Processing Service

When I get home on a Wednesday night after service with our youth, I begin processing how the night and service went. As I stay up after my family goes to bed and I work on my Seminary studies, I spend a lot of time thinking about how the night went and how it could go better. So with that being said, I think a healthier way for me to process my night is by writing it out on here. I know this blog is not a major blog or heavily viewed (it tells me how many visitors/views I get a day, but not who), but maybe someone who works with youth comes across this or what we covered might be helpful for someone who does. If not, it lets me write it out and I can always come back later on and view where I was at as a minister and how things were!

Last night was a huge night in our ministry. We are still trying to get our youth worship band off the ground with students playing who are not extremely experienced, but have a passion to worship God. So it was a bit rocky, but overall it went well. We played a game that I thought was hilarious, but for whatever reason my kids do not always get into these games. It is called Dead Cat, and it is a Tamagotchi type game where you answer questions with different outcomes depending on what you did.

Then we got into our message in the middle of our series. So last week was See You at the Pole and so we met as a collective with all the other youths in town and had a rally with probably around 500 or so youth to worship that evening. However, the week before we began a series in the Gospel of Mark looking at what it means to be a disciple as far as Mark is concerned.

We began two weeks ago and looked at Jesus’s call to his disciples in Mark 1 & 3 and how the call of Jesus is magnetic. We looked farther in to see how when we draw near to Jesus, as the disciples do, we find ourselves flourishing and empowered. This week however, we look at the stories in Mark 5 of Jarius’ daughter and the woman bleeding. We discussed how these two stories show people who were on the fringes of society, yet they did whatever it took to get near Jesus because they had faith he could heal them. Both of these stories had the opportunity to respond either in faith, or in fear. We finished with the main point of the night, that Christian discipleship involves us placing our trust in Jesus, no matter the odds.

The big thing that happened last night, however, was we had a soft-launch for our new small groups. Small groups were a HUGE impact in my spiritual walk, as I had an amazing group of guys and an amazing small group leader who poured into my life. Well over the last few weeks, I have been searching and asking some incredible adults in our church if they would be interested in doing this and multiple agreed to it! While I have yet to get to connect with how every small group went, I know of a few of them saying they went very well.

It is just a small step towards where I hope this ministry can go, but it is a step in the right direction none the less. My hope and heart behind these small groups is that I can give our students another adult pouring into their lives, loving them, and walking alongside in the faith with them, while also having a group of friends doing the same who can build each other up and hold each other accountable. Our numbers were a bit down last night, with some kids sick and having other things going on, but in all for the first night it went pretty well I do believe.

Please continue to pray for our youth, and our ministry if you would. Pray for God to be the one leading it and that we can be following in the ways which he is calling our ministry to. Pray for our students to experience God by knowing him, growing in/with him, and going with him in their lives.

I love you guys, and so does Jesus. I hope you continue to long for this water, and continue to drink from it as well. Until next time, blessings to you and your family,

Josh Gentry

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