This past weekend I had the opportunity to work/minister at a retreat my college (Piedmont Baptist College, http://www.pbc.edu) does every year. The class, Ministry of Christian Camping, puts on this retreat every year as their final grade. I have not taken that class yet, but was asked to be the media/tech guy at the retreat. I have a passion for using media/tech in the ministry so it was fun running the sound, easyworship software, and all the other media for this retreat. The retreat was held at a camp close to campus called Merriwoord Christian Camp (www.campmerriwood.net) in Clemmons, NC. They have held the retreat every year for 3o years their so far. This retreat is put on by all college students from our college and is for youth groups all over the triad area. We had about six youth groups come out and in all about 100 students where there this past weekend. The theme for the weekend was Recharge! Our speaker throughout the weekend was Brian Baker who is a Word of Life area missionary. On Friday night, three students excepted Christ and on Saturday night 23 students surrender their life to stand up for Christ! The retreat was jam-packed with games, food, activities, and all around fun! The services where so fun and intense. The students loved the band and was jumping around to almost every song! I am so glad I got the chance to run the media/tech for this retreat! Over the next few post I will post some of the media/tech stuff I did this past weekend.
Wow, it has been a long time since I have blogged! Since my last blog on here a few things have changed about my life. God has been working and doing some things that have been preparing me for the future. I am done with my student ministry internship at my home church and now taking time to focus on my classes here at PBC.
The good news is God has given me a summer ministry job at Skyview Ranch in Millersburg, Ohio! I will be working there all summer as a counselor! For more info and details about Skyview and there ministry visit their website at http://www.skyviewranch.com.
As a youth pastor in training, I know the many bad reputations and things that we are tagged with. Sometimes we are seen as people in ministry who get the “easy” job because we hangout with students and that we have it made. The truth of the matter is they could never be further from the truth. This is just a fun little video that gives youth pastors like me a good laugh!
This video really made me think about how we use video clips and media in our churches today. I am all for using media during a service, but I do believe that the Word of God and the preaching of it should be the majority. Too many churches rely on video clips and media to get their points across, but they spend little time actually preaching the Scriptures! Video clips and media should only be a tool to help, not a means by getting our message across. The preaching of Scripture should always be what matters most and I believe the power of God to change life’s is through His Word! I agree and disagree with Piper, but he makes some great points in this video.
I recently starting using Twitter to stay connected with others in ministry. It has been great because I am getting to follow some of my favorite speakers and also keep in touch with others in student ministry! As far as students, I use Facebook to keep in touch with the students in my ministry. I send them messages, comments, and such to let them know I’m praying for them! Our student ministry, The Grove (www.ugbcgrove), now has it’s own Facebook group and it has been great! The parents and teens are loving it because we can upload and tag the students with pics we take at activities and such. Also, we can get info out a whole lot easier and better through the Facebook! I would love to hear what others have to say about using these sites for ministry purposes! Please comment and let me hear your thoughts and vote on the poll below!