Music Review- “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus

I try to stay up to date with pop culture so I can be informed on what the average teenager is into these days. I am a bit behind, and doing some catch up on some of the top hits that have gone viral recently. One of those is the new music video, “We can’t stop” by Miley Cyrus. If you are like me, I immediately think of Miley Cyrus from the top kids show, Hannah Montana. She seemed innocent in those days, and had moral values that she tried to hold too. Since Hannah Montana has gone off the … Continue reading Music Review- “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus

[Parent Edition] Get Connected- Grove Weekly Newsletter

Good Friday morning Parents, I hope that you are doing well today. It is Friday so I am sure that you are doing well. Friday’s are usually fun days. Pray if you would for my wife. She has battled a sickness all day yesterday so I was on toddler duty with Lynlee all day. She is feeling better this morning, but hopefully it is gone. Also, pray for me this weekend. I will be speaking at a DNOW youth event in Ramseur, NC. I will be speaking a few times, and I surely covet your prayers. This past Wednesday night … Continue reading [Parent Edition] Get Connected- Grove Weekly Newsletter

Ways to Connect the Home and the Youth Ministry

  I shared a recent post on this subject, but I want to share some more thoughts and ideas that may help youth pastors really engage the home into the student ministry. I say to our leaders and parents all of the time, “partner, partner, partner.” This is a motto for us, and we try to make our ministry reflect that motto. Here are some ways that you can connect the two together instead of keeping them separate:     Welcome them into your Ministry– Do not have a habit of allowing parents to drop kids off for everything. Invite them to worship … Continue reading Ways to Connect the Home and the Youth Ministry

Books to Recommend to Parents

    Parents, here are a few books that I would recommend for you on ministering more effectively to your student:       Passionate Parenting by Cary Schmidt A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Sex and Dating by Mark Oestreicher A parent’s Guide to helping teenagers in Crisis by Rich Van Pelt 99 Thoughts for Parents by Walt Mueller How your Teenager is Wired by Katie Brazelton Parenting beyond your Capacity by Reggie Joiner A Parent’s Guide to Teenage Brains by Mark Oestreicher Continue reading Books to Recommend to Parents

Get Connected- Grove Weekly Newsletter [Parent Edition]

Good Friday afternoon to you, I hope that you are doing well on this Friday morning. I hope that you have had a great week, and I am sure that you are looking forward to the weekend. I appreciate all that you do, and thanks for being faithful in allowing your students to be a regular part of the Grove student ministry. Information Corner: One Change you need to be aware of: This Wednesday night, I will be out-of-town with the staff of UG on a pastor’s conference. David Sheldon will be in charge of the Grove. He is teaching … Continue reading Get Connected- Grove Weekly Newsletter [Parent Edition]

Get Connected- Weekly Grove Newsletter [Parent Edition]

Good Friday morning to you, I hope that you are doing well on this Friday morning. I hope that you have had a great week, and I am sure that you are looking forward to the weekend. I appreciate all that you do, and thanks for being faithful in allowing your students to be a regular part of the Grove student ministry. Information Corner: One Change you need to be aware of: This past week, we passed out the brand new QUIET TIME booklets for our students. I also provided them for parents as well. I have heard some positive … Continue reading Get Connected- Weekly Grove Newsletter [Parent Edition]

Get Connected- Weekly Grove Newsletter (Parent Edition)

Good Thursday morning to you, I hope that you are doing well on this Thursday morning. Let me just say up front that I am super grateful to be serving with you guys this year. We do not intend to ever take away from you are currently teaching and modeling in the home, but we do hope to enforce it.  If we can ever be of any particular assistance, please contact us and let us know. We are here to help and serve with your family! Information Corner: One Change you need to be aware of: Have you ever tried … Continue reading Get Connected- Weekly Grove Newsletter (Parent Edition)