So, here’s theÂ challenge:
My first year as a student pastor I challenged my students to a prank war. I thought it would be a bonding experience. We started out small, toilet papering yards and saran-wrapping cars but our war quickly escalated …
Let’s just say it ended with a high school freshman pooping in a bag and hiding it in my car.
Not the way I thought it would end.
Have you ever thought something was a good idea, only to have it blow up in your face? Share your story:
The day following theÂ devastating earthquake in Haiti a good friend called me as he was trying to organize Â a trip to Haiti to help theÂ disasterÂ reliefÂ and rebuildingÂ effort. Â My first response was, “sign me up”.
We started with an effort to seek wisdom and contacts in Haiti, but were met withÂ resistance. Â UltimatelyÂ we were advised not to go because we would be more of Â a strain than help until there was moreÂ structureÂ in place to organize and house volunteers.
We were told to raise and send money…
so that’s what we’ve started to do.
But, since then I’ve seen christians like Mark DriscollÂ andÂ representativesÂ from other local churches in Haiti doing good.
Is one right and the other wrong? Â Are they both right?
What do you think the response of the local church should be in Haiti?
As thElement Student Ministry we believe inÂ “Bringing Hope To A School Campus”
For a student, their school campus is where they spend roughly 40 hours a week. It is where much of life happens. For some, that is a relief, but for others it is one thing they hate being reminded of. We believe that it is our role as the church to be a hope inspiring life force in/on these school campuses.
With this in mind we lined the walls with paper and challenged the students of thElement to write out their prayers for their schools. Â It’s been inspiring to see their hearts.
What is your prayer for the school you or your students attend?
In aÂ seasonÂ where visible Christian leaders seem toÂ continuallyÂ put their foot in their mouths and make The Church a joke in the eyes of culture, it’s great to be reminded of how Rev. Martin Luther King Jr used his voice to inspire and bring about change in culture.
Here are just a few of my favorite quotes:
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
1) What is your favorite MLK quote?
2) How are you using your voice to affect culture?
If you missed last year’s thElement In The City, here’s a look back at one of the mostÂ memorableÂ nights of last year!
Are you ready for thElement In The City 2010?
Description: A night of worship, vision and teaching on the top of a parking garage in downtown Orlando. This is for all ages. Moms, dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents. Can’t wait to share this night with all of you.
When: Wed, January 27, 7-9pm
Where: 300 South Liberty; Orlando, FL 32801 – 5th Floor
I’ve become obsessed with the story of Jonah because it’s such a beautiful picture of God’s character. Â In four chapters we see His grace as he offers the Ninevites an opportunity to repent. We see God pursuing Jonah as he runs from Him and how God rescues Jonah from death as he’s thrown into the sea.
As I was researching Jonah for a series thElement went through in October, I found this beautiful painting that brought the story off the Sunday School felt board. Â
Below are some pictures of phase 1 (the outline without shading) taken with my phone.
Here is a short video Rob shot to get all the angles.
FYI: Phase 1 took 5.5 hours!
This tattoo will be an amazing reminder of God’s character.
Keep your eyes open for phase 2 of the tattoo
Guest blogger bio: John Harney is the Student pastor for Blue Ridge Community Church in Lynchburg Virginia. Â I’ve had theÂ honor of serving with John for 4 years and he has an incredible heart for students.
We started a new series yesterday that Iâ€™m super stoked about! Weâ€™ve named it â€œMake Your Markâ€, and loosely based it on talks that impacted us from the Catalyst 2009 conference in Atlanta, GA.
The basic idea is that weâ€™re making marks, effecting people, with our lives but in what way? The question isnâ€™t if, itâ€™s how?
Yesterday we challenged students to make what we call an eternal mark, a God mark on the world they live in through the relationships they have.
This video was used to illustrate how that could happen in a real world. I love that this is happening in our ministry. OH, and just in case youâ€™re wondering. This story could have gone on a few more generations in both directions. I love seeing students make a mark on other students.