Are You Living Your Part?

July 11, 2008

If you are a young person reading this, have you asked yourself, “Am I living my part within the body of Christ?”  “Am I playing my part and living my role doing what God has made me to do?” 

Did you know that regardless of your age, maturation, skills, giftedness, and whether or not you have gone through puberty, that you are a part of the body of Christ? 

Ever since reading Do Hard Things and conducting some additional research upon the importance of responsibility in the life of a young person (see “What’s the big deal about young people being responsible?”), I was reconsidering how God does not divide the body of Christ into age categories.   

For example, we read in 1 Corinthians 12.12, 14, and 27 in the New Testament, 

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ…For the body is not one member, but many…Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

After reading this little blurb on the body of Christ, we must ask ourselves, “Has God set an age limit for a Christian to become an official part of the body of Christ?”

After reading this passage the resounding answer to the question is NO! 

With that being said, why don’t you take 1 1/2 minutes to watch the following video clip:

Since there are no age restrictions made by God in regards to one’s participation in the body of Christ, everyone needs to consider that:

  1. Everyone is a part of the body regardless of their age, sex, nationality, and feelings.
  2. Since everyone is a part of the body they have a purpose in it to serve God, for the fame of Jesus.
  3. If you are not living your part, then everyone one of us suffers, including myself, adults, and silverheads. 
  4. You, yes you, are the eyes, hands, feet, shoulders, and mouthpiece for Christ!

In reiterating the final message of the video, “ARE YOU LIVING YOUR PART?

If not, “Why not?” “Have you considered that your lack of participation is causing others to suffer?” “Did you know that if you are not living your part then you are missing out on what God has in store for you?”   

Since you are important and vital to the the body of Christ, then why not consider being more of an active part of it? 

If you worship with us at Perrow, then why don’t you click here and see how you can get plugged in! 

If you have any questions feel free to get a hold of me.


Role of parents and church in teaching children

June 24, 2008

At the moment I am working towards developing a “Family Worship Workshop.”  First, I have been studying the meaning of family in both the Old and New Testaments.  Next, I plan on taking a look at contemporary defintions of family.  In the meantime, here is a word from Andreas Kostenberger,

While there may be Christian Sunday school teachers and other significant teachers in a child’s life, parents must never go back on their God-given responsibility to be the primary source of religious instruction for their children.

For those of you that read this and are parents and/or guardians, I ask that you prayerfully consider how you are doing in passing on the faith to your children.  Simply dropping them off on Wednesday’s or Sunday’s will not do.  Our children must learn from our example in pursuing Jesus Christ.  We must step-up and incorporate the reading of God’s Word, prayer, service, and formal instruction in and through home.  If this means that extracurricular activities need to be cut, such as sports, and the calendar is cleared for certain day’s and times so that your family can gather together and worship God, then I encourage you to do it. 

If there is anything that I can help you with or pray with you about, please let me know. 

Remember, all that we do is by the grace of God and for the glory of God.

the last Christian generation and insanity

February 26, 2008

At the moment I am preparing for our adult training this Wednesday by reviewing a tremendous problem of such proportions that Josh McDowell has written a book about it titled The Last Christian Generation.  That’s right, the problem that we as Christians are facing is that we are “potentially” living within the last Christian generation here in America. 

How can this be?

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an interview with Scott Wilcher of the Upstream Project

February 5, 2008

The following is an interview conducted with the Founder and President of the Upstream Project Scott Wilcher.  Scott has 25 years of experience working successfully with young people.  He has served at two Evangelical Presbyterian Churches during his time and has recently served as an advisor to churches and youth pastors who desire to not only reach out to young people, but to see them committed to the Body of Christ for life.  

Scott is not only a professional colleague, but a dear friend.  I think the world of him and the work that he is doing.  I hope that you not only enjoy what he has to say, but I pray that you are enriched by it as well.

