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  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous
    Byran Hunt Student Pastor Capital City Baptist Church Columbia, South Carolina

    bryan@capitalcitybaptist.org

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Trent Dibell  Youth Ministry Canton Baptist Temple

    “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like.” A phrase used by Christ many times through parable teachings. In youth ministry, it is extremely important to look at the “what” in the teachings of Jesus Christ. But when is the last time we meditated on the “how” of His teachings? As we look through the parables, we see rich lessons we can share in our youth departments, but it is the “how” of the teachings of Christ that will take teaching to the next level. Christ taught by saying “is like”. Whenever we read this in Scripture, it should challenge us to connect with our audience to give them tangible lessons on a weekly basis. Not every lesson needs a prop, but every lesson needs to speak to the hearts of students. It is possible to have the best “what” Jesus said in context and it be boring to our students. Please do not make the mistake of substituting good biblical teaching for a flashy illustration, but rather study more closely on how Christ spoke to His audience. He used similes many times during His teachings to connect with people so He could connect to their heart! We all are teaching in different areas with a slightly different culture of students, but they all have a common denominator...a desire to know and remember truth.

    The application to take away? Get creative with the teaching of God’s Word! Here are a few suggestions that can help get the creative juices flowing.

    1. PRAY, PRAY, and PRAY. Pray over the Scripture for God to break our hearts over what we are studying to share with our students.

    2. Write it out. Actually write out the Scripture.. It slows us down.

    3. Highlight. Underline, circle words that call for action or show direction.

    4. Connect. Connect the passage with the students through real life spiritual application and even use simple and memorable props every now and again.

    We are giving every middle school student a wristband that says “TRANSFORMED ROMANS 12:1&2” and putting a large focus on allowing God’s Word to transform us daily. This will be something they remember.

    tdibell@campchof.org


  • Monday, April 06, 2020 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Aaron Faucett  Minister of Youth Bible Baptist Church of Wilmington, Ohio

    What a difference a month makes. The coronavirus: an incurable protein molecule that cannot be killed, but must decay on its own has upended the days of the main platform for delivering God’s word from behind a pulpit. Yeah, that sounds like a perfect season to be a youth pastor! (Sarcasm inserted). Instead of the platform being the sheep come to you, they are now scattered abroad and on lockdown. Does anyone else hear the wolves howling in the background? A major change that has affected churches around the world is the platform by which we feel we were forced into. This new platform entails going online for most of our ministries, which went away from our motto of building relationships by being face-to-face. My natural instinct was to panic, hyperventilate, shut the blinds, and crawl up in a fetal position while sucking my thumb with my blanky. Not because of being scared, but because we did not know exactly what we were reaching forth to in reference to Philippians 4:13b. We did not want these avenues of communication to come across as unprepared and just thrown together either. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. So when dealing with the research and tendencies of how teenagers respond to certain online platforms, I went to the experts…..my kids. College freshman, High School senior, and Middle School 7th grader all under the same roof and I get to play the dual role of being dad and youth pastor.

    What we have implemented in our youth group (called ELEVATE) is just what we are doing in the initial phase of this whole COVID-19 thing. It certainly is not the master template, but instead of just sitting on our hands, we had to remember the devil is still roaming about. To give you an idea, our youth group runs around 105 on Sunday mornings and 85 on Wednesdays. I have included a list of things we are doing and are venturing to do in the short future to keep kids in the word of God. When I say we….I have spread out some responsibilities across my youth leaders (9) who assist me.

    Worked up a full roster excel sheet with every kid’s phone # (parent’s # if child didn’t have one)

    -Personally contacted through text or voice call every 2 days

    Made a private ELEVATE youth Facebook page where all videos, important times, and updates are placed.

    -We found that the parents utilize this platform very much, but not the kids

    Made a private ELEVATE youth Instagram page where I post a 1-minute video with a verse, maybe a challenge (post favorite verse), and just something from their youth pastor’s heart about every 2 days.

    -Nearly 90% of our youth utilizes this platform

    -For the 10% that didn’t, I would personally send them the video through their phone or their parent’s phones.

    We channeled them to our Church live streams for our normal online services, and every Tuesday I am doing a livestream called “Daily Connections” @ 2pm where they can tune in and see me along with getting a Bible lesson.

    Our last avenue that we are venturing into is the online meeting forum ZOOM. Allowing the kids a chance to actually see each other’s faces live. I am running a trial meeting with my leaders first so we can work out any kinks.

    I pray this is a help and a blessing to you as we share different platforms with the leading of God’s power.


  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    With a culture that seeks to entertain first and competes for the attention of our students, what is the role of preaching when it comes to effectively ministering to students?  Seasoned veteran student pastor, Chris Edwards, speaks to this critical issue in student ministry.


  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Trent Dibell, Canton Baptist Temple


     Trent Dibell's family joined Canton Baptist Temple in 2001, and in 2005 he was a counselor at Camp CHOF. The ministry of Camp CHOF and the working of the Lord was the catalyst that placed Trent where he is today. He was baptized at CBT, and then in 2013 surrendered for full-time ministry. With a background in education and working with youth, Trent is passionate about people and reaching them with the Gospel of Christ. Trent is also the Middle School Director where he is faithfully assisted by his wife, Tristyn, and a team of Middle School Adult Leaders. Trent and Tristyn have two children, Josephine and Zane.

    In this blog post, Trent discusses James 1:1-4.

    James 1:1-4: "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

    My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

    Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

    But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

    We all have that teen in our department with that unanswerable situation.  It usually happens on a Sunday morning and you are trying to scramble for the right words with the limited time you have for a Sunday morning.  I know that I have been there plenty of times and so have all of you reading this. 


    James 1:1-4 has truly been a foundation within the ministry God has allowed me to serve.  This is a piece of Scripture I reference, use daily, and a piece of Scripture that I encourage all to apply to their lives.


    The first part of using James 1:1-4 is understanding the very foundations of the Gospel of Christ.  The foundations of the gospel is knowing that the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is not only our Salvation, but our daily walk with Christ.  It is more than a date on the calendar; it needs to be our every step.  Our hearts and daily walk should be what we want to see in the lives of our students.  That daily walk needs to be die to self, embrace the tomb, and wait for the resurrection, because it is coming.  


    The student on both ends of the spectrum have been wowed by Scripture whenever I share with them James 1:1-4.  Whenever they hear the words, “count it all joy,” they stop and think about what they are hearing.  “Did I hear him right?”  “Is he losing his mind?”


    The advice that comes from us will fail majority of the time.  A technique, a strategy,  a way to go about a certain situation will fail eventually.  Teaching a student to know and apply James 1:1-4 will never fail or go out of style.  It will only shape that student to be more like Jesus Christ.  That is the resurrection!  That is the Gospel!



    The advice that comes from us will fail majority of the time.  A technique, a strategy,  a way to go about a certain situation will fail eventually.  Teaching a student to know and apply James 1:1-4 will never fail or go out of style.  It will only shape that student to be more like Jesus Christ.  That is the resurrection!  That is the Gospel!


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