Homeless Ministry
January 27, 2009, 10:59 am
Filed under: Church, Youth Ministry

This past Saturday, Warehouse Student Ministries went to feed the homeless in downtown Seneca.  We had over 20+ people with us (which included parents and students.)  We feed 59 people that day.  Josh Dawalt opened us up with a few songs.  Then I brought the word.  I shared a sermon on God’s love for us all.  Everyone responded well.  5 that I know of made some kind of a decision to follow God!

My favorite time that day was when I was speaking when an africian american gangsta home dawg named Nate was saying “Dawg! Me and my family will do it right now!”  He was talking about accepting Christ!  After I spoke he came forward and some others and we prayed with them to recieve Chirst.  I found out later Nate has several different problems going on in his life and they have been working on him for weeks but he has been pushing them away.  This past Saturday was the first time he has ever responded to God!  That is awesome!  God showed up in amazing ways Saturday.

That is what it is all about!  Serving the “least of these” is serving Jesus!  To God be the glory for it all!

Here is some pictures…



I can’t believe this
December 18, 2008, 9:37 am
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Some people just plain out make me mad.  Angry!  Ticked! 

Who in the world would ever think this is right?  Some just don’t get what Jesus is all about and they mess up the image of the Body of Christ (The Church).  God wouldn’t want this.  

I better stop typing before I say to much.

How do you measure Church growth?
December 9, 2008, 11:47 am
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Church leaders talk about numbers a lot.  When ever someone comes up to me wonder about how the youth ministry is doing they normally ask how many do you have in your ministry?  Of course, I tell them the numbers but numbers isn’t the only thing that needs to be measured.

Most of you know that I have been in my master’s class now for 4 weeks.  I am learning a lot in how to lead a Church.  One thing that I am learning is how to evaluate growth in the Church.  I would like to share with you.  

Bob Whitesel, my professor is an incredible person and knows his stuff.  He is a Church consultant and if your Church is looking for someone that will challenge you and your Church then use him.  In his book, Growth by Accident Death by Planning, he shows a way to measure growth.  Not just in numbers.

4 ways to measure Growth in a Church

Maturation Growth:  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42

  • Are the ministries producing disciples?
  • How is small groups/Sunday School/Bible studies going?
  • How many of the congregation is involved in some for of discipleship?

Growth in Unity:  “All the believers were together and had everything in common.”  Acts 2:44

  • Is community being built?
  • How is the unity in the Church?
  • Does the people understand the vision and the mission of the Church?
  • Do they church come and sit in the Church or they involved?

Growth in Favor: “enjoying the favor of all the people” Acts 2:47b

  • Is the Church meeting the needs in the community?
  • What does the community think about the Church?
  • Are the people in the Church connecting with the community?

Growth in Numbers: “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Act 2:47c

  • Are people showing up at the Church?
  • Are we reaching people?

All 4 of these need to be measured.  The sad part is that most Churches only measure the numbers.  Numbers are important but it isn’t the only important growth in the Church.  

This is just a few things that I am learning so far.  I love this class!

Life update
November 12, 2008, 10:21 am
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People may be asking “What is Dustin been up too?”  Here is the run down of what I have been doing…

1.  Started my master’s in ministeral leadership last week.  It is going to be a fun 2 years.  It is all online.  The class I am in right now is called “Non-Profit Management”.  It is very interesting stuff.  I am learning right now how to implement change in a church, how to give options, and how your church prayer life should be.  Did I mention I am really excited about this.  I don’t care much for the degree.  That isn’t why I am doing it.  I want to learn.  I am a student of God for life!

2.  Working with the district youth to make this year rock.  Camp is going to be so much fun!  The theme is LiveLoud.  I think it will be one of the greatest camps.  I am really looking forward to it.

3.  I have been enjoying youth ministry.  (Not all pastors can say that!)  I love my teens.  They are really cool to work with.  (Side note:  I threw a stole last week during my message and broke it. Sorry Matt.)  We are in a series now called Wild Goose Chase.  It is going to be a great 6 week series.  We are talking about following after the Holy Spirits and going after your God ordain passions (I threw the stole when I was talking about God ordain passions.)

4.  Learning how to be a parent.  It isn’t easy.  It is some times fun.  It isn’t fun when they tell you that they hate you and that you are mean because you have to punish them for not behaving.  I love her to much not to punish.  I call it tough love.  We do love each other and I would not trade this.  I love being with my two girls!

5.  Doing another book review.  This time it is more of a reference book.  The Greatest Words Ever Spoken.  It is a really good reference book.  I am enjoying using it.

6.  Going to CRAVE conference at SWU this weekend.

Welp that is just a quick update.  I will post something worth reading soon.

