we know and love. Drew took the stage and the audience went nuts. Of course, they always seem to go nuts when Barker took the stage too.
Drew did a great job considering it was his first time. He seemed fairly comfortable and did a better job than I would have. Actually, it was the contestants who seemed disoriented to me. And the camera men. Some of the contestants didn't know where to go when they were on stage and Drew tried to be patient. Camera men should know not to follow them if they are looking like idiots but thats just me. Guess it made for good TV? One time was particuarly funny. At the first showcase showdown someone had just spun the 'big wheel' and didn't stand on the red dot on the floor and Drew was like "on the spot! stand on the spot!" It was almost like he was saying, "guys, I know you've watched this show before. c'mon!"
Another funny thing was this lady was playing a game and one of the items she had to bid on was medicine caplets. She was like "uh, whats that again?" and Drew was like "It's for constipation!"
As promised, Drew signed off reminding us to have our pet spade or neutered. Overall, pretty good job Drew. Once you get comfortable, it'll be slick.
Click here for a video clip I found on YouTube that is of this guy competing in the Showcase Showdown with Bob Barker and thinks he must be bidding on the entire set. It's funny.
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Ok, here's the thing. I went to the doctor two weeks ago for a routine check-up. Actually, thats a half-truth. I went because I thought I had a hernia.
So the doctor checks me out and the verdict was. . . "no, no hernia."
So then he says, "You know, I think you are a good candidate for the Gastric Bypass surgery." What?! I was totally taken off-guard by this. I mean, is he getting commission for these?
What is the Gastric Bypass?" Gastric bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the small intestine. You will feel full more quickly than when your stomach was its original size, which reduces the amount of food you eat and thus the calories consumed. Bypassing part of the intestine also results in fewer calories being absorbed. This leads to weight loss.
Here's the thing... I just need to cut down my portions. It's PC for TC baby (portion control). It's a bit less intense for me than surgery doc. Besides, I know a couple of people who have died from it (um, I'm ready to see Jesus but living is kinda nice too) and people who have this surgery done (I know several that have been very successful. MANY kudos to them. Seriously.) are forced to live on strict diets for the rest of their lives. I; however, have never really been on a strict diet. That could be the problem here...
Here are the risks noted in an online encyclopedia. . .
I appreciate the offer doc, but no thanks. I'll try sweatin to the oldies and eat like the french for a while to see if that works for me.
Labels: Health and Wellness
Ouch. Have you read the New York Times article entitled "Thou Shalt Not Kill, Except in a Popular Video Game at Church?"
(Photo: Kevin Moloney, NYT)
This article is very thought provoking. I've chewed on this quite a bit myself for a while already considering our student ministry just opened a recreational room in our church - complete with a Nintendo Wii. I'm still processing. . .
I thought Tim Schmoyer offered some good thoughts in his latest blog entry.
Read the New York Times Article here. Read Tim's Blog here.
We are scheduled to meet this Thursday and I'm stoked over the topic. Here is the teaser for this gathering:
This Thursday we gather for a fresh, new topic and some incredible fellowship around the table. Don't miss our discussion as we talk about student ministry in these post-modern times. Many youth pastors are attempting to do cutting edge ministry in a very traditional church setting. Others struggle to bring a balance of traditional hues to their emergent church. Traditional. Contemporary. Post Modern. Who can keep up? What does your ministry look like? Do you find yourself frustrated with creating a ministry atmosphere that you like? Does your student ministry atmosphere gel with your church? What the heck is emergent?
So, I'm interested to hear what everyone brings to the table. We podcast this thing and thats great because we can share with our friends across the country who may want to take part in our discussion.
If you have thoughts, please email me before Thursday and I may choose to share them with our network.
Check it out at www.studentministryroundtable.com.
Labels: Youth Pastors
Ronnie Herrick, Stephen Clark and I hung out in the Apple Store for a while this afternoon. Stephen decided to bypass the security blockage on a Mac in order to log onto his myspace. Within a moment an Apple Security Guard said "uh... there is a reason we have myspace blocked." Then the guard asked us to leave the store immediately.
Dove released a new video for their Campaign for Beauty; addressing the distorted perception our culture pushes of what beauty is all about.
Here’s the video (may not be viewable in RSS readers or email):
Ypulse has a great response to this on what the industry can do to stop this onslaught.
