Here’s part 2 of the video message from our New Year’s weekend adult services at Saddleback. Kurt Johnston, our Student Ministries pastor.
Here’s part 1 of the video message we created for the family services at Saddleback Church on New Year’s Weekend. This was the first of 3 parts to the talk that weekend – this is Steve Adams, the children’s pastor at Saddleback Church.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be taking the High School team from Saddleback up to Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel. We ‘ll enjoy an afternoon together in their amazing lodge-like lobby with epic Christmas decorations and soak in the season together. It is a day we’ve done for the past 3 years – I call it the State of HSM address.
The State of HSM address is a really great moment, and while I have already posted on it in the past (more on that here), I wanted to focus on one key element that is standing out to me more this year than ever before: reflecting on the past.
This year, I’m spending extra time reflecting and celebrating what God has done this past year. Here’s why:
The past is past
When you look back – you might only think about the good things – but honestly, everything in the past can be valuable. Take some time and reflect on the things you’re happy to leave in the past. It will be a healthy time to forgive and move on from the mistakes you’ve made, and a great time to overlook the faults and problems of others during the past 12 months.
The past helps us see progress from where we’ve been
When you look back you can see what worked along with what didn’t work. What new ideas or innovations did you experiment with in your youth ministry this past year that really made a big difference?
The past show us weaknesses we need to address in the future
When you spend time analyzing and mulling over the past – you’ll begin to see gaps in your philosophy, programs or strategy as you move forward. The past will shine light on your opportunities in the future. Take the time to fully vet the past – it just might be the key to your future, too.
So as you end 2010, y encouragement would be to spend some time reflecting on the past year in youth ministry. Maybe make a list of the failures, successes and efforts of the past year. Reflect on student’s lives that were changed and leaders who ended the year in a much different place. Not all of it will be positive, but it will all be helpful as you head into the future.
Simply Youth Ministry is running a sale on the 1-Minute Bible by Doug Fields. It is a devotional Bible that is great to get students in the Word each day. Might be a good tool to give out to your students in a New Year’s message with a “Starting Out the New Year Right” kind of message. Check it out if you’re interested!
You’ve committed yourself to more Bible reading plans than you care to admit and you’re 187 chapters behind in your latest attempt. If this sounds familiar, then the One Minute Bible for Students is what you need to get back and stay on track. Do the math. There are 1400 minutes in a day. It will take you One Minuteto read a passage of Scripture. “Hey, that’s doable!” Additionally, veteran youth pastor Doug Fields has contributed some great insights to help you apply these short, one minute Scripture readings to your every day life.