Reaching Your Community 3

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YALC Session 2

This morning we started with powerful praise and worship, another great interview with Joe Reed on “between the trees.”  He interviewed Natalie Boyce.  They call her “Hitler”  Really Joe?  Let me just say, as a person who has been interviewed by Joe Reed, I do not recommend it!

Grant Pankratz the Executive Director of Youth America Spoke on “Pioneering Spirit”  He said, “My goal is to make the young people that come to Youth America fall in love with their local church, because Youth America can’t really disciple people, its the local church that disciples people.”

He spoke on the five characteristics of a pioneer.  I encourage you to go to http://www.harvestokc.com and listen especially if you are in the first phases of staring something.  Pioneers are different and have a different role, so some of the principles they live by are extreme.  It takes an extreme person, with extreme methods to create the inertia to get something off the ground.

What do you think?

 

Youth America Leadership Conference, Session 1

What a great start! Some of the funniest Skits and performances I’ve ever seen, a cover of a journey song that spelled out the “plight”  and crazy thinking of local Youth Pastors, Joe Reed’s “Between the Tree’s” interview was truly something “special.”  On a more serious note the praise and worship lifted us all as we sang and gave praise to God.

Joel Stocksdill in a powerful, unassuming way, spoke a much needed and strong word on the “Matters of the Heart.”  In short we place to much importance and attention on superficial things the the way the “world” views success. Using the story if Ishbosheth in 2 Samuel 3, he challenged us to be strong leaders unencumbered by fear, weakness (unwillingness to fight), and selfish ambition.  All matters of the heart.

Great ministry time at the end, the front filled with youth pastors, breaking out of all kinds of heart issues to grow and develop.  One of the greatest qutoes of the night was during the prayer at the end.  Joel said, “groups are not grown by crowds but by developing sons and daughters who develop sons and daughters.”

Truly a night to remember and lives were no doubt changed.  I encourage you if you are in the area to come out to the night sessions, they are open to the public.  7 pm tonight.

My prayer is that God will daily examine my heart, keep my motives pure, let Galatians 2:20 be the motto of my life.

Thats my take on Session 1.