Wednesday, December 30, 2009


This video stars my friend Joshua Hoxworth and my son Schyler. Joshua did a great job producing this first music video and school project. How funny! Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lord of the Rings Lock-In

Fri. Jan. 1 8pm- Sat. Jan. 2 8am

8:00pm-8:15pm Introduction of Characters (Students Dressed in Character)
8:15pm-8:30pm Scenes from Middle Earth (Acting Out Favorite Scenes)
8:30pm-8:40pm Lord of the Ring’s Trivia (Awards)
8:40pm-11:40pm The Fellowship of the Ring (3hrs)
11:40pm-12:10am Ring Search (Game)
12:10am-3:10am The Two Towers (3hrs)
3:10am-3:30am Sauron’s Revenge (Game)
3:30am-6:50am The Return of the Kings (3hrs 20min)
6:50am-7:20am Lord of the Beans (30min)
7:00am Breakfast
7:20am Clean Up
8:00am Parent Pick Up/Home to Sleep

Bring your favorite snack and cola to share. Pizza, veggie tray, fruit tray, and breakfast supplied!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Charlie Brown Christmas Movie

No Christmas is complete without Charlie Brown. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Ode to Joy

I love the Muppets!!!
Hillsong United - Hosanna
12 Days of Christmas
Straight No Chaser

An amazing video to help each viewer/reader begin to celebrate Christmas!
I have posted this video before; however, this version of the 12 Days of Christmas never gets old!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Crossroads Missions: Appalachia Kentucky

August 1-7th,2010

Crossroads Mission
A Reason to Celebrate Him

Louie is the founder of the Passion Movement for college students, and is the pastor of Passion City Church here in Atlanta, GA. This sermon snippet focuses on the beautiful reality that God holds everything--including us--together. Literally.

Laminin...All the more reason to worship our Lord during this Holiday Season. This season, worship Him, for He is the reason to celebrate Christmas!

Friday, November 27, 2009

IMPACT: Greenwood Shopping Mall Invasion
Sat., Dec. 5th (8:30am-?)
Join us for a day at the Greenwood Park Mall for a great day of shopping and fun!
Bring $$$ for 3meals, shopping, a coat and gloves, your shopping list, and invite a friend.
Sign up by Sun., Nov.29th

You'll have a great day of shopping with stores like American Eagle, Ann Taylor Loft, Hollister, Fossil, The Disney Store, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Sephora, Victoria's Secret and Waldenbooks, plus over 120 specialty shops. Greenwood Park Mall has something for everyone! Still looking for that special gift? Stop by one of our anchor stores like Dick's Sporting Goods, JCPenney, Macy's, Sears or Von Maur for a great selection of quality merchandise. Ready for a break? Try a pretzel from Auntie Anne's Pretzels or maybe a gourmet cookie from Blondie's. We will visit your favorite fast food restaurants located in our Food Court for lunch.

Monday, November 09, 2009

ACC Student Ministry Open Source Discussion

Following are a list of 5 Open Source discussion questions that will be posed to our IMPACT Students on Sunday evening.

Open Source is a collaborative tool to help foster creative group discussions for a common purpose of benefiting a program or movement. The Open Source format is also designed to help discover creative solutions to real issues/problems... In our case, to stimulate student leadership involvement in the planning and programming process of our student ministry.

A "Discussion Starter" will pose the question and take specific notes of the conversation at each individual discussion circle. Participants are not limited to the specific question posed at that circle, but are encouraged to allow creativity to freely flow.

Participants will rotate in and out of each group discussion at will until they have participated in all five circles of discussions. At the completion of the individual discussion circles, the Discussion Starter will share notes with the entire group where specific plans, strategies, and targets will be established.

Open Source Discussion Circles:

Circle 1. What is a youth group and what does it look like? (Think Big; Dream Big!!!) Is it important to you and your spiritual walk? Why or why not?

Circle 2. What are we not doing that we should start doing to resemble your view of youth group? What are we doing that has gotten stale that we should stop doing?

Circle 3. With the gifts and talents God has given to you, where should you be serving in youth group? What new ministry could or should you start? What will it take for you to begin? What resources are needed?

Circle 4. If you could choose the next message series for IMPACT, what would it be? Why?

Circle 5. What specifically needs to happen for us to see new friends at youth group each week?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

"The Root of the Vine"
Expand and enrich your Christian faith by reading "The Root of the Vine".

Dana Simons was raised in the Jewish faith and shares practical "how-to" information to help you reconnect to the rich heritage of your Christian faith. She also serves with our student ministry at Agape Christian Church.

