Thursday, April 23, 2009

Creating A Buzz

I love this... Click HERE to check out cleaver little notes that are creating a stir in Melbourne.

Here's a taster:

How have you / can you use simple creative ideas to create a buzz about your youth ministry?

Leave a comment and let us all share in your experiences.

Godspeed & Kaizan

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Young Adults Ministry

I found this great post by Ps James Macpherson that I know you will find useful:

THE BOOK Essential Church, by Thom S. Rainer, presents recent research indicating more than two-thirds of church-going young adults drop out between the ages of 18 and 22.

Here are the top 10 reasons:

1. Simply wanted a break from church.
2. Church members seemed judgmental and hypocritical.
3. Moved to college or university and stopped attending church.
4. Work responsibilities prevented me from attending.
5. Moved to far from the church to continue attending.
6. Became too busy though still wanted to attend.
7. Didn't feel connected to the people in my church.
8. Disagreed with the church's stance on political or social issues.
9. Chose to spend more time with friends outside the church.
10. Was only going to church to please others.

Here are my top 10 things churches that are essential to young adults are doing ...

1. Churches essential to young adults facilitate connection instead of running programs

Young adults don't want to be programmed but they do want to connect with others, especially those who have moved to a new city for university or work. Essential churches work hard at creating opportunities for young adults to connect but keep the structure to a minimum.

2. Churches essential to young adults empower them in leadership

I am convinced that young adults don't want a young adults program, rather, they want to run THE program.

Why is it that the Australian Prime Minister's chief of staff can be in his 20s and that Obama's chief speech writer can be in his 20s but that the church can't let a young adult even run the usher team?

Young adults are smart, savy and highly motivated. They don't want to be pandered to in a side-show program. They want to be entrusted to run key components of the MAIN show, and when they do ... they do it very well.

To read more click HERE.

Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment.

Godspeed & Kaizan

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Great Videos You Can Use

I found these fantastic videos when I was scrolling through MicroExplosion. Each week they have a 'Video of the Week', so check them out HERE.

I love the creativity and the freshness of this beatbox chef:

And another showing what a little extra time on your hands can produce...

And this video shows the power of when we all come together with our particular gifts and strengths:

Thursday, April 2, 2009

When The Medium Is The Message

Some interesting thoughts here... I definitly want to get this book!
(By the way, I found this video at Terrace Crawford's blog).

Rob Bell Interviews Shane Hipps About Technology from Deadly Viper on Vimeo.

Let me know your thoughts on this subject.

Godspeed & Kaizan