Get Dirty!

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We finished up the Not a Fan series and students were asking themselves the question, "Am I a fan of Jesus or am I truly a follower of Jesus?" How do you follow up that series? That seems to hit it all, doesn't it?

Well we have to move on because we have roughly 20 some weeks of the year left to cover! So we are moving on to the series, "Get Dirty". This series will talk about the next step of being a follower of Jesus. It means that we can't live this perfect clean and comfortable life. Sometimes we have to get dirty.  

This might mean literally getting dirty by going on a mission trip and serving by doing labor for people. It might be more figurative in that it might mean that we need to start having awkward conversations with people about why we follow Christ.  

I would encourage you to do two things.

1. Ask your student how they can follow Jesus by getting dirty in their school. Ok that's probably a weird question to ask your kid, but you can phrase it however you want. 

2. Find ways for your family to "get dirty" by serving others in the next few weeks. The ultimate way to have your kids follow Jesus is to model it for them. As much as I'd like to think that my ministry makes the most difference, the truth is that YOUR ministry is what means the most to your children!

 

Take care and Get Dirty! 

 

Jon

 

 

Not a Fan Series

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What does a fan look like? A fan generally sits on the side of the action and cheers along. If their team is doing well, they are more active. They cheer louder if life is good. But if their team starts to do poorly, the often sit down and remain quiet. If a team is really bad, some fans will pack up and leave altogether.  

We find that a lot of people in the church are like that. They are fans of Jesus when things are going well. They like to come to church, listen to Christian music, and maybe even read a devotion guide. But in the end, when things get tough they sit quietly or get up and leave altogether.  

We want our students to not just be fans of Jesus. We want them to be followers of Jesus. In the book of Luke, Jesus talks about how we are called to pick up our crosses and follow Him.  

This first series of Elevate will dive into this idea of being a follower instead of being a fan. Each week we will talk about how whether or not we are fans or followers. Our students will be challenged to truly follow Jesus. 

So for the next few weeks, ask your student what they have learned about being a fan of Jesus vs. being a follower of Jesus. It might be good to ask yourself the same thing! 

 

In Christ, 

Jon

Welcome to the Parent's Page

The truth is that being a parent is hard. Kids don't come with manuals and just about the time you figure them out, puberty hits.  It's tough.  

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The majority of my job is to the student, but there is a piece that deals with helping you, the parent.   The Parent Page is my avenue for doing that. Here you will find advice for living life with teenagers. I will offer ideas, resources, and more to help you in your journey as a parent. 

I understand that I'm not a parent of a teen so I can't quite seem to understand what it's like. (although having two kids under 5 I feel I can get a glimpse!) Because of that, I hope to have parent's posting their ideas and experiences to share with you! 

And lastly, I hope to have students post their thoughts and views on certain aspects of family life. Hopefully this will give you a glimpse into the subculture of teenagers. 

So with all of that being said, I look forward to learning and growing together!

In Christ,

Jon