You will love the book and Dana's passionate heart as she unfolds how Jesus was a Torah observant Jew and how many of us today do not know the rich traditions of our faith found in the Jewish holidays, Jewish worship and Jewish prayer.

Learn how to pray, worship and celebrate as Jesus did!
For more details or to purchase click "The Root of the Vine."

Monday, November 02, 2009

Wacky Pic of the Evening!!!
The possibilities of creativity and wackyness are endless when you turn a few students loose with a cell phone cam. Last evening the students had a great time snapping pics of one another during an IMPACT activity where they played Cell Phone Scavenger Hunt.

It was a great time with many laughs... esp. when we viewed a few in Powerpoint. The first group to e-mail all the assigned pics back to me received CD's.

Fun... thanks Youth Specialties and Tim Schmoyer for the idea!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Text Message Alerts
Students, Parents, and Volunteers: If you have a cell phone and would like to receive IMPACT Updates and Notifications, please Sign up by clicking the link below!

Sign up for our TXT message alerts!

Thanks for your time and your interest in the happenings of ACC Student IMPACT!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ten Ways To Kill Vision In Your Church

#1 – Pray really small prayers…seriously, don’t ask God for ANYTHING big. He DID put an interstate highway through a sea, demolished the walls of Jericho and brought the dead back to life…but I’m sure He doesn’t do things like that anymore! :-)

#2 – Celebrate the past WAY more than you anticipate the future, thus becoming a museum and not a movement!

#3 – Allow those who have never actually done anything for Jesus dictate to you what they believe you can and can’t do for Him!

#4 – Listen and repond to every critic.

#5 – Wait until everything makes perfect sense before you make a decision.

#6 – Spend more time on blogs than you do in your Bible.

#7 – Become more agenda driven than GOSPEL driven!

#8 – Actually believe that EVERYONE must be 100% happy with every detail.

#9 – Vote!

#10 – Become angry/jealous over what God is doing at other places and become hyper focused on all of their problems, thus overlooking your own!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bennie Weenies

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jake is devastated at what Roger has done. And something in him changes. In seeking answers in his own life, one question plagues him the most… Could I have saved him? He is now deeply compelled to reach out to the students who are on the fringe of acceptability by the school’s upper crust. But he finds reaching out to the undesirable threatens his world. He may lose his own friends, his scholarship, his dreams and even his reputation to do it.

I am looking forward to attending a pre-screening at Evansville at my friend Ben Taylor's Church. If you are a leader of teens, and would like to attend, let me know or contact Ben.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pastoring Men
What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why It Matters Now More than Ever

No man fails on purpose, but most men are under a lot of pressure. When a man fails it sets powerful forces of bondage and brokenness in motion. It can take several generations to break the cycle.

As America staggers beneath the load of a 100 major problems like divorce, fatherlessness, poverty, pornography, adultery, abortion, disrespect for authority, ethical failures, and truancy—where have the men gone? What has happened to our men?

At the root of virtually every problem is the failure of a man, ironically a man who got up this morning wishing that his life would make a difference. A man for whom Christ died.

This is an excerpt from the Moody Published book Pastoring Men by Patrick Morley. For more information on this book and how to disciple men, please visit

Friday, September 25, 2009

Hillsong United "LIVE": We're All In This Together

NCM Fathom is partnering with the popular Australian musical group, Hillsong United, for a special in-theatre event for only one night. Hillsong United was originally a youth movement ministry that began in the Hillsong Church out of Australia.

They now have emerged as a very popular international musical group with a very diverse, youthful following across the world. They support social justice movement, with huge emphasis on their music (Christian Contemporary) paving the path for support around poverty, natural disaster relief, equality, human rights and health issues affecting the world.

The event will include a Live introduction from Australia, followed by pre-captured content about their worldwide journey over the past several years and will conclude with Live value added content including acoustic songs by the band and dialogue with the youth ministry in Australia.

Cost is $15 at Showplace 12 in Terre Haute, IN.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Doug Fields: Pursuing New Opportunities
Doug Fields announced his departure from Saddleback Church yesterday – you can read about it in the letter he wrote to our church family. Here’s an excerpt:

What am I going to do? Well, there’s not another specific job” that I’m departing to, but I am leaving staff to pursue some incredible opportunities to express my writing and teaching gifts. What I’m really doing is what I’ve taught you to do-listen for God’s whisper and obey it! Several people have said, You’re crazy to leave a secure Saddleback Church job during this unstable market.” Humanly speaking, they’re right… following God doesn’t always make sense, but I know I need to do the right thing: listen and obey.

