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Student Ministry and Church Planting

By Makenzie Woerner, Administrative Assistant, Multiplying Churches Team My husband Bryce and I graduated from Liberty University in May 2011, became husband and wife in June 2011 and joined the work at Living Legacy Church in July 2011. Bryce became the Youth Pastor while LLC was still considered a church plant. This means we were blessed to start a Student Ministry from scratch within the context of a church plant, which was a unique experience. We have seen first-hand how Student Ministry in a church plant benefits the entire family. When we started the Student Ministry at LLC, named Counter Culture, we focused on relationship building and the quality of those relationships instead of the number of students, resources or program opportunities. We chose to focus on discipleship and solid Biblical teaching. It seems as though many churches get caught up in the number game, especially when it comes to attendance. We decided early on that we would not focus on numbers but on simply being obedient–obedient to those to whom God gave us to minister, whether it be 200 students or 2. We feel that being in a church plant gave us the freedom to view ministry in this way. Our focus became quality not quantity. We were able to spend time with these young men and young ladies each week. We spent time with their families and invested our love for...

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Teaching Children the Bible

By Rev. David A. Ludwig, Associate Healthy Churches Team Leader The Proverb tells us, “Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverb 22:6 HCSB) Teaching our children and youth to read and study the Bible is one of the best ways to instill the ways of God in them, and there are some great resources available to help you. Did you know that LifeWay has three different lines of curricula? Did you know that they have devotional guides for children and youth? The same study guides that adults use are available for children and youth, too.  Here are a few: Explore the Bible for Kids, a book-by-book study for babies through preteens, takes them on a journey into Scripture where they’ll see the Bible in a way that will make them want to dig deep—building a foundation for life transformation.   The Gospel Project for Kids is a Christ-centered Bible study that follows a chronological timeline of Bible events— presenting the story of redemption through Jesus like kids have never seen it! Gospel Project is designed to immerse kids in the Gospel through every story and theological concept. Each week, the stories come to life through video, music, activities and more. A third choice is Bible Studies For Life which utilizes hands-on learning to get children excited about the God of the Bible. This...

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Son of a Preacher Man

By Dr. David Waltz, Executive Director-Treasurer During the fall of my junior year in High School in 1968, Dusty Springfield recorded “Son of a Preacher Man.” Having grown up in a pastor’s home, it was “cool” to have a song to which I could relate. I remember fantasizing that I was like “Billy Ray,” the preacher’s son who “when his daddy would visit, he’d come along.” Some of the girls in school teased me with the words of the song, claiming that “the only one who could ever reach me,” they’d say, “was the sweet talkin’ son of a preacher man.” For a number of years it was my unofficial theme song! I have since learned that some kids have struggles with being a preacher’s kid (or a P.K.). In my case, I was proud of my dad and glad to be a P.K. Though he was often gone in the evenings to meetings at church, he usually would get home in time to visit with me and tuck me in bed. I can remember bedtime back rubs for sore muscles from whatever sport I was playing at the time while he inquired about my day. And, though he was extremely busy as a pastor of a growing church, he was able to regularly make it to sporting events that I was involved in at school. I have other great...

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Taking on the Mountain

By Kim Wilson, Collegiate Minister, California University of Pennsylvania “I don’t think I should go on the hike,” Jackie confessed to me while we were standing in the back of a cattle truck on our way back to the compound. We were wrapping up our mission trip in Dominican Republic with an excursion the next morning, and Jackie was battling her fears. “What if I don’t make it to the top? What if I hold everyone back?” These and other questions tumbled out of her mouth in quick succession, like they had been rehearsed. I acknowledged her fears and offered a rebuttal: “What if you do make it to the top? The view is like none you’ve ever seen.” Hesitantly, she agreed to take on the mountain, even though she knew she wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the athletes. We started up the trail, and I could see the apprehension in her eyes. I told her I was with her all the way. When we stopped in a shady spot to get some water and rest for a bit, she fought off tears and the anxiety that was threatening to give her a full-on asthma attack. We pressed on, and our hike continued in much the same fashion. A lot of things were stacked against Jackie that day: heat, anxiety, and a looming mountain that seemed impossible...

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The Planting Movement Continues to Grow…

By Gerald Mounce, Church Planting Catalyst, Central Region Why is it we get so many calls from men who want to plant churches in our state convention? Consider the following stories. I had never heard of Pastor Mike’s independent church 30 minutes away. He knew the BRN of PA/SJ was planting churches, and he had an interested friend. This friend went another direction, but Mike followed up about church planting. Once he understood our system, he said, “I want to go full bore in church planting, and to do that, we want to be an SBC church.” Pastor Ted ministered in PA/SJ for years, went to Ohio, and came back three years later. He said, “I wanted to plant a church, and Muncy seems to be the best place for me to do that.” Southwestern seminary student Jeremy heard a testimony of our need for churches in, of all places, Pottsville where his wife was reared! He is now finishing his Master’s degree online, from Pottsville, preparing for a crucial role in the new plant. He leads a small group study in the Yuengling Mansion. Countless stories like these can be told by each Church Planting Catalyst across our state. I believe one reason this movement is effective is because of our assessment process. Pre-assessment by a seasoned planter Objective online assessments for planting gifts, personality, and marriage Personal, formal...

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