(ht to Tim Schmoyer)
|2010 DATES||LOCATION EVENT||MORE INFO|
|February 08-10, 2010||Youth Worker Retreat||Columbia,SC|
|February 14, 2010||Crossroads, Speaker||Yorktown,VA|
|Feb 24-March 01, 2010||Simply Youth Min Conference||Chicago, IL|
|March 12-13, 2010||Planet Wisdom||Washington, DC|
|March 29, 2010||Cornerstone Church, Speaker||Norfolk, VA|
|May 02, 2010||Crossroads, Speaker||Yorktown, VA|
|May 07-08, 2010||Ministry Consulting||Kansas City, MO|
|May 21, 2010||The Whiteboard Sessions||Virginia Beach, VA|
|June 13, 2010||Crossroads, Speaker||Virginia Beach, VA|
|July 4-11, 2010||Grace Bible Camp, Youth Speaker||Goshen, VA|
|August 22, 2010||Crossroads, Speaker||Yorktown, VA|
|August 29,2010||Trinity Church, Speaker||Covington, VA|
|October 1-3, 2010||Langley Air Force, Speaker||Chesapeake, VA|
|October 10, 2010||Crossroads, Speaker||Yorktown, VA|
|2009 DATES||LOCATION EVENT||MORE INFO|
|January 24, 2009||Pop Culture Seminar,Speaker||Virginia Beach, VA|
|January 28-29, 2009||ReFocus Retreat||Williamsburg, VA|
|February 22, 2009||Crossroads,Speaker||Yorktown, VA|
|February 23-25, 2009||Youth Worker Retreat||Columbia, SC|
|April 20, 2009||Warwick River Schools,Speaker||Newport News, VA|
|April 26, 2009||Crossroads,Speaker||Yorktown, VA|
|May 18-19, 2009||Youth Ministry Conference,Speaker||Richmond, VA|
|May 29, 2009||Summit Christian Schools,Speaker||Newport News, VA|
|June 13, 2009||Prayer Breakfast,Speaker||Norfolk, VA|
|June 14, 2009||Crossroads, Speaker||Yorktown,VA|
|July 4-11, 2009||World Changers,Speaker||Portsmouth, VA|
|July 05, 2009||Cradock Baptist, Speaker||Portsmouth, VA|
|July 20-25, 2009||Mission: Charleston,Coordinator||Charleston, SC|
|September 06, 2009||Crossroads,Speaker||Yorktown, VA|
|October 2-4, 2009||Men's Retreat||Goshen, VA|
|October 7-10, 2009||Catalyst Conference||Atlanta, GA|
|October 16-18, 2009||Student Ministry Retreat||Chesapeake, VA|
|October 28-29, 2009||Story Chicago||Chicago, IL|
|November 15, 2009||Crossroads,Speaker||Yorktown, VA|
|2008 DATES||LOCATION EVENT||MORE INFO|
|January 15, 2008||Norfolk Christian Schools, Speaker||Norfolk, VA|
|January 16-19, 2008||World Changers Retreat||Spartanburg, SC|
|March 5, 2008||First Norfolk, Speaker||Norfolk, VA|
|March 17, 2008||Holy Week Services, Speaker||Norfolk, VA|
|March 23, 2008||Gilead Church, Speaker||Lake City, SC|
|April 11-12, 2008||Disciple Now, Speaker||Va Beach, VA|
|May 22, 2008||WhiteBoard Sessions||Reston, VA|
|June 21-28, 2008||World Changers Norfolk,Coordinator||Norfolk, VA|
|June 30-July 4, 2008||LifeWay Camp||Spartanburg, SC|
|July 7-11, 2008||Vacation Bible Camp||Norfolk, VA|
|July 14-19, 2008||Mission Philly||Philadelphia, PA|
|July 24,2008||Camp Hope Haven, Speaker||VA Beach, VA|
|July 26-August 2, 2008||Mission Ohio||Logan, OH|
|August 14-17, 2008||Vacation||Florence,SC|
|August 29, 2008||Fundraising for MDA||Norfolk, VA|
|September 19-20, 2008||S3 Summit,Speaker||Lynchburg, VA|
|September 25, 2008||St Paul's Methodist,Speaker||Cambridge, MD|
|September 27, 2008||Rock Your School Rally,Speaker||Virginia Beach, VA|
|October 8-10, 2008||Catalyst Conference||Atlanta, GA|
|Nov 27-Dec 01, 2008||HolidaysVacation||South Carolina|
|Dec 22-29, 2008||HolidaysVacation||South Carolina|