Post by Josh Griffin

Friday, September 18, 2009

See You At the Pole 2009

Plan to attend See You at the Pole 2009 at your school. Your Administrators, Teachers, Staff, Class and Friends are depending on you to lift them up in prayer. Don't let them down!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Michael Jackson Remix

Checkout this amazing Remix of the top hits of Michael Jackson. These guys are the bomb! Awesome harmony. Enjoy!

Friday, September 11, 2009

The 2010 Online Missions Trip

January 31 to February 13, 2010

Begin planning now for the Online Missions Trip. This 2-week campaign is designed to empower us, students and leaders alike, to use social media to share Christ with our friends who don’t yet know Him.

During these two weeks you will be engaging in spiritual conversations with unsaved friends about your faith in Christ online by making posts and talking with friends on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, World of Warcraft and other such social hangouts online. You are encouraged to upload videos, post photos, create links, update your status to share what God’s doing in your life, writing notes, sending messages, develop blogs, create intentional events to invite friends to, and anything else that will result in a conversation about your relationship with Christ.

Last year, 3,000 youth leaders and teenagers from every continent except Antarctica intentionally used social media online to share Christ with unsaved friends. Plan to join this evangelistic effort today by marking your calendars, developing a creative plan, and joining the Online Missions Trip on Facebook for encouragement and ideas. Also, checkout On-line Missions Trip at

Friday, September 04, 2009

Kids Need More Than Sports For Positive Growth

If you want your children to flourish, get them involved in extracurricular activities other than sports, new research suggests. Children in fifth, sixth and seventh grades who took part in both sports and after-school activities such as Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H or Scouts had the highest scores for "positive development" and the lowest scores for risky and problem behavior, according to a study from Tufts University, published recently in Developmental Psychology.

"Positive development" includes measures of competence, confidence, character, connection and caring, the study authors explained. The new study found that those students who only took part in sports had lower scores on characteristics of "positive development" and higher scores on bullying, substance use and depression than students who also took part in youth development activities.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Culture Update

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

God's Chisel

The Skit Guys, Tommy and Eddie drive the Gospel message home using Ephesians 2:10 in this creatively crafted skit. May the message take root in our your life as you view it with an open mind and heart. May God's Spirit (The Chisel) transform us into the beings He created us to be!
Gospel Journey Maui Promo

We will be offering the Gospel Journey Maui Study as a "Connection" Group Elective for adults at Agape Christian Church in the near future. Stay tuned to the Discipleship Posts on If you have questions about the content or discussion, feel free to talk to any IMPACT Student.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mobilizing Teenagers to Share the Gospel with Every Teenager They Know

Free Youth Ministry Resources
The Purpose of doing what I do!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hebrews Meets Star Wars

I saw this on Chris Davis' Youth Ministry Geek Blog. Someone took the beginning of the book of Hebrews and made it into an opening scroll from a Star Wars movie. Wish I was teaching out of Hebrews this week! I would definitely find a spot to share the amazing creativity. Enjoy the intro from "Long, Long Ago!"
10 (Mythical) Reason Not to Go to Church with (Real) Responses
from "The Mancode"

Reason #1: Everybody in church is a hypocrite.
(No, everybody in church isn't a hypocrite, and your own negativity doesn't make it a reality.)

Reason #2: The church doesn't meet my needs.
(Lots of people in the church are trying hard to meet your needs. Are you looking past these folks or for them?)

Reason #3: Church takes up too much time.
(Sure church takes time. But so does watching the Golf Channel, the NFL, NASCAR, and American Idol. And which is more important?)

Reason #4: They're always asking for money.
(No, they're not always asking for money. And besides, if every guy gave what he should give, the church wouldn't need to ask for money.)

Reason #5: I don't like the preacher.
(The preacher is trying to get through to you. How hard are you trying to let him get through?)

Reason #6: I had a bad experience in the church.
(No place is perfect. You've had bad experiences everywhere: at work, at home, at school, and just about every place in between. But you probably didn't quit work or drop out of school at the first sign of trouble, and if you did give up, the common denominator is you.)

Reason #7: The music is too loud.

Reason #8: The music isn't loud enough.
(If so, why are you still sitting in the last pew?)

Reason #9: The Sunday School classes are boring.
(Your church obviously needs a few more good teachers. By the way, when was the last time you taught?)

Reason #10: Someone sat in my pew last week.
(Your pew? Maybe the trespasser thought is was God's pew.)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

G-Force Children's Ministry
Boxcar Drive-In Theater
Fri. Aug. 28th at 6:30pm!!!
1st-5th Grade Children...
Wheel on in to the Agape Christian Church Drive-IN Theater with your very own creatively designed box-car for an exciting evening of contests, popcorn, and a movie hosted by the
ACC IMPACT Students!

