We have a team of 17 students and 4 adults on a short term mission trip in Guatemala right now – their leader, Matt O, posted this music video this morning! Fun to see them all enjoying the country. At the same time, they’ve already been tackling some tough challenges. Last night they hit the streets of Antigua to minister to the homeless. Scary, out of their comfort zone, and incredible – they saw five people decide to follow Christ! It will be a blast to hear all their stories when they return and share with the church on Sunday the 28th during the worship services!
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The other week we had our annual short term mission trip report Sunday where people from all the different mission trips our church sends out each year shared what God had done in them and through them during the mission trips. Over the course of the three worship services, Anna, Kristina, Lauren, Jessica, JD and Luke each shared (two students per worship service) about their experiences on the Costa Rica trip, Chicago trip, and Maine trip. This video is a compilation of all six students!
Every year the first grade Sunday School class collects an offering to benefit student missions – I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now! This past spring they raised over a hundred dollars, came over to the student hour on Sunday morning, gifted it to the Costa Rica team and recited their memory verse on missions! It was a very cool morning; and fun for me because the signature from Noah on the above card they made for the family in Costa Rica our team was building a home for is MY Noah!
This is a video we showed this past Sunday in church highlighting our four student ministry summer mission trips from last June! I love doing these kinds of videos because we typically only have time to hear from a few students on a Sunday morning … which drives me nuts! There are sooooo many more stories; at least with this, using short audio snippets from the different student mission trip reports that happened outside of the worship services, 25 other students were able to be heard over the course of the video!
“Woah. Matthew. I need you to understand that this concert is on a whole different level.”
Words from the tour manager on the phone with me the day before they arrived at my church … and he wasn’t kidding! I was downplaying something as not being a big deal based on the concert events I’ve hosted in the past – I needed a wake up call to what I had booked! The United We Stand tour with Building 429, The Afters, Hawk Nelson & Finding Favour is a full fledged concert event!
The tour was amazing. They did things in our sanctuary with staging, lights, smoke and cryo effects I never would have thought could happen there! They showed up with a semi truck FULL from top to bottom, front to back, with equipment – my heart literally stopped when they popped open the doors and it was 100% full. The sound was so loud, the bass so powerful, it literally vibrated three lights out of their sockets! And under every light fixture there was a small pile of sheet rock dust that had been shaken out of the building!
I still can’t believe the crowd we had for a Tuesday night concert! I’m even more amazed with the 50+ volunteers that gave up their time throughout the day to make the thing happen! I love these kinds of events – it’s part of what makes our youth group the place to be for teens in North Wilmington!
Check out this little video highlight from the end of the night … when they started firing off the smoke jets (directly into the ceiling fire alarms!), my heart literally skipped a couple beats. I had three simultaneous thoughts: (1) I can’t believe they’re going to blow the fire alarms now after making it through the whole day, (2) this is the coolest thing I have ever seen in this room, and (3) seriously, that’s where Pastor Bo normally stands!
And no, even with the smoke machines going steadily from early afternoon until 10pm, and the cryo smoke jets shooting off every few seconds during the Building 429 performance, the fire alarms never went off!
I took the above picture the other week during our third worship hour, one typically that sees so few teens I can generally count them on one hand. The picture isn’t all the teens in the room; there were actually many more – I was struck that four of them are filming/photographing Thomas while he shared with the congregation about his experiences in Nicaragua.
Here’s the thing, youth ministry is a great investment in a teen’s present faith. But getting them into the corporate worship service is a massive investment in their spiritual future. But the challenge is in getting them there. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but there are a couple things that I think are vital to bringing teens in:
One is using language throughout the worship hour that includes them. Too often the language is from up front communicates that the intended audience is adults. Referencing application to school, sports and friends, in addition to work, home, community, is one way to change the language. Finding illustrations young people can identify with is important as well.
But the biggest way to get teens into a worship service? Get them on stage. Reading scripture, sharing a testimony, doing a solo, participating in worship, doing a drama. Whatever it is, get them on stage. Because once a kid is on stage, their friends come to see them. Drawing one kid up front lands five to ten teens in the pews. Getting a group of teens up front? The other month when students led worship, I was shocked at the turnout of teens in all three services, but particularly the traditional hour – there were 30 or so in the room when normally there are only a few. On our missions report Sunday? We had two different teens each of our three hours, and a room full of teen all three hours. Some of them sat through multiple worship services to support their different friends, and I learned of at least one teen who left her family at the beach to support her friend!
It’s a big deal to be in front of large groups of people, and adolescents are excited when they or their friends are invited to do so. Getting a teen up front isn’t just connecting that young person (and their family – it’s a huge win for parents when their child is allowed to shine in front of the church), it connects their entire circle of influence. I firmly believe that a church that has a habit of involving young people in the worship service in different capacities is a church that sends a loud message to adolescents that they are very much a valued and desired part of the church.
This is a short video I put together to use in our main church services as part of a report on our student mission trips. It’s also a way to have the congregation hear from a much larger number of students than they would have otherwise. I love making these videos; they are useful when we report, and then again in January when we’re recruiting for the next season of short term missions.
I used Corel Video Studio Pro to edit the video. I recorded the audio during our full length reports (happened when the teams came back for friends, family and supporters) using a Tascam DR-05 portable digital recorder. It’s incredibly handy, user friendly, and a snap to import to my computer with – it’s the same one I use to podcast our Student teachings and events with. I used an older version of Adobe Audition to edit the audio soundbites. And the music is actually a performance track I downloaded off iTunes; that way I could find a song I liked, get the performance track without vocals, and have it as a simple background to add energy to the video.
It takes a chunk of time to manipulate all the different elements – I think I spent about ten hours total on it, but to me it’s worth it as a tool to shape our congregation’s perception of the youth in our church in a positive way.
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to post this to my blog! This is a video/slideshow I put together on the flight back from Nicaragua. I actually used iMovie on an iPad mini, which was a first for me – but crazy easy. It was the first time I’ve led a mission trip without a laptop with me, but between my iPhone 4S and the iPad mini, I never missed it. I ended up taking all the photos with my phone, and then using an app to transfer them to the iPad. From there, I created the video! Very easy, and I loved getting off the plane with my report slideshow ready – since we presented it to the church the next morning!
I love it when students post their reflections on summer mission trips! If you want to hear the audio from the three mission trip reports, check out our podcast. Here are a few blog posts from a couple of the guys who were on the Nicaragua trip:
Last Sunday was a special morning in our student ministry hour; the first graders came to visit! As part of their lessons they have been studying missions and as a class raised enough money to donate towards the Nicaragua team to cover the costs of four Nicaraguan children coming to the camp we’ll be leading and to pay for the end of the camp party pinata! What a great, tangible learning tool for the first graders … and a great way to bless the older students who are normally the ones helping them! When they came to present it to the group they were a little overwhelmed, but still managed to get in front of all the students, recite their memory verses and give us the above card with the money they raised! What a great group of kids – can’t wait to have them in youth group in five years!