Student & Family Ministries – May 24, 2017

Convention Spotlight: YS Coaching

                  Brian Aaby

A few months ago, we at ACGC began informing you of the many opportunities that await our convention attendees this June. One of the early opportunities I sought to share with you was something that has come through our invaluable partnership with Youth Specialties. For those of you who don’t know Youth Specialties, for more than four decades they have been the leading youth ministry resource organization.

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 like that costs a fair amount of money, this opportunity will be made available to convention attendees (or youth workers near the Charlotte area) free of charge.

Student & Family Ministries – May 17, 2017

Resource Center: A Family Devotional Guide that is Actually Working

My husband and I have failed miserably with our family devotionals for our elementary-aged kids. The books we’ve used have been either too cheesy or too deep. We are all too familiar with the glazed-over effect and even the devotional-inspired meltdown. There have been times when we powered through for a while, but nothing has lasted long enough to make a difference. No one, including us parents, were getting much from the exercise. This really frustrated us both. My heart would cry, “This is Jesus! This isn’t supposed to be boring! This should be the most exciting and encouraging part of our day!”

Recently I stumbled across “Long Story Short (Volume 1),” a 10 minute devotional book written to explain God’s plan of salvation from Genesis to Revelation, by Marty Machowski. The amazon reviews were raving, but I wanted to check it out for myself to see if maybe, just maybe, this one would work. I downloaded the kindle version for $9.99, about half the cost of the print version. It seemed a bit pricey but the endorsements by C.J. Mahaney and Al Moehler sealed the deal.

Student & Family Ministries – April 19, 2017

Resource Center: Kid’s Ministry Local Training Event for the Piedmont Region
Sponsored by First Advent Christian Church, Morganton

Digging Deeper – a Group Event
Saturday, May 6 at 9AM – 12:30PM
First Advent Christian Church, Morganton N.C.
211 Lenoir Rd, Morganton NC 28655
Facebook Event Page

If you are in the Piedmont area, there is an upcoming local opportunity to ignite excitement among your children’s ministry leaders and volunteers. Digging Deeper is a program run by Group, a favorite among VBS and Sunday school curriculum publishers. First Advent Christian Church, Morganton has invited Group to come and share their ideas with their church and any local churches that would like to attend. Digging Deeper has three main goals for their participants:

Student & Family Ministries – April 12, 2017

              Matt Larkin

Online Youth Workers Gathering

On Thursday (this week), we’ll be trying something new. In an effort to provide a setting for networking, support and learning, we’ll be hosting an online gathering of AC youth workers. Using the “Zoom meeting” format, this gathering will, hopefully, provide a setting for youth workers to discuss some of what’s going on in their ministry, to share and discuss any needs they might have and to spend some time being equipped.

Student & Family Ministries – April 5, 2017

Resource Center: The Works of Dr. David A. Dean

As I have mentioned before, among the many helpful tools you can find in the ACGC Resource Center is a strong collection of books by Advent Christian authors. We house books by some of the giants of our past, as well as those by some of our current pastors and leaders. However, there is probably none more notable than Dr. David Dean. Dr. Dean helped shape much of modern Advent Christian thought and is well respected both inside and outside of our Advent Christian network. Additionally, he touched many lives as professor, pastor and denominational leader.