Busy Life…
October 2, 2008, 9:15 am
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Life has been crazy!  Good crazy though.  

Here is what has been going down…

1.  Been in a series in youth group called Wii > Mii.  Very cool series.  I was able to share some things about how the church needs to come together and team up with Christ and not try to live life alone.  I really liked the series a lot.  I am working on putting it online to be an open source so other leaders can use it. 

2.  I have started to try to get out of the office more.  I hate the church office.  I like to be around people so I have tried to at least once a week go and hang out at a place and make that my office.  

3.  Last monday Hannah and I lead our foster daughter to Christ!  It was awesome.  She asked God to come and live in her heart.  Now I see why God brought her to us.  Through our love she was about to see the father’s love for her.  Now she is broken for her family and we are praying for them every night so that they will come to know Jesus and he can live in their hearts.  This is awesome stuff!!!

4.  Starting a new series up called “Fight Night” for the youth group on Sunday nights.  It is going to rock.  I am using key fights in the Bible to relate with the things that we battle with in our everyday lives.  It should be a great series.  More of a guy’s series but the ladies will be able to relate too.

5.  We are running 18 people on Sunday nights now!  We have seen 4 new faces in the past couple of weeks and they are excited and want to come back.  This is awesome to see.  I have been praying for this for a year now.  I fasted for this and we are seeing growth now.  Hannah and the children are too.  Fasting does allow God to do some awesome stuff.  Now the prayer is that they will live for Christ and grow in him.

6.  Hannah and I do a good job with our money.  I have always been a saver.  Now we are trying to save even more.  Not so we can be rich but so that we can give more.  We also have dreams and those dreams have to be funded.  

7.  I am reading a lot now.  I have been asked several times to do book reviews and I am currently reviewing the new book that hasn’t come out yet called “For Young Men Only”.  It is good stuff.  I wish I could have read it when I was in high school.

8.  I am working on possibly going to IWU for my masters.   They have an online masters program that I am looking into.  I hope to start it soon.  We will just have to see.  

Life has been busy but man I love it.  There is never a boring day!  I like to be busy doing things that I love!

Environment is important
July 30, 2008, 9:45 am
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I have been in youth ministry for a long time.  I remember when I was in school and my youth group meet in a room with white walls and the size of maybe a bed room.  It was one of the worst learning environments I have ever been in.

Then I remember when I started going to another youth group in 11th grade and we meet in the basement of the church.  The ceiling was out and the walls were painting blue.  There were several really cool designs on the wall.  I remember the first time I went and I was blown away.  I learnt so much in that environment.

I did an internship with Kris Leroy one summer.  I love the youth room at Rushwood Park.  It is in the old sanctuary but it doesn’t look like an old sanctuary.  He had blue and black cloth hanging from the walls.  He had other things on the wall that gave it a cool effect.  He had a setting area with a snack shop.  I use to go in there during the summer just to read and study because I loved it so much.  

If an environment is comfortable and appealing to the eye then better learning can take place.  If a youth room is colorful but not to bright and the mood is right it can create a great worship environment.  I am going for that in the youth room that we meet in now.  I want the youth to come in and learn about God and also feel comfortable worshipping God whatever why they want.  Before the youth room was white walls with a bunch of out dated posters.  I wanted to change that and make it more youthful.  So far the youth love what is going on with the new design.  I can’t wait until we get in there and can worship together.  I would love to show you pictures but I want you to see the complete project.  Stay tuned and you will see.

SC Family Camp
July 19, 2008, 10:20 am
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Hannah and I have been here at Table Rock Wesleyan Camp for another week and it has been great.  I have never been to a family camp before.  It is really fun getting to know people that I don’t know to well.  Here is my views from family camp.

1.  Buddy is a great leader.  He has done a great job heading up this district.  (I don’t want his job.)

2.  I love building relationships and family camp is a great place to do that.  

3.  Most churches don’t come out and take advantage of this camp during this time. (My church included.  Which is sad.)

4.  The speakers this week have been great. (John Ott and Joe Dongell for the evening rallies/adult tracks.  Youth rally – Matt Lidis, Adam Robbins and Jody Reynolds).  

5.  I have really enjoyed playing in the band and hearing Hannah sing too.  These people are great to work with.

6. Last night was youth night at the evening rally.  I  lead worship and it was amazing to see the teens getting into worship and looking back and seeing 50, 60, 70, 80…year olds getting into it too.  I love worship like that.  The night was amazing.  The testimonies were right on point.  I know that the people really enjoyed seeing what went on at youth camp this year.  You have to get excited about it once you see and hear what went on!

7. I love Table Rock!

If you are in SC you need to be here!  Welcome Wesleyan Church, you need to be here!