Awards will be given to those with the most creative designs
from recycleable materials.

Have fun preparing and... Bring a Friend!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Kids Say the Funniest Things

My son told me that I should set up a "Pastor Play Date" at Saddleback to talk ministry with Rick Warren so he could go and tour Legoland in Cali. I never thought of ministry meetings as Pastor Play Dates, but I will from now on. I tweeted Pastor Rick the comment today. He love it and thought Schyler was hilarious.

I think this one topped the "Active Reflexes" comment when referring to struggles with Acid Reflux.

What is the funniest one liner you can remember from your child/children?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Praying for Taiwan

Join me in praying for those suffering from the typhoon in Taiwan and for the churches planted there. May the church be able to minister in the name of Jesus to those left struggling and homeless.
Blue Parakeet
Rethinking How You Read the Bible

If you love the Bible and want to be stretched as a believer with a new approach to reading God's Word, take a look at Scot Mcknight's Blue Parakeet. I have been challenged and a new desire/hunger has emerged to see things in a different perspective.

Friday, August 07, 2009

G-Force: The Movie
Went to the movie with my son Schyler and friend Joshua to see G-Force. Fun movie with some amazing special effects. Totally cool since G-Force is the name of the ACC Children's Ministry. And hey... the popcorn was good too!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Is this the future of Wedding Ceremonies?

It looks as if the future of wedding ceremonies holds dynamic entrances. If this is true, I think I'll struggle with standing at the altar while everyone else makes their moves down the aisle. It's time to break out the cardboard and work on the "Man in the Mirror" moves to join in on the action! Or, on second thought... I'll just try to keep a straight face and try and control and explosive belly laugh! Fun Stuff!

Thanks for the heads up!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fast Food Friday... Superheroes Welcome!

Come join us at Subway on August 7th at 11:30am! Great fun and Good food!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Can a sermon be SCRIPTURE ONLY with no commentary?
Chazz almost did it!!!

from small town...BIG impact. by (chazzdaddy)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Delilah: The Samson Version
Tim Hawkins

Saturday, June 27, 2009

IMPACT at CIY 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Our Judeo-Christian Nation

There are no additional comments necessary! Finally!

Monday, June 08, 2009

ACC Children's Ministry
Boomerang Express VBS

June 8-11th

Children (3yrs-6th Grade) will participate in dynamic Worship, play in some high-energy activities, create cool crafts, taste some "Outback" Snacks, and experience Jesus in an exciting adventure.
For info call (812)299-5450

Thursday, June 04, 2009

If the 10 Commandments Were Text Messaged by God
from ChurchCrunch - The Intersection of Technology and the Church by John Saddington

What if God had text messaged the 10 Commandments? It might look like this:

no1 b4 me. srsly.
dnt wrshp pix/idols
no omg’s
no wrk on w/end (sat 4 now; sun l8r)
pos ok - ur m&d r cool
dnt kill ppl
:-X only w/ m8
dnt steal
dnt lie re: bf
dnt ogle ur bf’s m8. or ox. or dnkey. myob.
M, pls rite on tabs & giv 2 ppl.

ttyl, JHWH.

ps. wwjd?

[HT: McSweeney,

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The Answer to Bad Attitudes...
Freddy Mays Attitude Ajuster

Great Job Phillip and Freddy!!! Looks like Lake Houston could sell a bundle of adjuster to desperate parents as long as they have an extra room in the house and a fridge to boot!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Awkward Questions About Jesus

Children's Ministry is always filled with awkward moments and questions. This video reminded me when all the girls in G-2 cried because I told them that "All Dogs Don't Go To Heaven!" They were crushed, and I felt terrible. It was even worse when I had to correct "Grandma's False Theology" about "Mr. Bunny" and "Mr. Ed the Horse".

Monday, May 18, 2009

Muslim Demographics

According to statistics, Islam will overwhelm Christendom unless Christians recognize the demographic realities, begin reproducing again, and share the gospel with Muslims. I thought this was an interesting video that should force us to our knees and stir our hearts to reach a lost generation.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Steve Harvey's Introduction of Jesus

I don't know theologically where Steve Harvey stands; but the introduction of Jesus during his "Stand-Up" made everyone Stand-Up! Pretty Amazing.

