An Open Letter to Students on Identity

August 19, 2013    
Keith Parker    

Dear Student, I see what is going on.  You might think it’s invisible to the people around you, but I see it.  I see how you are working so hard for approval from those around you.  I see the clothes you wear, the things you buy, the music you listen to, and the way you act around others.  Sometimes, I wonder if these things really add up to equal YOU or just…    read more 

The first step is always the hardest

What is God stirring in your heart? The first few verses of the book of Ezra open with the king of Persia essentially granting freedom to the exiles of God that are within his reign the freedom to go home and to rebuild the temple of God. As Christians, we know the God we serve is great and able to do anything; for example, having the king of the nation who is…    read more 

What camp/retreat center do you go to?

March 7, 2013    
Ben Read    

When I moved to Massachusetts, our youth ministry already had a retreat booked at a retreat center, and it was only a few weeks after I started, so I wasn’t going to even think about changing it. It was nice, the retreat went alright, but there were some things that made myself and several leaders ask “I wonder if it could be done just as good somewhere else, for cheaper.” I was…    read more 

Tips for When In-Between Ministry Positions

February 21, 2013    

Looking for a ministry position can be a lengthy process, and it feels even longer.  I know this personally; yet, as I look over the last nine months of my life outside of a church ministry position, I realize that there were a lot of things I needed to do and learn in order to prepare for the next stage of ministry.  Even if you’re not like me and don’t think you need the…    read more 

Brokenness – How can God let these things happen

December 14, 2012    
Ben Read    

Once more this week, our hearts are broken over the loss of innocent life taken by a monster. As news updates kept coming into my phone today, I couldn’t fathom the loss and the pain of the families, specifically those of the 18 kindergartners who had their futures stolen from them. We are painfully aware of the brokenness in our world. Days like today, it doesn’t matter someone’s religious views, we can…    read more 

Jesus Is The Goal

November 13, 2012    
Jeremy Smith    

What is the reason that you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? You remember that story when things changed forever? Why do you preach the Gospel to others? My heart is for the lost, that is the very reason I started doing ministry and I want to preach it to the end of the world. The question is, what Gospel are you preaching? [youtube] We want to share some ideas…    read more