Archive for October, 2011

Biggest Church in The World

Posted: October 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

So there has been this talk recently among members of the church here in the U.S. as to who has the biggest church in the world. There are some really big churches here in the U.S. like Saddleback, and some others but from what I gather the biggest exists in South Korea. This was a big surprise nonetheless. I wonder what you think. Have you heard anything different. Do you know the name of the biggest church in South Korea?

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In order for youth ministry to be truly effective, it isn’t something that just happens out of thin air. It takes leaders who are dedicated to improving their skills and building a powerful youth ministry takes serious consideration and time.  There are a few points here that should be considered if trying to build up a ministry that involves influencing the lives of young people.

First, it should be held on a level playing field. Adults should be ready to share experiences and wisdom with kids since they are less experienced in the ways of life. There are things both youth and adult mentors can learn from each other, based on the stage in their lives. Adults readily forget that they were kids once and having young people around can help jog your memory to some of the important aspects like coming to God with childlike faith. Believing that He will come through 100%.

Second, communication happens through an interest in listening and not always talking. This is hard for some adults who believe that what they have to say is much more important than anything young people have to mention. This should not be followed, as with any great communicator in history, listening is key (just ask Dale Carnegie).

Finally, it is a valuable trait to affirm and appreciate young people and their contribution to various activities and events. Young people are often the first to volunteer at homeless shelters or build homes for the needy. This is a great thing to highlight if you are a youth pastor.

These are just a few things to remember next time you interface with young people.

Having the heart of a servant is exactly what Jesus was looking for in his disciples and followers. Creating youth ministry activities that really matter include going out into the community and reaching out to others. Some churches are so focused on their own growth, that they forget to reach out to the broader community. Examples of activities that can help foster community awareness and reaching out to the broader group include opening up your church for others to use, such as a kitchen or meeting room. Also, teaching youth that they can really impact the community by bringing clothes and essentials to homeless shelters. The most important part is that they look to others to support their efforts while reaching out in the community.