Student & Family Ministries – July 19, 2017

                 Matt Larkin

Resource Center Services

It’s mid-July and camp season is most certainly in full swing. Here in the Department of Student & Family Ministries, we’ve got mostly camp on the brain. Both Meredith and I have been involved with camp over the last couple of weeks, and many folks around our denomination have been working in some capacity to serve students and families at local Advent Christian camps through the months of June and July. However, that’s certainly not all that’s going on in the department as we work to serve you in your disciple-making efforts.

Student & Family Ministries – July 12, 2017

Resource Center: A week at Piedmont Camp 2017

Last week, I had the privilege of taking part in Piedmont Camp 2017 in Blowing Rock, N.C. This particular campground holds a special place in my heart. As a child, I spent vacations there with my grandparents climbing rocks and looking for chipmunks. As a preteen, I spent my first week away from my parents as a G.A. camper. As a teen, I took on leadership roles for the very first time counseling young girls, leading devotions and planning camp activities. As an adult, it’s there where I met my husband and as a mom, it’s where I took my kids to camp for the very first time.

Student & Family Ministries – July 5, 2017

                  Matt Larkin

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT . . . Renewing a Conversation!

Our 2017 Triennial Convention has drawn to a close, and some of us have made our way back to the office to resume work on our normal areas of service. It was great to have a chance to see many of you, and it was great to have discussion around so many of the important issues that are facing us as a network. One of the things that we discussed at the Convention last week was uniting around some common approaches to leadership development. This discussion took place in the context of a Vision Forum on Tuesday. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I was not able to lead the discussion, as planned. However, our Executive Director, Steve Lawson, stepped in and did an excellent job. I have been working my way through a recording Steve made for me so that I can hear the thoughts of those of you who participated.

Student & Family Ministries – June 21, 2017

Resource Center: Summer Reading

Like it or not, summer is here. Do you have bored kids at your house? Make this summer all about reading! I’m amazed at how many books our kids plow through when we make weekly trips to the library. Most of the books they select from the library are great, but I have a hard time finding titles that support a Christian worldview. I certainly don’t think every book needs to be written by a Christian author, but a few along the way, I believe, could be very beneficial.

Student & Family Ministries – June 14, 2017

                             Brian Aaby


Last month, I shared with you about an exciting opportunity we’ve got for you at the upcoming Triennial Convention in June. I want to use this, my last E-News column before the convention, to make one last plug for that opportunity. With that in mind, at our upcoming convention, Youth Specialties’ Director of YS Coaching and YS Search, Brian Aaby will be available to youth workers and pastors alike, for one-hour coaching sessions. Normally an opportunity that costs quite a bit of money, this opportunity will be made available to convention attendees (or youth workers near the Charlotte area) free of charge.