SharperIron Posting

dvc.jpg“America’s Helping Youth…Is Your Church” was posted this morning over at SharperIron.  It was written after covering a White House event here in Denver for SI.  I hope you get a chance to read it and give me your feedback.

The article can be found here: http://www.sharperiron.org/2006/08/11/america’s-helping-youth-is-your-church

The discussion thread can be found here: http://www.sharperiron.org/showthread.php?t=2981

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Di on August 13, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    Brian…. I read this article on Sharperiron and was intrigued. I’m not a member there, so could not reply there. But our church has some interesting ways to reach out to youth. You may or may not agree with all of them, but that’s OK. Our church backs up to a park and there is a skateboard ramp right next to our parking lot. A group of young adults/college age decided to start a ministry to the skateboarders. They go over to the skateboard area, sit with soda pop and cookies, cheer for the boys (mostly boys) and talk with them. After building some relationships, they also talk “Gospel” with them. It’s taken a while, but some are coming to Sunday school now. These boys as a whole tend to be on the fringes of society, and are at a tender age where they could go either direction. Another ministry started by a lady at church is “Home Keepers.” She is a former home ec teacher, and was burdened by how little teens and young adult women know about homemaking. Busy life styles in families cause some to fall through the cracks in this area of knowledge. Lack of knowledge leads to financial tension, poor meals, messy or sometimes unsanitary homes, little knowledge on child care, etc. She does this ministry in her home, with a different lesson each week. And she also has a devotional time. She reaches out to those in the church and also those outside the church. A third ministry we have is a Divorce Care group. Like it or not, churches have divorced people. Sometimes, they shy away from church, feeling like they aren’t good enough. This group is a support group in the strictest sense, but also a Bible study group, and a group that works on good parent/child relationships. Kids suffer with divorce, and this group is helping to bridge that. We as a church also open our doors to an alcohol/drug rehab group that meets once a week. We provide coffee and cookies, and a place to meet. We don’t actually run the program; a professional group does that. We have an old garage on the property that some men turned into a wood working shop. They work with young boys in there, and as they build things together, they share the Gospel and build relationships. This is especially vital for the boys with no father figure. Each Wednesday night, all the youth in the church and neighborhood are invited to get together for fun, food, fellowship,prayer and Bible study. It seems like each week, the number grows as teens get excited and reach out to other teens. We also have mission trips for both adults and teens. Last year, several went to New Orleans to help a sister church rebuild and also reach out to the neighborhood. The teen group goes to fairs, festivals, parades, and do witnessing, handing out cups of cold water, etc. It seens that when we teach our teens to have a compassionate heart combined with the Gospel, that they have the energy and innovations to reach out to other teens. I don’t know what you think about these ideas, but they work for us. We have many other innovative ministries, too, but these are some that touch the lives of kids. We firmly believe that the church needs to reach out to the community because the community often will not reach towards the church. We are mandated to spread the Good News, and sometimes it is through preaching and testimony and sometimes it is through actions. Thanks so much for your thoughtful posts on sharperiron; we gain so much from your writings. Sincerely……

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  2. Thanks for these comments. It’s great to hear what your church is doing in regards to social responsibility. I plan on writing a follow-up article to the SI article in the near future that will be more of a proper apologetic for social responsibility in the church.

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