Here is our SMT (Student Ministry Team) Set-Up for Fall 2012. Our SMT’s exist because teenagers having a place to serve often doesn’t. We don’t just want our teens to worship and do small groups together, but we also want every one of our teens to have an opportunity to obey God in serving Jesus through His church together (Ephesians 4:1-6). So here’s what our SMT’s look like this semester. For the most part, they will all meet on Sunday nights from 6:30 – 7:30 unless noted otherwise. They are for all of our 6th – 12th graders.
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Here is a sermon I recently preached for The Brook Church. They were going through the book of Revelation. Their pastor went out of town and asked me to continue in the series. THANK GOD the next segment was on Revelation 7…one of my favorites. I’m absolutely fascinated with this passage. What might John have seen? How many people are we for real talking here? Multitudes and crowds that no one could even count? Whoa! This passage ultimately brings out four huge points for the church today: witnessing, worship, serving, and suffering. The clearer the vision God gives us through His Word of eternity, the more we will be willing to completely engaged in each of those four themes in our churches!
Our SMT’s are teams that CBSM students join in order to do ministry on a weekly basis. We strongly believe in spiritual giftedness, serving, and ministering through the church and for the glory of Jesus! We believe that God has given every teenager gifts, talents, and abilities that they are naturally good at. Through salvation, God redeems those gifts, talents, and abilities to for the use of His kingdom (Eph 4:1-11). We believe that every teenager should be using their giftedness specifically through the church (Eph 4:12). Lastly, we believe that every gift, talent, and ability should be used fully for the glory of Jesus (Eph 4:13-16). We want our teens to be bored if they aren’t serving Jesus in some specific way that reflects their giftedness. Lastly, We want our teens to understand that our ministry will not be as excellent, fruitfull, smooth, or cool without them using their giftedness for Jesus through CBSM.
Every semester we go over “how to discern their spiritual giftedness” with our students, and we announce all the different teams that they would get to serve on. They pick their teams, make their commitment to serve, and get on board for the rest of the semester.
Here’s what a student internship looks like at CBSM. This spring (January – May), we have two students who are seniors in high school, and they want to volunteer their time to get some experience in the ministry of the church. Here’s what we have lined up for them.
Spring 2011 CBSM Student Internship:
Write sermon weekly 3 hrs
Meet with Chip on Tuesday at 1pm to talk about sermon/service 1 hr
Read a chapter a week in “Simple Student Ministry” 1 hr
Schedule 1 hour of volunteer service per week with one staff member 1 hr
Take one student out a week (7th – 9th grader) 1 hr
Once a month small group visit (7th – 11th grades) 1 hr
1 – 3 hours a week miscellaneous ministry needs 1-3hrs
Here is a list of all of our Student Ministry Teams, when they meet, what they do, and who their leaders are. Our SMTs are a vital part of our ministry…as we seek to be a ministry and not just a service. So many teenagers today are bored to death or preoccupied with so many things that just don’t eternally matter for the glory of Jesus. So we encourage ALL of our students to serve Jesus through their church by using their spiritual gifts on one of our SMTS. Here’s the list. SMT Fall 2010 Breakdown (doc)
“What’d you get me, daddy?”I can remember excitedly asking that question to my dad whenever he’d return from a business trip.Being the brilliant man he is, he’d bring me home all the swag (stuff we all get) that the vendors would hand out for free like the highlighter triangle, the bouncy balls, and of course the oversized pencil.When I came back from a mission trip to Africa, I did something very similar.Being the awesome-cool Uncle that I am, I brought back my niece and nephews African musical instruments.This seems to be deeply embedded into our culture reaching back to the times when kings would take their armies to battle another nation.The victorious king would plunder the other nations goods by bringing back the spoils from war and handing them out to the citizens of his kingdom so that they could be used for their good.Continue reading →