For three weeks we have been forced to delay the launch of insideout (our new middle/high school student ministry.) But alas, yesterday it finally happened and honestly it could not have been a better day. Temperatures in the mid 70’s, which for me means cobian flops and jedidiah t-shirts! To catch some of you up, we were asked to create a student ministry from scratch at the church I currently serve on staff. That was very attractive to Rebecca and I because we did not inherit an existing program. So, for the last three months we have been remodeling the environment, meeting with some of the most effective student ministry leaders in America, contacting excellent musicians, picking the best curriculum, and spending most of my budget! We have a simple philosophy that says if you have a relevant, engaging environment, students (or adults for that matter) will be more receptive to what is communicated and also bring friends with them. With a very limited budget and a church that desires to reach students, we have created, in my opinion, one of the best student environments in WNC. I will try to post some pics this week. We started a three week series called Godview. Listed below is a summary of the service:
Opener- Love Song (Sara Bareilles)
Short game relating to the message – Perceptions determine reality. Gave each student a stick of gum when they came in. Everyone chewed gum at the same time. As they were chewing, I told them I had rubbed each piece with my feet. They perceived that was true which made them want to spit the gum out. It wasn’t true but they perceived it to be, and that changed there response.
Your Love (Chrystina Fincher)
Holy is the Lord (Chris Tomlin)
How Great is our God (Chris Tomlin)
Message – Microscopic (Week One) No matter who we are, we all have a Godview. And the way we think about God affects how we interact with our world. Many people struggle because they have a negative or distorted view of God. This first week, we will take a look at the life of one of Jesus’ closest followers who struggled for the very same reason. In the end, we want to challenge students to begin to see how their view of God shapes the way they live.