Thanks for the Heads Up Greg Steir.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

HCBC's National Day of Prayer Service

125 Students attended the National Day of Prayer Service at Honey Creek Middle School this foggy morning. Leaders and students alike prayed at the open-mic service for our country, state, and city leaders. Students also prayed for God to move through their school and for a national stand for a Pro-life movement in America. Amazing time of community, donuts, and heart-felt prayers!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Why Do We Let the World Determine the Value of a Person?

Great points by Rick Warren on the Value of People. However his political views are received, Rick got this one right. There are great points for our students to grab onto. Why does the world (esp. media) have to determine the value of a person? Why does it have to be about grades, athletics, or looks? Why can't we accept a person as the perfect creation of our Creator. I am not talking in the sinful state. That's what we do, not what He created us to be. God can take care of the sin. Jesus waits for you receive Him... then you will be transformed into the image He designed.
I am talking about you and I being God's creation, not someone else's! God loves His creation! Jesus died for His creation? Why do we want to re-create His creation? Love as God loves and understand that His Creation has value... in and out of the womb!

Thanks Josh Griffin for posting the video at

Friday, April 24, 2009

Kari Beattie wins a Golden Apple Award

Kari is a special needs teacher at West Vigo Elementary, and serves as one of Agape's Nursery Directors. She and her husband Jeff serve together on the Agape' Childrens Sports Team, Agape' KICKS, during the seasons of Karate and In-door Soccer. Join me as we celebrate this ever-deserving Golden Apple Award with her. Way to go Kari!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I'm Just a Teenager, but I'm the Church

We Are the Church from Southeast Student Ministry on Vimeo.

Great Video!!! Had to re-post for my students. Thanks Southeast Team and Josh Griffin for the heads up on this one!

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Teen Song

The song says it all! Teens are conversationalists!

Thanks for this one Marko!
Flutter... The New Nano Blogging Social Network

Just as you got used to the "tweet" on Twitter, now comes "flap" on Flutter! Check it out!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The IMPACT Jr.High students are ready for a two-day event, packed with high-energy worship, Biblical teaching, new friendships, and challenging opportunities. We are treking to Anderson University Friday expecting to experience God's transforming power in students and adults alike. Pray for us as we desire for God to do something miraculous through the vessel of CIY Believe.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Only Time by Kaylie

Kaylie you did a great job in the play. Just had to post it. We all love you! Blessings!
You Are a Representative of Christ on Earth
by Jim Burns

You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. — 1 Corinthians 12:27

God created the world
He appeared on this earth in the form of Jesus
He was beautiful
We mocked Him and killed Him
He rose from the dead
He is alive and eternal
He needs a new body on this earth
You have been chosen!
You are an important part of the body of Christ. You are needed to fulfill His work on earth. Your job is to live as He lived and love as He loved. One other thing—He gives you His Spirit to get you through the day.

I Love Jim's simplicity with today's devotional. Check out other resources from

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Resurrection Appearances of the Savior

1. To Mary Magdalene in the garden (Mk. 16:9 ; Jn. 20:11-18 ).
2. To the women returning from the tomb (Mt. 28:9 , 10 ).
3. To two disciples on the Emmaus Road (Lk. 24:13-32; Mk. 16:12 , 13 ).
4. To Peter in Jerusalem (Lk. 24:34 ; 1 Cor. 15:5 ).
5. To ten of his apostles in the upper room (Lk. 24:36-43; Jn. 20:19-23).
6. To eleven of his apostles in the upper room (Jn. 20:24-29 ).
7. To seven of his apostles by the Galilean Sea (Jn. 21:1-24 ).
8. To his apostles and 500 believers on Mt. Tabor (Mt. 28:16-20 ; 1 Cor. 15:6 ).
9. To eleven of his apostles and James, his half-brother, in Jerusalem (Mk. 16:14-18 ; Lk. 24:44-49 ; 1 Cor. 15:7 ).
10. To the eleven on the Mount of Olives (Lk. 24:50-53 ; Acts 1:3 ).

Wilmington's Guide to the Bible
The Last Statements of the Savior

1. “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Lk. 23:34 ).
2. “Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Lk. 23:43 ).
3. “Woman, behold thy son! Behold thy mother!” (Jn. 19:26 , 27 ).
4. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mt. 27:46 ).
5. “I thirst” (Jn. 19:28 ).
6. “It is finished” (Jn. 19:30 ).
7. “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Lk. 23:46 ).

Wilmington's Guide to the Bible

How Could it Be?
by Greg Stier

How could He live through all the pain?
How could He suffer and still stay sane?
In spite of the lash’s cruel embrace,
Unmingled focus upon His face.
Like raining sulfur on His back
The Cat of Nine it did attack.
It hit and ripped and hurt and tore.
But Jesus lived…for there was more.

