Each month Youth Ministries feature three Features of the Month.
- Moment of the Month features our fun youth ministry finds, you will see everything from movie trailers to magazine ads to YouTube videos.
- Link of the Month features a recommended youth ministry site.
- Taste of the Month features a taste of training or something we think would be worth you to nibble on for sharing Jesus with this generation of youth.
Check em’ out and enjoy!
Moment of the Month
Addicted to Texting?
A recent study draws parallels between compulsive activities of gamblers with teens who text.
What are you seeing?
Do teens understand texting as a tool or is it a tool that drives them?
What can youth leaders do to aid teens and their families?
Link of the Month
We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Minneapolis-based ministry YouthWorks. One of YouthWorks’ short-term domestic serving trips has been categorized as an AFLC Youth Ministries week. AFLC teens and leaders can register for July 5-8, 2016 in Kansas City, MO. With this trip designated for our fellowship, AFLC teens can look forward to serving in a large urban community alongside other AFLC teenagers in junior high and high school. The cost for the week is $199.
For specific questions on this trip, contact YouthWorks at the linked information.For inquiries about this partnership, contact Pastor Jason Holt at AFLC Youth Ministries.
Taste of the Month
"Meaningful Christ Connection in a Digital Age"
One of our congregations in Wisconsin asked me to do a parent-youth seminar on the topic “Meaningful Christ Connections in a Digital Age.” Here is a sketch of it:
a. I Thessalonians 2:8-9 – Believers are called to both the content of the Gospel and the connections with one another.
b. Luke 15 – The prodigal son and the father reflects the range of limited connection to restored connection.
c. Home – Applications for families take into account the communication styles of parents and teens.
d. Goals – Setting a specific goal for morning or evening as a family can impact connections with one another.
a. I Corinthians 2:1-5 – Believers are called to prioritize Jesus Christ and Him crucified in our communication.
b. II Timothy 1:8-13 – The key people the Lord has placed in our lives (family and congregation) point us to God’s calling and responsibilities.
c. Home – Applications for families take into account both discernment and grace.
d. Goals – Setting a measurable goal for each week as a family can increase the Christ-conversations in everyday life.
- DIGITAL AGE
a. Boundaries – What can be done to make healthy benchmarks for all members of the family with media?
i. Texting for connection over task or tracking
ii. Family meal times as “no screen zone”
iii. Reminding one another about distracted driving
iv. Encourage one another in online safety
v. Select screen limits that are age appropriate
b. Attitude – In what ways can we grow in respect and love with one another in this area?
i. Social media used as a means of encouraging one another
ii. Guarding against “phubbing” – phone snubbing – in our conversations
iii. Utilizing Scripture to direct our attention to the humility of Christ
If you are interested in more information on this parent/youth seminar or on other offerings from AFLC Youth Ministries, please contact me at 763.545.5631.