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Burnt Popcorn pt. 1

Burnt Popcorn: And Other Things That Go Bump in the Night in Youth Ministry 

I have to give props to my friend Chico for this one.  Last week while I was taking some of the youth of our church to the Awakening Conference I was definitely entertaining people with my Twitter updates.  After one of the updates Chico replied and said one of my updates would be a great book title.  Now I’m not sure if I will use this as a book title, but it will definitely be an informative and humorous blog post.

Here is how the inspirational title came about.  I think it was the 2nd night of the conference.  I am sitting quietly in my room and I started to hear noise in the hall.  As I left my room I found my students in the hall and a strange smell in the air.  It was Burnt Popcorn.  It just wasn’t the smell though.  There was a cloud in the air and it was almost unbearable to be in the room.  The cloud began to leave the room, enter the hall and our entire wing was filled with the smell of Burnt Popcorn.  After the Burnt Popcorn update Chico replied back with the title, “Burnt Popcorn: And Other Things That Go Bump in the Night in Youth Ministry.”

Many time in youth ministry (or any ministry) Burnt Popcorn happen.  What is Burnt Popcorn?  Burnt Popcorn can happen in a variety of ways.  It is that stuff that could easily derail our leadership or those things that we are trying to accomplish.  Burnt Popcorn can be the car rental company that can take the reservation, but is unable to hold the reservation (Thanks Sienfeld).  It can be vans breaking down when you are out of state.  It can be kids sneaking out of their hotel room.  It can be simple or so complex that all you can do is lean into God.  Burnt Popcorn happens.  More important than Burnt Popcorn happening is our response to Burnt Popcorn.  Our response can determine how we grow as leaders and how our students grow as followers of Christ.  What have you learned from Burnt Popcorn?

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Blog posts that you may find interesting

Tony Morgan: 10 Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader.  This is a bit older of a post, but it causes you to stop and think about whether or not you are a leader.  #8 would probably be the area at times my leadership is challenged.

Churchrelevance.com: Kind of a tough article, but it’s dealing with reality.  The article ends with 2 questions that we all must think about: 1) At what age does your church begin approaching tough topics? 2) What do you think is the best way to teach tough topics to young students? 

Glenn Packiam: This statement stuck out to me, “So, why do we sing and dance? Not to coax God into acting. Not to make ourselvesfeel His presence. We sing and dance– and all the other physical activities– to make ourselves more present to God, to engage God with our whole being. In a sense, the focus of the worship is not on whether God is present, but whether we are.  Glenn encourages us to remember that God is always there.  

Stuff Christians Like: Judging people who use the table of contents in their Bible.  This guy rocks this should make you literally laugh out loud.

Remember pt. 3

This past weekend in Junction 567 (part of Uptown our children’s ministry at  Mt. Zion Ministries) our lesson focused on communion.  The main idea we were trying to communicate was that communion helps me remember what Jesus did for me.  I remember reading a commentary by William Barclay who said that Jesus knew we would need help remembering.  He knew that we would get caught up in life and the things we can’t explain or just plain frustrate us.  Life happens and many times we just get consumed with what is happening.  It is in these moments that partaking in communion can be so powerful.   

When we take communion it forces us to stop.  It forces us to stop and remember what exactly has been done for us.  It forces us to stop and remember that even though everything else in life may be going crazy there is something that we can be grateful for.  It forces us to remember how great our God is and how much He loves us.  

Remember pt. 1

Remember pt. 2

What others are posting

I actually got this idea from Perry Noble’s blog.  On his blog, Perry, will list a few links that he thinks you should checkout today.  This is a great idea because:

1.  You can gain exposure to other blog’s you may not know about.

2. You can better know a person by seeing who they follow and regularly read.

3. You gain a bit of a filter of who you should follow or not follow.

So here are some blog post that I read this week:

Perry NobleFour Leadership Myths That Aren’t Usually Talked About–Part One Like the title says he is talking about Leadership myths.  #1 Anger is Ungodly. 

Sam Luce: Why I……Use Social Networks This was actually a guest blog by Michael Chanley  who has a heart and vision for what social media and networking can do for the future of kids ministry.  

Kem Meyer: 10 Things to fix on your website A great list of things that is not too complicated to fix on your website

Mark BattersonConstant Plussing Shares some of the practices that made Disney successful