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Summer Fun And Youth Opportunities

One of the beautiful pictures in the Gospels is of little children hovering around Jesus. Perhaps they were begging, “Just one more, Jesus! Throw the ball one more time! Tell one more story!” insistent in the way only small children can be. Of course the disciples are nearby, because there were important things to do. Deadlines to meet, people to see, speeches to give. Yet Jesus knew the importance of including children in God’s Kingdom. The future rests with them. It is encouraging to see new churches being intentional about the health and development of youth. Throughout the summer, churches…

CHURCHES GETTING CREATIVE

It started with a guy who had a giant screen and a projector. MISSION CHURCH in Ventura, CA wanted to find a way to have fun with families in their city over the summer. As they reviewed their staff, their volunteers, and all their resources, they discovered a friend who owned equipment that could play movies outside. Free Friday Flicks was created and two hundred people came to the first event. This summer, three years after the first FFF, 1,000 guests joined the fun. It has grown to include bounce houses, face painting, popcorn and drinks, and a photo booth with…

Church Planters Series

Everyday Christian Church has 4 top-notch church planters speaking this summer.  That’s a lot of good speaking in one place!  Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and give these guys a listen.  Aaron Brockett is on our Board of Directors and is the lead pastor of Trader’s Point Christian Church.  Jordan Rice is the lead planter for Renaissance Church in Harlem and Watson Jones, III is the lead planter for Restoration Church in Philadelphia.

Ask The Missional Pastor #2: Training your people to be “on mission”

New churches are one of the most effective ways to reach people with the gospel.  However, we should not assume that evangelism will automatically happen in every church plant. We’ve asked some of our lead planters how their churches are living missionally and how they are training their people to think missionally. How do you envision your people living “on mission” in your city?  Kyle Costello, Missio Dei Community Church: The simple vision for living with and serving our neighbors is wrapped up in our Celebrate and Serve concept (more on that later). This is part of our core idea…

ON THE GROUND…in NYC

What does a youth group in the city look like? Matt Mueller, youth pastor at Everyday Christian Church in New York City shares: We are  dedicated to serving and reaching the young people of our area, students in middle and high school. We have an amazing core group of kids and adults dedicated to this mission. We spend time every week praying together, studying the Word, and discussing the difficult topics and realities of life growing up as a teenager in NYC. Everyday is here to support these kids, to love and pray for them.  They are following Christ and…

Ask The Missional Pastor: What Do You Do With The Kids?

Churches in the last 50 years have moved towards age-specific worship and learning.  A chasm is growing between youth and adult church experiences and many churches are intentionally incorporating youth back into congregational life. So we asked our pastors who lead missional communities: How do you incorporate younger members into the life of the church? In the worship service: Chris Travis, Everyday Church: In our worship services, we have separate, age-appropriate experiences for kids, like many other churches you might visit. Having a separate adult/kid experience frees us to really encourage people to do stuff together, as a family, in…