Monthly Archives: November 2012

Jumbo S’mores and Gratitude

My Facebook news feed has been blowing up with people giving a daily post of what they are thankful for.

It’s definitely a healthy thing to do.  Even when there are times if I get frustrated or irritated with a person, situation, or circumstance, if I pull back for more than five seconds and look at the big picture, one word comes to mind, blessed.

Here are some of the reasons for that:

My wife Katelyn, who I’m thankful to have by my side during this wild ride called life.  It really is amazing to have a spouse who shares core values with you and can buy into the idea that we are a team with a similar vision and mission.  We also just enjoyed a great Thanksgiving break with both our families.  I do not use this word often but that time was, well, precious.  I am also thankful for having a purpose in life, food, too many clothes, a place to call home (temporarily), scholarships, overall health, jobs, excitement of meeting new friends and reconnecting with previous ones, no pressure to be perfect, hope for eternity, and baseball.

On a random note, something else we are thankful for is that we have discovered jumbo marshmallows that make jumbo s’mores like the one below possible!

Jumbo S’more!

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Who’s got your back?

There’s strength in numbers.

This past week myself and some other area youth workers began the, “NKY Youth Ministry Network.”  There are many reasons why this is awesome.  The fact this group even exists makes a statement about the church as a whole as well as our ministries.  Instead of feeling like we are competing with one another, we all recognize that we are a part of THE church (body of believers) which has a shared mission.

Another important piece is that it is not just a business-like networking meeting where we are trying to exploit each other’s resources and connections, we are simply sharing life and encouraging each other.  That is the foundation of what we are about, we believe youth ministry happens best in shared-life community.  Joint events and other types of partnerships might flow from this identity but the foundation is rooted in believing that having a group of people that understand your particular position and role within a local church is valuable.

It is a round-table type of setup and is not a one-sided conversation, which seems to be the way everything is heading these days.  This circle is already made up of men and women from the Christian, Baptist, and Methodist denominations.  Unity is a beautiful and biblical concept.  The NKY Youth Ministry Network is a great thing to be a part of from the beginning and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!

Roundtable

I have to believe that this sort of network community is already happening for all sorts of other walks of life as well.  If not, it totally should!  Are you involved in any sort of group with a similar approach to the NKY Youth Ministry Network?  Have you heard of any other groups like this in other types of jobs/vocations?  We’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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