Scott: “I’m not Chicken Little saying “The sky is falling,” but I am the Rooster saying churches better wake up. We are losing 75-88% percent of our young people by age 25, depending on which survey you read. Simultaneously our population is aging. Folks are living longer, so churches are getting more mature members with the money and the influence to steer the church to their liking. Church leaders have to figure out how to shepherd both populations with different worship styles effectively. I think it’s an exciting time for the Church.”

As the Rev. Scott Wilcher talks, he becomes more animated and his speech grows faster. Wilcher is a man on a mission in Hampton Roads. His official title is the Executive Director of the UpStream Project, a ministry to help churches and families of Hampton Roads reach and retain the next generation for Christ.

Why did you call your ministry the UpStream Project?

“It’s a reference to God’s example of the salmon that fights against the current and past obstacles to make sure the next generation gets a good start, even at the cost of its own life. Basically I am trying to get churches to rethink youth and young-adult ministry. I haven’t nailed any theses on any doors yet, but it’s time for a reformation in youth and college ministry.”

“On the whole, youth ministry is not working. Kids are leaving churches faster than ever, even though we have more youth pastors than ever. Understand I don’t blame the youth leaders. They work really hard, but the system they work in is flawed or broken.”

So what’s broken exactly?

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purpose of family and youth ministry 2

February 5, 2008

It wasn’t that long ago when I wrote the first portion to the “purpose of family and youth ministry.”  What I have been most surprised about is the number of views that it has had.  Many views have come from the Perrow church family, but there have been many more that have come across it via the web. 

I wonder why so many people are interested about family and youth ministry?  There seems to be a lot of questions regarding why, but I wonder why there are so many who are unhappy and dissatisfied with traditional youth ministry? 

Personally, I have only been involved in youth ministry for over a year.  When I was a child and teen I never attended a youth group and when in college or graduate school I never assisted at one either.  So when I came on board here at Perrow Church I believe that I had really fresh eyes. 

I remember telling the Pastor Keith Cobb and the church session (those that are given the responsibility of governing the church) that I was not only humbled about having such an opportunity as this to serve, but how humbled I am when I look ahead and realize that I do not have the practical experience to carry out the task ahead of me. 

With that being said I have taken much comfort in God’s word that declares, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12.9).  Since His grace is sufficient for my task and His power is perfected in my weaknesses, I have been all the more gladly to boast in my own personal weaknesses and inexperience (2 Corinthians 12.10).  Not only that, but having such a strong support group has been most beneficial. 

Moving on.  When wrapping up my last blog on the purpose of family and youth ministry, I left with the question, “What happens to traditional youth ministry in light of a shift of responsibility from a youth pastor to the parents and caregivers?”  

For me this is a great question and one that I cannot answer thoroughly myself, but here we go.

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purposeful refresher part 3

January 29, 2008

Alright, I’m back. 

In the last “installment” of this weeks purposeful refresher, I ended by saying I would share what I believe to be the two biggest concerns about combining the 6th through 12th graders.  So here it is. 

Two of the biggest concerns that I hear among parents, caregivers, and the youth themselves is that the middle school youth go through different issues than the senior high youth and the middle school youth will experience a difficult time in transitioning into the combined gathering. 

I do agree with both of these statements in part.

Let me explain…

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purposeful refresher part 2

January 27, 2008

Second, what have we combined the 6th through 12th grades?  What’s the point and why does it matter? 

We originally combined the 6th through 12th grade youth together in the middle of September of 2007.  I would be a liar if I said we have not had our troubles.  Believe me, we have!  Even though there have been difficulties in combining the youth, there have been some very encouraging things to leverage off of. 

For example, I have seen on numerous occassions the older youth initiating contact with the younger youth in befriending them, as well as setting a positive mature example for them.  To me this is a healthy expectation that we can place upon our older youth.  An expectation that say’s, “Hey, you don’t have to wait until you graduate from college to minister to somebody, you can do so right here and now.  It may not be pretty and you may experience a lot of discomfort at first, but the important thing is that you are serving God not in your own power and experience, but in His!” 

To get back on topic, why were these changes originally made and what do I hope to see occur through them?  Read the rest of this entry »