1) Understand the 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Youth & Family Ministry
Every Youth & Family ministry should strive to have all 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Youth & Family Ministry, but how these look in each ministry will be different. Every church is unique and so should every Youth & Family ministry, but these 10 core characteristics will help you to see the goal of what you are trying to build.
On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Youth & Family Service Team will be conducting a Youth & Family Training Day in San Antonio, TX. The Mission Point Christian Church in San Antonio is graciously hosting this event.
ICOC Families has a new Facebook page titled: ICOC Families
-We want to help everyone interested in ICOC Family events to stay connected.
-The page will include the following information:
-Event updates on the ICYFM 2013
-Information about new items posted to ICOCfamilies.com
-Pictures from various kingdom events
-Opportunity to ask questions or comment on questions others post.
-Check us out at our Facebook page: ICOC Families
-Get updates when we post new information
-Spread the good news to your friends, neighbors, and visitors.
Curt Ammons teaches on the fascinating life of Solomon and the fight for purity. Certainly we can all learn a great deal from one of the wisest and richest men who ever lived, King Solomon. (Click here to listen now to Curt's sermon: "Solomon: The Fight for Purity".) But first, Curt shares about how God led him to serve in the youth and family ministry.
(Curt): My wife, Heidi, and I have been in the full-time ministry since 1994. We have three children—Wade, who is 10; Kaileigh, who is seven; and Chase, five. We love serving in the Youth and Family Ministry in the Chicago Church of Christ; it is truly our passion and joy. Heidi and I try very hard to “be all about the kingdom."
We enjoy many blessings as disciples of Jesus. In the Chicago Church of Christ, we also enjoy the sweet fellowship of nearly two thousand brothers and sisters. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of our church and we are now fully experiencing our second generation.
(An important part of loving our teenagers is trying to understand who they are and how they think.)
Battle Cry For A Generation, Ron Luce
o This book describes the fight against sin we must engage in to save America's Youth.
Family-Based Youth Ministry, Mark DeVries
o Young people belong in the life of the church & the church belongs in the lives of its youth.
Hurt, Chap Clark
o Author spends a year with high school students – getting into their world. He discovers a sub-culture of American teenagers that feel abandoned and isolated by adults.
The Blessing, Trent & Smalley
o Jacob received a wonderful blessing from Isaac and it changed his life forever. This book explores the importance and the numerous ways we can bless our kids.