How could He die as sinners do?
A wooden cross, a nail or two.
He hung and bled in utter pain,
As crowds they mocked His holy Name.
On one side a man who now believes.
On the other a man in anger seethes.
He will not trust a bleeding King
Eternal life for him to bring.

How could our God be crucified?
How could the Creator of life now die?
How could the indestructible break?
How could the Father His Son forsake?
How could His back be turned on Him?
How could Christ suffer for my sin?
How could this death bring victory?
How could it save both you and me?

“Eloi! Eloi!” Jesus cried.
“It is finished!” then He died.
The veil was torn. The victory won.
We were spared. He was done.
In our stead He took our pain.
The sting of hell on him did rain.
He bore the sins and all the shame
Of all who call upon His Name.

How could this Jesus be in the grave?
His body buried in a cave.
The cloth and darkness wrap Him tight.
He breathes no air. He sees no light.
He’s dead, a corpse, all His friends grieve.
His earlier message still not received,
The news that He would rise again,
And live anew and conquer sin.

How could it be Him just standing there?
They hear him say “Now do not fear.”
He ate some fish. I’m sure He smiled.
He arose. He left, to reconcile.
What once was lost had now been found.
The angels cheered. The demons frowned.
For God’s own Son claimed victory.
He died, He rose for you and me.

How can it be?
How could it be?
That He loves you?
That He loves me?

Greg Stier

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Dare2Share Office

North Carolina Tar Heels Take Michigan State in 89-72 Win

It was great to finally see a Big 10 School back in the dance in the Final Game of March Madness, but I had to cheer on my #3 the North Carolina Tar Heels. If IU and ISU cannot contend, it's always UNC! It has been a great run for the Tar Heels... Congrats! Also, I am callin' out my Brother in the Lord Tyler Zeller from Washington, IN! Hope to see you at CIY Anderson this year!

Pic: Associated Press; April 6, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

Current State of the Family

The current state of the family is in a crisis! We can blame it on whatever; however, the issue is how do we correct it. I don't want to sound cliche', but the answer is always Jesus Christ. Our only hope comes from Christ. Do you believe that? I hope so!

However, I don't think God just wants us to stand around waiting for Christ to return to straighten things out! I believe He desires for us to take the action necessary to strengthen our own families in Christ and to help others in this fallen state of affairs. The first step is recognizing that there is a crisis, then seeking the face of God for wisdom on how to personally and ministerially handle the issues... asking Him to do a might work in the hearts and lives of all those involved.

Following is a direct post from Homeward's Jim Burns on the crisis:

I know you would agree with me that as the family goes so goes the future strength of our nation and the church. Just at a time in our nation’s history with the economy faltering and what seems like almost a general depression in the lives of so many people, the changing face of the American family is also in great need.

As Dorothy said to her little dog in the Wizard of Oz, “Toto we aren’t in Kansas anymore.” Let me put some stark facts in front of you:
  • The cell phone will be the greatest distributor of pornography for kids before the year 2011.
  • "Sexting” is the new craze reported CBS news last week. 1 out of 5 kids have received an unwanted text photo of someone naked on their cell phone.
  • 160,000 kids stayed home from school today (and everyday) because of bullying and they literally are afraid to go to class.
  • 12 million people in America participate in self-injury (mainly cutting) each year with most of them being young people.
  • Today there are at least 25 different Sexually Transmitted Diseases people can catch. Time magazine reported: of the young people who are sexually active, they will have 7 different partners by age 25. One out of five has a sexually transmitted disease. Do the math – it isn’t pretty!
I do not want to sound like a gloom and doom prophet but friends, we are one generation away from a greater disaster with the current state of the family; greater than any economic problems we have. (Jim Burns... Homeward)

What is it that God is calling you to do in your own families and in the lives of those in your community? I can tell you that it starts with pointing students to Jesus Christ! We here at Agape are doing the best we can with what and who we have been resourced with. If you love students and feel compelled to serve in our student ministry... we want and need you! This next year, with an influx of students at every level and age, we need more volunteers. It's time to get involved. It's time to help restore this generation in the power and wisdom of Jesus Christ! Join me in helping to mobilize students to a deeper relationship with Christ, and as a result, strengthen our families.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Agape Christian Church IMPACT Students attended the Dare2Share "INVINCIBLE" Tour in downtown St. Louis last weekend. It was an amazing opportunity to be equipped to share the GOSPEL message by some amazing teachers and preachers. Students were challenged by the D2S Team to "Go All Out... or Go Home!" Students had opportunities to share their faith in Christ with the lost by calling their unsaved friends on cell phones, by going door to door in the communities surrounding St. Louis, and by intentionally starting conversations downtown and at the motels they were staying.

