North American Youth Congress (NAYC). What an incredible event! 33,000+ teenagers, young adults, youth workers, and young ministers gathering in an area to worship the God that created all things. I am excited that it’s 2017 and that NAYC will be at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have attended the last four NAYC […]Read more "NAYC Tips"
Summer is here, and school is out! Students do not have to turn in assignments, study for exams, or have to sit at a desk for seven hours. Those things are now replaced with swimming, backyard cookouts, and family vacations. As a student, I enjoyed hearing that last bell ring and seeing what summer […]Read more "Why Youth Camp?"
Remember that moment when God called you into ministry? I bet it was an amazing experience that was engrained in your spiritual walk with him. All of us have had different moments where God pushed us into his calling and purpose for our lives. Yours might have been an altar experience at a youth camp. […]Read more "When the Doors Do Not Open"
Wait a minute! Church bullying? That doesn’t make any sense. Isn’t bullying supposed to just stay with the “tough guy” at school? Isn’t it expressed when I see the aggressive grocery store manager yell at the young girl who’s running the cash register? It’s hard to believe that this exists and it does happen. I […]Read more "What Fruits are We Selling?"
“Hey! How was your day?” Your mom asks as you walk through the kitchen, after a long day at school. “It was okay; I just have some homework to finish up.” You walk to the breakfast nook, unload your backpack, and get to work. A couple of hours later, you have completed your assignments and […]Read more "Why Study His Word?"
What is my calling? This is a common question that is asked by young adults. We always want to know what the future will hold in our walks with God. We want to know what career to take, who are we supposed to marry, and what ministry to be a part of…Read more "What Is My Calling?"
The season of Summer is my favorite time of the year. During that period, there are youth camps, state-wide camp meetings, and national youth conventions. It is also that time where young adults feel the call of God refreshed in their lives. I have attended those events where God’s presence moved into my life and others. I have seen friends get excited about their new callings and tell me “Jon; I felt God calling me to be a missionary!” As I hear what God is doing in my colleague’s life, I rejoice with them. A few weeks passed, and the atmosphere of camp is no longer. We are back into the routine of studying, homework, and tests. Yep, we’re back at school…Read more "Student Ministry as a Student 101"