Archive for November 6th, 2007

Welcome to the World Ms. Downing!

Jake & Jenn Downing had their 2nd little girl today.  Mom and baby are doing well.  Pray for them!


Parent Information Meeting

This Sunday we are hosting one of my favorite things that we do each year.  We have our Parent Info Meeting.  I love being able to connect with parents and share what we do and why we do it.

We greatly desire to partner with parents to help them be the spiritual leaders that they are called to be for their families.  What does that look like?  Discipleship isn’t a program of the youth ministry.  While we work to encourage youth to get a mentor, daily spend time reading God’s Word, and resource them with the tools that they need to grow we  understand that discipleship is really the role of the parents.

In  writing this I understand that there are students who don’t have parents who are capable of  discipling them – we work with them.  But for students who have parents who can disciple their kids we work to help and resource the parents.  I believe this is truly God breathed –  Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

I don’t believe that God asks us to “farm out” our kids to others to talk to them about God – while we as a student ministry have a role in helping reinforce what the parents are doing at home, we are not the primary people that get this done.

If you are part of GCC and have a student in Impact we would love to connect with you this Sunday at 12:30.  Join us as we introduce our youth staff, share plans for 2008, and connect together to IMPACT the Youth of Central NH with the Love of Jesus.