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Communication and Connection

Connecting and communication with parents in Student Ministry can, at times be challenging; and at other times might be the worst part of Student Ministry.  Communicating with parents can be so difficult but we also know it is so crucial for the effectiveness of any Student Ministry.  In our ministry context we truly believe that we will only be as effective at ministering and disciplining students as we are efficient at connecting with parents.  Parent communication is directly linked to student spiritual growth.  We have attempted many different modes of communication with parents; snail mail, email, phone calls (from an actual hardline), newsletters, text messages, even smoke signals (not really, but it’d be worth a shot)!   Some of these work, most don’t.  However, over the last year we have begun to focus on two major modes of communication and we are beginning to see some actual results; Text messaging and a monthly newsletter both mailed and emailed. The text service we use is Simply Text.  It is cheap and effective, the challenge has been getting parents to sign up to receive the text.  The email service we use is Constant Contact.  We have also been experimenting with some of the new TOOLS that Simply Youth Ministry has recently released. Though none of these communication strategies is all encompassing for a variety of reasons, text messaging is working better than we hoped.  How do you communicate with parents? Have you found there to be some modes that are more efficient at communication than others?  Please comment and share; we’d love to hear your thoughts.   Rob Jr....

Fall Teaching Schedule

                    Homecoming  (September 4, 18, 25) We are created by God for God.  We try so many things to fill the void in our lives that can only be filled by God’s love – and when we respond to this love it’s like a homecoming – being where God designed us to be all along Biblical Story : The Prodigal Son  Key Quote: The Christian life is not first dependent on what’s in our heart for God but what’s in God’s heart for us.   – Tullian Tchividjian   How To Turn Heads (October 2, 9) Standing out in the crowd by being completely sold out to Jesus. The focus is discipleship.  Equipping our students to be a light for Christ on their campuses and in their communities. This series covers three areas of life which, if adopted, will make them both unusual and attractive, a real head-turner. Biblical Story:  TBD Key Quote: Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. – Luke 9:23   Dead Man Walking  (October 16, 23, 30) Incredible. Unbelievable. Extraordinary. Inconceivable. None of these words describe the work of Jesus quite like the word “miraculous”.  We will be looking closely at Jesus miracles and their timeless lessons and most importantly we will look at the person of Jesus – making much of who he was and is Bible Stories: John 5 – the Healing at the pool Mark 5 – healing a sick woman  John 9 Healing a man born...

Camp Epic 2011(Part 3 of 3)

Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you…(1 Corinthians 15:1-2a NLT) Camp is officially over. It’s hard to believe really. Last week at this time we were just about to arrive and embark on this life changing week. The week was everything that we hoped and prayed for; 12 students age their lives to Christ for the first time, nearly 25 students rededicated their lives to the cause of Christ, a few students even talked with me about missions. There were tears shed, personal faiths renewed; for many students this message of the gospel ‘clicked’ for the first time. The week truly could not have been better. As I have been reflecting on camp the last few days, thinking back to the decisions made and the experiences shared; I have been trying to process mentally what it was that God used so significantly in the lives of our students this week. What did God use to ignite our students so strongly?? Was it the daily recreation? The awesome worship? The engaging teaching? Perhaps it was getting away from the norms? It couldn’t have been the food! What was it that God used to so affect our students?!?!!????? Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you… (1 Corinthians 15:1-2a NLT) It wasn’t...