25 Jun Propel Workshop Devos

If you were in my workshop at Summer in the Son and you're looking for the devo pages to download and save/print, here they are! (If you weren't in my workshop and want them anyway, help yourself.) [download]...

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01 Jun Messy Jesus

As far back as I can remember, I've always had a very particular perception of Jesus. I don't think my version of Jesus was shaped by any particular person or event more than any other. Just years and years of filtering and layering and processing that have all worked together to create a finished product that fits my mold. My version of Jesus was a white guy. I don't mean that to be racist in any way. That's just how I grew up picturing Him in my mind. Maybe you did too. Probably had something to do with all the Bible bookstore paintings that hang on walls of churches and homes of people who like Bible bookstore paintings.
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29 May The Thing I Don’t Like About God

I know a guy, a pretty young guy, who is battling cancer. And the cancer is winning. I know a lot of people who have battled cancer, but something is different about this one particular guy I know, even though I can't explain what it is. I don't even really know him well, but I haven't been able to get him off of my mind the past few weeks. It's not fair that cancer wins, especially over someone so young. In his fight, every step forward has come with three steps backward, and it sucks. There's no other way to put it. My grandma has also been on my mind. She's about 5 years or so into the debilitating mess of Alzheimers. We've watched a woman who was always bright, sharp, funny and loving be stripped of her memory and personality. Who she is now isn't her. We see the effects of the disease, but it's not her. Things like Alzheimers shouldn't exist. I don't understand why we haven't figured it out yet. Why haven't we found a cure? Why hasn't God given someone the answer?
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05 May Volunteer Involvement Process and Resources for Student Ministry

Volunteers are the backbone of our student ministry. Without them, I'd be dead in the water. Their time investment, passions, gifts, and heart for students make it all work. In a student ministry of any size, a team of volunteers who love Jesus and love teens is the difference between success and failure. With that said, there are a lot of things to consider as new volunteers get involved. Their impact on the chemistry of your team and greater student ministry is very important to consider. Finding the place where their giftedness and passion intersect and enabling them to serve from that place is the key to longevity. These are just a couple of things you'll want to think about as you welcome new volunteers into your ministry.
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