The Student Ministry of Christ Community Church is searching for a part-time Student Worship Leader. DRIVEN, the student worship service for middle and high school students, meets each Sunday at 11am in the Auditorium of Building A. This person will be responsible for leading worship with the student band on Sunday mornings during DRIVEN as well as weekly rehearsals with the student band. If you or someone you know is interested, please e-mail a resume and a demo of leading worship to Chris Dortch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chaperones vs. Leaders
In my nearly 20 years of student ministry, I have never used the word “chaperone.” The idea conjures up images of adults supervising teenagers in anticipation of “catching them making a mistake.” Truth is, ministry is relational and we desire adult leaders who are not “supervising” but “participating” and “influencing.” We need leaders to invest into the lives of teenagers by talking and listening to them. Our purpose is not to “chaperone” the students to keep them out of trouble, but to minister to the students and encourage them in their faith. We need “adult leaders” who are influencing students to follow Jesus. Therefore, we don’t need “chaperones,” but we could use some “ministry team leaders.”
Here are some possibilities for adults to serve at tomorrow night’s theme night…
A-V / Productions Team: This team is responsible for all aspects of audio and visual needs for the event. Soundboard operator, light board operator, effects operator, photographers, videographers, etc. Arrival time for this team varies from 3:00pm and after.
Clean-Up Crew: This team is responsible for vacuuming the hallways and auditorium in preparation for DRIVEN Worship on Sunday morning. Arrival time for this team is 10:30pm.
Counseling Team: This team is responsible for counseling students who make decisions during the message. An evangelistic message will be shared at 9:00pm. Arrival time for this team is no later than 8:30pm.
Game Set-Up Crew: This team is responsible for setting up the game aspects for the theme night. Arrival time for this team is 3:00pm and after.
Kitchen Team: This team is responsible for making sure that all snacks and drinks are ready and distributed during the break from 9:15-9:30pm. This team will make sure the Fellowship Hall and Kitchen are clean after the break. Arrival time for this team is 6:00pm.
Medical Team: This team is responsible for making sure that our First-Aid kits are full and ready to go. This team will handle medical needs that may arise. NOTE: We hope you have a boring and uneventful evening.
Prayer Team: So you’re not staying for the event, but you’re willing to pray for the students? Awesome! Pray for the students during the message from 9:00-9:15pm and pray for their safety before, during, and after the event.
Registration Team: This team is responsible for making sure that all students are registered for the event. Arrival time is 6:00pm.
Sales Team: This team is responsible for operating the DRIVEN Kiosk. The Kiosk should be open from 6:30-7:00pm, 9:15-9:30pm, and 11:00-11:15pm. Theme Night t-shirts are available for $10. Arrival time is 6:15pm.
As you can see, we can use plenty of adult leaders! We hope to see you there!!!
Our Student Summer Camp is now full and we are no longer accepting registrations. As you are making your plans for camp, here are the forms you will need (just in case you’ve lost your handbook). In the meantime, we have been planning and praying for your experience at summer camp. Your final payment is due on or before Sunday, April 29th and your 2012 Summer Camp Medical Release Form must be signed and turned in by this date as well (and YES, the form must be notarized).
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 704.875.8374 and ask to speak with Connie Catron.
As Christians, the Bible describes us as “aliens and strangers” in this world (cf. 1 Peter 2:11). The church is not a building, but rather a community of believers that are committed to following Christ and our citizenship belongs to God’s kingdom. In other words, this world is not our home! The Aliens Series takes a look at the spiritual characteristics of the early church and how they apply today. The qualities Christ set forth shape our entire church vision and structure. During this six week series, we will look at what the book of Acts says this “church thing” is all about, and what your role in God’s kingdom is.
- Week 1 (Apr. 22nd) – Focused on Jesus
- Week 2 (Apr. 29th) – Selfless for One Another
- Week 3 (May 6th) – Concerned for the Lost
- Week 4 (May 13th) – Led by the Spirit
- Week 5 (May 20th) – Endured through Difficulty
- Week 6 (May 27th) – Handled Relational Conflict
Myth #1 “You’ve got to be cool.”
Let’s face it, we probably weren’t that cool in high school and we’re certainly not cool as adults. Students don’t need someone to be cool, they need authenticity. If you are willing to be yourself around teenagers, you’re a great candidate for volunteering in the youth ministry.
Myth #2 “You’ve got to be young.”
Sometimes we think that the 20-somethings “relate better” to teenagers because of their age. Most teenagers have a hard time telling the difference between at 25 year-old who is married and a 37 year-old who is married (they are both “old”). Research shows that teenagers are actually drawn to the oldest person in the room who will listen to them and take them seriously. If you are willing to listen to teenagers and take their problems seriously, you’re a great candidate for volunteering in the youth ministry.
Myth #3 “You’ve got to act like a teenager.”
There is a difference between being child-like and being childish. One of my youth ministry heroes, Duffy Robbins says, “Teenagers don’t need adults who act like teenagers. They need adults who don’t freak out when teenagers act like teenagers.” If you can act like an adult and not “freak out” when teenagers act like teenagers, then you’re a great candidate for volunteering in the youth ministry.
Myth #4 “You’ve got to a Bible scholar.”
Sure, we want you to know something about the Bible, but we don’t expect you to have all of the answers. In John 9, the man born blind gives us a great example of how to respond to questions we don’t know the answers to, “Whether Jesus was a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know, I once was blind but now I can see!” If you are willing to help students discover answers to their questions, you’re a great candidate for volunteering in the youth ministry.
Myth #5 “You’ve got to know everything in teen culture.”
It’s okay if you don’t listen to Justin Bieber and you still listen to Abba on vinyl. Students want you to be you. Many of them would even love to hear stories about the time you were in a KISS cover band! If you don’t know who Justin Bieber is, you’re the perfect candidate for volunteering in the youth ministry.
If these aren’t the things that teenagers are looking for, what do they need in an adult volunteer?
Reality #1 “Students need adults who will live a life honoring to God.”
Students are searching for adults who are authentic in their walk with Christ. If there is one thing that teenagers have a keen ability to spot, it is fake people.
Reality #2 “Students need adults who are interested enough to learn their name.”
Students want to know if adults care enough to remember their names. When I first came to Christ Community Church over ten years ago, I had a middle school girl ask, “Do you know my name?” To my embarrassment, I had no clue. I told her that if she reminded me of her name one last time, I would make sure that I knew it the next week. I will never forget Alice.
Reality #3 “Students need adults who are interested in their life.”
Students need adults who will spend time with them, pray for them, say an encouraging word, believe in them, and simply laugh with them. Students want to know if you are willing to come into “their world” and discover who they are.
Reality #4 “Students need adults who are consistent with their attendance.”
Students are familiar with adults who come in and out of their lives like a revolving door. Teachers change from semester to semester. Parents change from alternating weekends. Teenagers need to know which adults are going to be consistent in their life. This is one of the reasons that I have committed to youth ministry for nearly twenty years.
Students may ask it this way, “Do you care about me? Do you know my name? Will you be here next week?” If you are willing to show teenagers you care about them, willing to learn some names, and be consistent with your attendance… YOU are the perfect youth ministry volunteer.
We believe that every teenager needs five godly adults who are investing in their lives. When a student in our church’s youth group is asked, “Who are the most influential adults in your life?” We want their parents and adults from our student ministry to be in their top five!
If you are interested in finding out the many options for adults to be involved in the Student Ministry of Christ Community Church, please e-mail Chris Dortch at email@example.com. We will be happy to share the numerous opportunities that are available to volunteer.