The Preacher, Greg Stier passionately shared the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ in a palletable way so students could grasp how to share the love and forgiveness of Christ with their friends and how to have a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe by accepting Jesus as Lord for those who had not made that personal decision.

"Mobilizing teenagers to relationally and relentlessly reach their generation for Christ!"

My friend Sean, who was in the "Sharing Zone" the whole time, was able to experience a dream come true by meeting one of his evangelist superheroes, Greg Steir. Sean is passionate about sharing the Gospel with unbelievers. He has an extremely compassionate heart and an evangelistic personality.

Zane Black surfed in to encourage students to share Christ with his personal testimony and to share some practical witnessing applications through drama and "Zane-iness!"

A few of the girls were thinking of ways they could share the love of Christ with their friends! Or, they were dreaming of ways they could get Zane to go with them to grab a chili-cheese dog!

Besides the rain and snow, it was an amazing weekend that connected with our students and is still resonating as I have already heard stories about how they are invading their campuses and neighborhoods with the Good News of Jesus. We are truly on a GOSPEL Journey!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Goals for Daily Living
by Jim Burns

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.—Proverbs 16:9

Have you ever written down goals for living your life? I'm not talking about the do's and don'ts of legalism. I mean forming a philosophy of life and then living your life to the fullest according to your goals.

F.B. Meyer was a great writer and minister of the gospel. He had seven goals for daily living that I use and recommend.

1. Make a daily, definite consecration of yourself to God (audibly).
2. Tell God you are willing to be willing about all.
3. Reckon on Christ to do His part perfectly.
4. Confess sin instantly.
5. Hand over to Christ every temptation and care.
6. Keep in touch with Christ. (Read the Word, and good books; pray; and seek places and people where He is.)
7. Expect the Holy Spirit to work in, with, and for you.

Homeward Devotionals

Thursday, March 26, 2009

IMPACT Student Ministry at the Dare 2 Share Conference in St. Louis

Pray for the conference this weekend and our students as we embark on the Gospel Journey to St. Louis, MO. We are expecting God to do some amazing things in and through our students. In the words of Greg Steir...

We have over 8,000 teenagers already registered and could see close to 9,000 teens in total with those who sign up at the door. That’s a potential army of Jesus loving, gospel sharing evangelists who come from all over the midwest and could be used to strike a revival of Biblical proportions all across America. God is up to something big. We are more than willing to drive 14 hours to see what it is.

May lives be transformed and passions ignited for the Kingdom of God as students are trained and sent out to testify in the name of Jesus Christ. May they obtain a boldness that encourages each of the to share the Gospel of Christ with everyone they come in contact with. May our student ministry and our schools be transformed by the efforts of D2S, your prayers, and the power of Christ.

Monday, March 16, 2009

8 Reasons We Don't Share Our Faith

Friday, March 13, 2009

30 Questions Poll:
Poll: Which questions, in your opinion, do you feel you need the answers to the most (Top 5 in order), based on questions you and your friends have?

1. Who is God, and what is He like?
2. What is the Trinity?
3. Who is Jesus, and what is His message?
4. Why did Jesus die on the cross?
5. How do I know Jesus really rose from the dead?
6. Who is the Holy Spirit, and what does He do?
7. How do I get plugged in to the power of the Holy Spirit?
8. Is the Bible really God’s word, and does it really relate to my life?
9. What is truth, and can I know it with certainty?
10. What is sin, and how does it impact my life and my relationships with others?
11. Why does God allow evil in the world?
12. What is a Christian, and how does a person become one?
13. If Jesus is the only way to heaven, are all other religions wrong?
14. What about people who have never heard about the Gospel?
15. What is the Great Commission, and how does it relate to me?
16. Is there a real heaven and hell, and what are they like?
17. Is there a judgment day, and what difference should it make in my life?
18. Can I really be forgiven for all my sins, even the really bad ones?
19. Will God ever leave me or forsake me?
20. Who are Satan and his demons?
21. How do I engage in spiritual warfare?
22. What is the Church, and why should I be involved?
23. What are spiritual gifts, and how do I discover mine?
24. How should the return of Christ impact my life?
25. What is prayer, and how do I do it?
26. Why should I study my Bible, and how do I do it?
27. How do I defend my faith?
28. Who am I, where did I come from, and what is my purpose?
29. Did God create everything, and why does it matter?
30. How can I worship God in everything I do?

