How we do FCA, First Priority, and other School Groups

While I’ve been involved in several FCA’s, First Priority’s, and many other school groups, I’ve always racked my brain on the best way to do them. What’s the most biblical? What is their ultimate purpose? By no means am I saying that I think I have the only way whatsoever! I’m just saying that this is the way God has led me to do it, it makes the most sense to me, and its the most effective.

1. The purpose of these school groups are ultimately for the GOSPEL! I personally don’t think its the best idea to just have another Bible study for these teens early on whatever morning during the week, to give them a few helpful hints for their Christian lives, and to send them on their way for the day. They should be having their own Bible study at home, and also hearing multiple Bible lessons each week at church! These students are entering into a wicked gauntlet of worldliness called the halls of high school. They are going through more than we ever did and could ever imagine. They don’t need helpful hints…they need to hear the power of Jesus through the gospel WITHIN them and done THROUGH them! I’ve been in several school groups with 100+ teens who show up early to hear what the speaker has to say…AND NOTHING IS SAID ABOUT JESUS?! Why are we wasting our time and theirs with giving them religious crap? Give them Jesus! Give them the gospel! Put it into action for them! Remind them the power that’s within them! Continue reading

So hard to say goodbye to… last night: How wednesday night worship went

Remember that old song by Boys II Men…”It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday?”  What a great song that pat was back in the 90’s…and a great album from what I can remember.  I can remember trying to dance to that in my room as a young, awkward, white adolescent.  Anyways, that’s how I feel on every Thursday morning.  No, not awkwardly trying to dance, but that its so hard to say goodbye to last night…because all of our Wednesday nights are awesome!  Speaking of Boys II Men…isn’t that the goal of student ministry anyways?  We are in the ministry of transforming good boys to Christlike men and good girls to Christlike women.  We’re going after spiritual maturity!  By the way you order your student worship service, is the natural fruit spiritual maturity…or just pumping up the numbers and excitement? Continue reading