Student & Family Ministries – November 22, 2017

NYWC 2017

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend and teach at the National Youth Workers Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. This event, put on by our partners at Youth Specialties, has long been one of the premier youth ministry training events in the United States. This year, the event was in its 48th year, making it probably the longest running youth ministry training event of its kind.

I have been attending the National Youth Workers Convention since 2006. That year, in an effort to make the event more affordable, Advent Christian youth workers were invited by ACGC and Dulin’s Grove Church to enjoy free lodging in Dulin’s Grove Church’s youth building. This not only made the event more tangible, but gave me the opportunity to meet many of the youth workers serving all around our network. Many of these connections have turned into friendships that I still enjoy today.

Student & Family Ministries – November 15, 2017

Resource Center: 52 Inspiring Christian Biographies for Kids

“Everyone a Child Should Know” by Clare Heath-Whyte is a delightful book for kids filled with Christian biographies. Kids in church probably know many Biblical figures, but what about all the faithful servants on this earth in the last few hundred years? Children need to read and hear about devoted Christians so that they will be encouraged and inspired in their own walks with Jesus.

Student & Family Ministries – November 8, 2017

                 Matt Larkin & Lana Jernigan

A Recognition

A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to recognize someone who has been a friend, mentor and leader to many of us. Lana Jernigan, who has been known to many of us around the AC network, for her service at Camp Dixie, has worn many hats in our denomination. Lana has served as a workshop leader, a developer of leaders and a thought leader, as well as on many different boards and committees.

Student & Family Ministries – November 1, 2017

Biblical Counseling in Action: Faith Evangelical Distributes Minibooks through Food Pantry Ministry

What are Minibooks? Minibooks are practical and easy to read booklets distributed by New Growth Press that speak to tough counseling issues from a biblical perspective. Authors and publishers include CCEF (Christian Counseling & Education Foundation), Paul David Tripp, Harvest USA, Joni Eareckson Tada and Edward T. Welch. Each booklet is designed to be a quick 30 minute read.

Pastor Andy Rice at Faith Evangelical Church in Melrose, Mass. has found tremendous benefit to placing these in their food pantry and making them free of charge to patrons. I asked him to share a bit about this ministry.

Student & Family Ministries – October 18, 2017

Hobby Lobby is ready for Christmas, Are You?

It’s only mid-October and Hobby Lobby, Costco and Kohl’s are already decked out in their Christmas retail spread. I encourage you to take these decorations as a cue to start thinking about how you will teach the kids in your life about Jesus this year. It takes a heap of intention to fight back materialism and make room for the gospel.

This four-week family devotional guide can stand alone or accompany the corresponding four-week Advent Sunday school curriculum.