How to Recruit Volunteers

Here is how one church did a recruitment push for their kid ministry during the main Sunday service.

Step 1: Watch Video

Step 2: Executive Pastor gives methodical kid ministry stats and explains in detail the volunteer needs. In this case they were asking for 100 additional volunteers.

Step 3: During the meet and great time ask those who are interested in volunteering to get up and go out to the lobby and meet with the Kids Ministry team to sign up to serve the kids and families in our church.

What have you done that has worked for you in recruitment of volunteers?

What do believe to be the “KEY” recruitment ingredient?

 

Why You(th) Are Addicted to Porn

Pornography is something we know that our youth experience, experiment with but it’s not talked openly in our youth online bondageministries. No I’m not suggesting that you have porn focused youth night (that just sounds weird).

What I am suggesting is that you think critically on these thoughts about pornography.

  • Do you look at porn? If you do then you cannot enter into a healthy discussion with your students on this subject.
  • Are you educated on the effects of porn? Do you understand the scientific and physical implications of what porn can do to the human body? If not, hen you should not talk about porn with your students.
  • Do you understand clearly what the Bible, the word of God, says about porn? Have you or someone you trust researched thoroughly what God says about porn? If not, then you should not be talking to your students about it either.

If you have not dug down deep into the soil on the topic of porn, then all you are left with is your own opinion or the opinion of others as it relates to a topic. Which is extremely dangerous.

Something I have learned from personal experience is that if you are struggling with something and you try to help someone to deal with the same issue, it becomes increasingly more difficult for you to overcome your own struggle.

 

What are some things you have learned about the topic of pornography in youth ministry? What would you add to this list?

 

Here is brief video that explains the scientific effects that porn has on the human body.

 

The Faces of Modern Day Slavery

Did You Know?

  • Until 2005, there was no Criminal Code offence of human trafficking in Canada.
  • Victims are often left to fend for themselves after escaping or being rescued, while their exploiters are rarely charged.
  • Canada has no national action plan to combat human trafficking.

Modern-Day Slavery is still a reality for many people around the world, and the best way to begin to change that is to learn more about it! Complete this educational challenge by our friends at LiveDifferent.com to get informed, and then find ways that you can make a difference!

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This challenge has a number of steps to it. Complete all the steps to finish the challenge.

 

Book Review: I AM SECOND

I Am Second
I love stories. Especially when you hear about a life that was transformed or changed through an experience that they went through (good or bad). I love when my spirit is bubbling up inside me as I listen to a story and when it gets to the end I can boldly say to the story-teller, “That’s the God I know!”

As I sat down to read this book over a few days, I was excited because I had used several of the videos from I AM SECOND in various youth ministry contexts. Each video is visually simple yet powerful, verbally thought provoking, and very inspiring. (I used three “V” words there, cool!). I am also a person who loves things visual, seeing a person share their own personal story, seeing their facial expressions of joy or pain is very powerful. Yet when I read, I love to visualize what I’m reading.

As I began the book I kept having this sense of confusion come over me because it wasn’t clear to me who was telling each of the stories I was reading. Every story, through out the whole book, kept switching from first person to third person. I then jumped ahead to a story I had seen on video that impacted me personally and started reading with expectation. I was let down because as a reader I wasn’t sure who was telling the story. I was left confused.

There are many ways to tell a redemptive story and I know that the redemption that God offers to each one of us is mind blowing. The big problem I had with the book was that the redemptive story of God seemed hidden, missed, not communicated well, I’m not sure what. When someone has a life changing encounter with the living God it is usually very clear to everyone through two ways: 1) their life changes (behaviour, decisions, attitude, thoughts, language, body language, etc…), 2) the reason for the change is clear, they tell you that it was because of their life intersecting with the living God and his son Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Some of the stories in the book I AM SECOND seem to lack a depth of the redemptive story and the life change that each person went through when they encountered God through Jesus Christ. I’m not sure if that’s because the authors wanted it that way or if the person telling the story was not coached on how to tell the story of the redemptive work of God in their life.

Overall, if you are looking for a book to read about how various people go through a rough/rock-bottom experience and they emerge on the other side without drowning and discover God, then this is a book you will enjoy. If you are looking for a book that is very well written and explains in detail the redemptive work of Jesus in the life of various people, then this is not the book for you.

My recommendation is to watch the I AM SECOND videos for free. The book is not a must have on my book shelves. Stick with the videos.

I received this book from Graf-Martin Communications to review and my opinions are my own.