Matthew 10:1. AND HE called to
him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to
cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. 2. The names
of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and
Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3.
Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son
of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4. Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who
betrayed him. 5. These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them . . .
oldest New Testament text has finally been released to the public.
You may read the Codex Sinaiticus online - but only if you
know Greek! To read it in
English, you need the only English translation we know.
The H. T.
Anderson English Translation
of the Codex Sinaiticus, with the three extra early New
Testament books and the Sonnini Manuscript of Acts 29 included, and
the original absences of certain verses (put in there later by the
'church') is now available only at here.
THIS IS NOT A
CHEAP, SCANNED-IN FACSIMILE. This is a first edition of the text
published in easy-to-read Georgia font with plenty of room between
verses for your notes.2 points between verses, hard or soft cover.
Ever wonder why
PAUL and not PETER received the
to the lost tribes? Wasn't Peter the stone upon which the
"church" was to be built? In this new translation of the
Nazarene Acts, we follow Kefa (Peter) as he itinerates from
Jerusalem and up the Mediterranean coast up to Tripoli, as recorded
in the journals of his successor, Clement of Rome (Phi 4:3).
Every message Kefa preached, the company he kept, and the great
works of faith the the Almighty accomplished through him are herein
recorded. This 300 page volume has been 'hidden' in the back
of an obscure volume of the "Church Fathers" all this time.
Could it be that, in establishing the Gentile 'church' by pushing
away from Judaism, this history was purposely hidden?
youth ministry first meeting resources, unreached undiscipled people group
groups, secular secularize secularized worldly captialist people
worldliness shame shameful, incarnational enfleshed ministry missionary
mission apostle evangelism evangelistic mission, witnessing church growth method
methods program programs ideas, growing enlarging outreach getting them to church
assembly religious services ministry, envisioning outward-focus inward-focus
stewardship, volunteering volunteerism volunteer outreach
Youth ministry is the most productive of all
for reaching people, for children, especially teens, are so impressionable and
interested.The traditional idea of
church youth activities, Bible reading, singing "Do Lord," preaching
"be good," no longer illustrate the modern church youth method or
The most vital
aspect of youth ministry is the place where youth are to meet.It cannot be a boring place or a prison-like
atmosphere.It needs to be a place that
young people can call their own -- their room.The young people themselves may create the atmosphere using donated
furniture (couches, not folding chairs), stereo system, volley ball or ping
pong equipment.With the right place,
even the most limited church can grow a tremendous youth group in three months.
Ask in the
church bulletin or newsletter for comfortable and warm used furniture and other
useful donations for furnishing the place. Let the young people paint it any
way they want and hang up approved posters.Change the room around every six months or so to avoid stagnation and
break up cliques.
The meetings of
the youth group should never fall into a routine. Constant surprises work best
-- anything "off the wall" - catching the youth off-guard before
their defense mechanism can snap into place.Don't always meet in the place.Also meet in houses, under trees, at the museum.Note: Houses are not made for youth ministry
-- too many family distractions like pets, young children, and phone calls.
creative.Offer a contest about which
team can write the best skit on a particular subject then let groups exchange
and perform skits.Use a movie camera
-- make a video or a commercial. Use music in programs -- discuss lyrics.Dear Abby's column is also fun to use.Choose a good column, read the question,
then let the group supply answers.
need to be relevant to the changing needs and interests of youth, like dating,
love and sex.A good resource is Dating
by Scott Kirby (Baker Books).Family
topics, such as divorce and family relationships, are popular discussion
topics.Canvass the group with a note
card: "The three things I'd like the group to talk about
are...."The cards are returned
with no name, and topics can be used for weeks. Great program resources are Group
Magazine and Ideas, a series of books that have thousands of
ideas.The entire set may be purchased
for about $170.
Progressive dinners, where each course of the dinner is taken at a different
location; Polaroid camera scavenger hunts -- have youth get snapshots of
various odd things, like a policeman shaking hands with a dog; have games,
cook-outs right after church, game days, movie or thematic lock-ins; then
create an annual scrapbook (since you have kept pictures from each youth
The youth group
must not be a separate entity from the church but must be fully integrated with
church activities.Church youth choirs
often originate as “chorus sings” in a youth group. Singing is vital -- get taped accompaniment, like Petra Praise.Plan for youth to take over a Sunday
service, even preaching.Allow young
people to experience church, and they will blossom in church.
prayers, testimonies must be geared to the age group.Devotionals should be from 5-6 minutes, "punchy,"
relative and memorable.Children want
to know how to pray, about spiritual things and the spirit world, about heaven
and hell.They areinterested in Jesus Christ.
A newsletter might
also be published by the youth during summer months that would serve as a
"ministry" to, by and for youth.A "Pastor's Corner" column might be included, a testimony
column, a Bible study column, and dates, times and descriptions of events.
THINKBIG!"Pledged" events make big money -- pledged car washes and
rock-a-thons -- pledges are perhaps 10 cents per hour -- each youth could get
many pledges.Light bulb sales work
great.Use a church brochure with each sale.Collect rummage for 1 year, then have a
monster sale.Some groups have made
thousands of dollars thisway,
and donors receive a tax write-off.Slave auctions, bowl-a-thons, even dog washes work well if priced right
and in good locations.
Mission-mindedness Is Essential!
Youth groups have
fun, but they also fulfill ministries.There are many missions opportunities nearby -- hospitals, nursing
homes, senior centers and orphanages.Instead
of going to an amusement park, go on a missions trip.Take one adult youth worker for each four youth.Be clear about the purpose and goals of the
Goals must be
Servants" may go to the houses of shut-ins weekly or monthly and wash
windows, do dishes.Saturday Servants
work from 9 - 12 then go to lunch where they discuss their mission with a youth
Recruiting and Training Adult Workers
The main requirement is to love children,
like to be with them and realize that they are not adults.Adult workers can be grandparents, singles,
college students (but beware) and couples.Before enlisting parents of youth, "bounce" the idea off their
children to see how they feel about having their parents around.
The qualities of
the youth leader are eventually reflected in the youth.Youth need role models, not more pals or
youth leaders who are themselves kids.Neither will "police sergeants" do for youth workers.
There must be a
set of rules at the onset -- let the youth make the rules with adult
guidance.At the first breaking of the
rules, the young person is "called down" before the group for their
infraction; the second, the youth is taken for a private chat; the third,
parents are informed.
sometimes do not make good youth leaders.A preacher is defined as "someone who gives moral advice in a
Youth leaders and
workers must themselves be teachable, and willing to learn new things and new
ways.A sense of humor is essential.Youth workers must be able to laugh at
themselves, for youth will eventually find the weaknesses and limits of their
Philosophy of Ministry
All are called to
ministry!If the ministry to youth is
challenging, fun, exciting and biblical, youth workers will live to see some
youth grow into full-time ministers.Roberts illustrates his philosophy of youth ministry with the diagram
labeled “Hitting the Youth Ministry Bull’s Eye.”
The First Event --
get as much information on each child as possible, including information such
as favorite TV shows, music, addresses of both parents.
subsequent events -- share visions and goals.Our youth can have a fantastic youth group.Discipling takes years, so bring it in with activities; later
bring in devotionals and prayers.
holy at each meeting in some form, then gradually integrate music.
commitment -- like creating and decorating the place, and formulating rules
(for instance, "Christian music only!").
The group must
meet at least once per week -- twice is better.
have weekly or monthly dinners.Start
with devotional then split up for age-level activities.
SOURCE:Digested from Rev. Mark Roberts' oral presentation
September 23, 1994.