Pardon Our Dust

We’re making massive changes and expansions to You’re getting a sneak peak at some great stuff that won’t be announced publicly for a few weeks. Between now and then, as we make the upgrades, please pardon the things that don’t yet work.

Thanks and Happy New Year!


Caring for Parents and Students, The Perfect Event

This idea came out of a conversation at our Life Group Christmas party a couple of weeks ago. When a parent dropped her son off, she commented that the parents don’t know who each other are. As I was reflecting on that comment later that night, I thought, “Let’s do something about that.”When a parent says something like that, it’s an invitation to do something about it. She didn’t say it in an accusing way. It was more of a passing comment about something she would value having.

I decided to pull off an event that would be a natural way for me to hang out with parents… watching their boys have a blast. The event: Ice Blocking! So much fun. The boys slid down a grassy hill while sitting on top of blocks of ice. Between the boys and the blocks of ice was a folded towel.

It became a family event. One of the dads parked his car in a way to shine his headlights on the pitch dark hill. Another dad was at the top of the hill coaching them on how to get the best ride and shining a light on them. He even took a ride down the hill once. Parents were gathered at the bottom of the hill hanging out having a blast watching the fun. One of them even brought snacks for the boys.

We made some great memories. The parents know each other a little better. They have more appreciation of me as their sons’ leader. The boys had a blast and got super tired (another plus in the eyes of the parents).

When we minister to students, we win when we remember part of ministering to them includes reaching out to their families.

More Than Just A Gift

I gave a Swiss Army Knife to a former student who has become a co-leader of mine this year. I decided to make it more than just a gift. This is something I kind of stumbled on that I will for sure make a point to do in the future.

The way I see it (now), a gift can easily be cast aside and become meaningless when a person gets bored with it. I’d rather a gift be something that has meaning attached to it. Hector (the person I gave the knife to) will always remember and value this gift because of the way I gave it to him.

Without being super deep or cheesy, before he opened it, I said, “This is something every man should be given by a significant adult.”

Hector doesn’t have a dad, so calling myself a “significant adult” was like saying “you can count on me”. By saying “every man”, I was saying “you’ve arrived”. By wanting to be the person who gave it to him, I was saying, “you matter to me”.

I won’t do this every time with every gift to every student. However, I will for sure try to be more intentional about how I give gifts to students. If I can accomplish this, gifts will become life-long valuable memories, rather than trinket for a day, then forgotten. When he’s having a hard day, he’ll turn to what he values/what values him. It’s a way to keep our students engaged so we can point them to Christ throughout their lives.