Based off the D2S 30 Core Truth Questions
4-Day School Week Gaining Steam as Cost-Cutting Measure
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — With the nation's school districts strapped for cash, more are considering a schedule that delights students and makes working parents cringe: Class only four days a week.

By extending school hours and eliminating a day of classes each week, education officials say they could save busloads of money on transportation and utilities.

While there's still debate about how much districts will save, proponents say the shortened week can improve attendance and teacher retention. As for academics, studies have shown the four-day schedule does not hinder student achievement, and may even help improve test scores.

Some districts have even reported fewer disciplinary referrals and more classroom participation.

"It's hard to get to the why, of course, because so many things affect student achievement," said Andrea D. Beesley of Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning in Denver.

State laws govern how many days students must attend class each year. In places where four-day weeks are allowed, districts are required to hold an equivalent number of instructional hours. That typically means adding just over an hour of class each day.

For the complete story check out: Fox News

Friday, March 06, 2009

TeamKID: Truly Transforming



Thursday, March 05, 2009

Great Time Today at the HC Breakfast Club with 212+ Students

Our New Hall Sign


17 Doz. Donuts

Devotional and Prayer Time

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

"It's Not Fair" Music Video from the the 2009 NYMC

"I've Seen It All" Music Video from the 2009 NYMC

Monday, March 02, 2009

2009 National Youth Ministry Conference Twitter Roll

Be sure to stay connected and pray for new friends and Affinity Group members through Twitter and Blog Posts! Check it out at #nymc!
Josh and Jake's Segway Ride

Sack Chair Diving with Josh and Jake

Remember... Day Four of the NYMC
What is the most humbling appeal you will make to God for this year?
Think big... Pray big! Eph 3:20-21.

Doug Fields preaching on the "Phases of Ministry and Personal Life"

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that does not produce fruit, and he cleanses every branch that does produce fruit so that it might produce more fruit. John 15:1

1. Forced Fruit
2. Fake Fruit
3. Fresh Fruit

Now to the one who can do infinitely more than all we can ask or imagine according to the power that is working among us— to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Eph 3:20-21.

Friends Chris and Jake

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Remember... Night Three of the NYMC 2009
A Solid Night of Worship and Content

The Skit Guys just changed the course of history with the re-enactment of the fall of Adam and Eve. Wild and Crazy Guys!

Doug delivered a simple, but challenging message surrounding the question of "What do you want kids to remember about your ministry when they are older?" Oh... how often we for get. We are much like a gold fish which have a 3 second span of memory. Reminds me of Jr.High ministry. Are you passing on the fundamentals of the faith? He used the change in our pockets to help us "Remember..."

Penny: Remember... Your PAST can be forgiven in Christ.
Nickel: Remember... God's Spirit in us NOW in Christ.
Dime: Remember... God has reserved an eternal DETERMINED DESTINY for those who believe and trust in Jesus.
Quarter: Remember... QUALITY GROWTH continues in those who follow Jesus.

What would our ministry look like if we would only remember the foundations of our faith? Remember to Remember what you want kids to Remember!

Doug Fields made kids play Red Rover, Red Rover in the dark and a student got a concussion was the results!

Derek Webb singing and playing amazing harmonics on his guitar to "Nobody Loves Me." Download his newest CD for FREE Now!

Back to the Hotel Hotel!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Remember... Night Two of the NYMC 2009

Night 2 kicked off with many Fun Games and an American Idol Sing-Off to the sounds of Journey hosted by Secreast wanna-be Josh Griffin. John is the big American Idol winner!

The Skit Guys Rocked the house like usual with their gut-busting antics.

Kay Warren challenged Youth Workers from abroad with the question, "Do you pray for a surrendered, disturbed, and ruined life in your walk with Chirst?" The kingdom of "You" and "Me" says NO to Him and His Kingdom. She asked, "What will it take for you to really surrender?" It is time to say NO to me and Yes to Him in a bold and daring way!

Do we really trust God enough to answer with reckless abandon? Is there anything in our lives that we are willing to die for to follow the call of Jesus? Kay went on with the most challenging point of all by stating that, "If you are not willing to die for your faith, then don't call yourself a disciple. To be ruined is to follow Jesus at all cost!" We have the opportunity to make an invisible God visible! Will we continue to sit on the sidelines in our comfortable churches? Wow!!! What powerful challenges and thoughts to unpack!

"It's not fair" music video by Jakester premiered! Great Video! Can't wait to share it with others!

Caedmans Call rocked the house with serious percussion and
melodic harmony. Awesome sound!

The 100th SYM Live Podcast. Great gig and digs! Watch it live on