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This Week in Student Ministry: Family Blitz

It’s our desire to partner with parents and see our community reached with the gospel.

I want to let you know about an event coming up in our church that’s directed toward both of that aim. It’s the Family Blitz happening on October 2nd.

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Family Blitz is an interactive family event with high octane games and challenges. This is a great event for the whole family and a great opportunity to invite neighbors, friends and co-workers. The event begins at 5:30pm on October 2 at our North Mobile Campus.

You can pick up invitation pieces at the church.

 

I love being your Student Pastor!

Nathan

“the LORD be magnified!” Psalm 40:16


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Family Ministry and God’s Mission

Genesis 12 marks a significant shift in the biblical narrative, from the beginning of our world (and its brokenness) to the calling of a man God promised to make a “blessing to the nations.” The man called of God was Abraham and the promise was through his descendants. The Lord, through an angelic encounter with Abraham makes the specifics of the plan clear:

The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:17-19

As the church moves to a model of ministry more aligned to equip families, it must not lose sight of the ultimate goal. Although protecting our children and teaching them solid, moral values are noble tasks, they cannot be the ultimate motivation for our resurgence of intentional family ministry. The goal of partnering with parents has to be aligned with God’s design for families and discipleship: the advancement of the gospel to the nations.

It’s not that our intentions are misguided; they are too small in light of the God who thinks about and cares deeply for all people in every nation. Churches and leaders must think about encouraging parents toward a role grander than could be imagined by parents outside of God’s mission, which is attested to throughout the biblical narrative.

How can churches intentionally move parents to think more strategically about the way they raise their children to be missionaries?

  1. Teach the Missio Dei. Christopher Wright, in his book The Mission of God, argues that a central theme of Scripture is God’s mission.[1] From the original blessing to mankind to “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:28) to the command to “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19) to the promised, multicultural experience of worshippers of every nation and people group in heaven (Revelation 7:9-10), God is a God who thinks and operates globally. Our parents need to be inspired by this vision.
  1. Give Families Opportunities to Serve and Go Together. Operating as silos within the church will not result in shared experiences in the home. Children who participate with their parents will see that mission matters for their parents. Recently, a mom and her 13-year-old daughter went on mission together to South Africa. Upon returning, they were already making plans to return the next year. As they began check in at the airport the mom was restricted from traveling because her passport would expire too soon after returning from traveling. Having already made the trip together once, the mom (along with her husband) signed papers to release their daughter for travel. Now, at 14, she has caught a glimpse of God’s glory among the nations, first seen in her mom traveling and now, seen in her parents’ willingness to risk safety and comfort for the advancement of the gospel.

Family ministry models do not go far enough. Churches and ministries must think globally in their attempt to encourage parents towards greater faithfulness in raising their children.

[1] Wright says, “Mission is what the Bible is all about; we could as meaningfully talk of the missional basis of the Bible as of the biblical basis of mission.” Wright, Christopher J. H., The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 29.


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This Week in Student Ministry: New Service Times

Parents,

This Wednesday we are making a shift to our schedule on Wednesday night. Because of growth in our Student Worship, we are moving to two services.

Beginning this week, our middle school students will have service at 6:00PM and our high school students will meet at 7:00PM. Both groups will meet in the Student Worship Center. The doors will still open after school.

 

I love being your Student Pastor!

 

Nathan Schneider

“the LORD be magnified!” Psalm 40:16


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This Week in Student Ministry: B2SB 2016

Next Wednesday, the 24th, we’re celebrating the return of school with our Back to School Bash! We’re celebrating because God has given each of our students an amazing platform to share Jesus with classmates/ peers. Our Back to School Bash is an opportunity to invite those people in our spheres of influence for a fun night that includes FREE food, PRIZES, the MECHANICAL BULL, the MELTDOWN, GAMES, and the GOSPEL!

Encourage your student to bring a friend with them! The Back to School Bash will be from 6:00-8:30PM.

 

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This Week in Student Ministry: Crossover

As we anticipate the future, we are excited to welcome our rising 7th graders to the ministry. This week is “Crossover” week. Incoming students will join us on Wednesday night at Student Worship and on Sunday morning for Student Groups. Both for the first time.

Change can be intimidating, but also catalytic. Our hope is for the advancement of the gospel in and through this group of new students. Pray for the students, their families, and our ministry as we begin this journey together!

 

I love being your Student Pastor!

Nathan Schneider

“the LORD be magnified!” Psalm 40:16


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This Week in Student Ministry: Cleveland 2016

Life is best lived on mission!

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This week our students will be traveling to Cleveland, OH, to serve Pastor Ben Shelton and his team at Redemption East Cleveland. We will be canvassing neighborhoods, conducting interviews, and helping to host a block party at the church’s new location. Their first service will be held this upcoming Sunday. Pray for the spiritual growth of our students, strength and encouragement for Ben and his team, and the spread of the gospel.

We will keep you posted with updates throughout the week!

I love being your Student Pastor!

Nathan Schneider

“the LORD be magnified!” Psalm 40:16