It Matters (Pastor Josh)

A couple Wednesday nights ago I saw something pretty awesome. Our student minister, Pastor Andy, built a Wheel of Fortune game from scratch. Not an actual wheel, but an all digital wheel that would be projected on the wall and the student could control it with their foot. It was awesome! I mean, youth ministers these days are coming up with some pretty amazing ways to connect with kids, and then they incorporate God’s Word into the meeting. It’s a win, win. I put a picture of the promo image they made for the event. Unbelievable!

You know, the student ministry at New Hope is really solid right now. I came to New Hope in 2006 and was lucky to be the youth pastor for several years, but I’ve got to tell you, we weren’t doing things nearly as cool as they’re doing now.

High school students have their own meeting time on Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM, and middle school students have a Wednesday night program that is really strong right now. Parents, the onus is on us to make sure our children are at these meetings. They’re too good to miss!

There is also a Sunday school class for middle school and high school at 9:00 AM, which is before our 10:00 AM Worship service. They even serve waffles to the kids who aren’t able to get breakfast. Hope is Rising is the name of our group. Check out Pastor Andy’s program here:

I also want to mention that the teaching of God’s Word is front and center in these meetings. Pastor Andy does a good job of being in sync with what is happening in our worship services, so the teens are getting the same message everywhere they turn.

That brings me to our Children’s Ministry. Pastor Taryn is one of the most passionate Bible teachers we have, and she just loves to be with the children. This was a picture taken of her during VBS this year, and no, she didn’t know the camera was on her. 🙂

Our Children’s Ministry is called KIDCITY, and meets on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Parents, children don’t drive, but they respond best when they are in a consistent community. It is our responsibility to connect our children to things that put Christ first in their lives. God knows we do all we can to make sure they don’t miss events that have nothing to do with God, why not make a commitment to plug your children in to Wednesday night and Sunday morning programming for a year.

You know what, that’s a good idea. We should all commit to that. Let’s be honest, there are times when our kids tell us they don’t want to do something, but what if we, as parents, all committed to bring our children and students to church meetings that are designed for them? Maybe we could commit to a year of doing that, and also commit to a year of praying for our children and teens so that they would see the true importance of placing Jesus as #1 in their life.

It starts with us, the parents. Yes, I am one of them…and I have children in both groups. I am committing to get them to church, and I’ll pick yours up to bring them as well if I have to. I believe it’s THAT important. Who’s with me?!