This week, I finally decided to move the RCC Students' website from a WordPress.com site to a WordPress.org site. While this might not mean anything to many of you, I'll explain it a bit. Essentially, it is still the same, except for a few big things. Instead of being hosted on a free site, we … Continue reading New RCC Student Ministry Website
This past week, I was up in Maine with 15 students and 3 other adults for Workcamp New England. Basically, it is a service project week for high school students. If it helps, think of it as a mission trip right in the United States. Ever year, the location changes, but the purpose is still … Continue reading WorkcampNE Reflections
As many already know, our student ministry programming takes a different look in the summer. We do not simply cancel our weekly programs; we just take another approach. There are many reasons behind this. Another youth minister, who serves at a church in Michigan, recently put together some of his thoughts on why they similarly … Continue reading Thoughts Behind Summer Programming
Almost 3 weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the Orange Conference. This was my first conference in several years, and I was very excited to attend. My experience, though, surpassed my expectations. I have already shared my notes from each day on my blog, but I wanted to share some ideas I have on how … Continue reading Orange Conference – Moving Forward
This past Sunday, I had the privilege of filling in for our lead minister, Tom Gerdts while he was out of town, visiting his daughter in Turkey. Now, it is over, and I am very relieved. Not because it was a horrible experience or anything. It is just that I get a little bit nervous every time … Continue reading Modern Faith – When Listening is not Enough
This Saturday evening, our high school students will be putting on the first-ever "RCC's Got Talent" event. In addition to a talent show, we will have a silent auction with TONS of great items! Every dollar raised that night will go to fund future Student Ministries' mission trips. It will start off helping them go … Continue reading Do you have talent?
What a great weekend! On February 12, we left RCC with 20 students, 5 adults, and 3 vehicles. One student had to go home on Saturday morning due to sickness, so we were left with 24 total people at Deep Freeze 2010. This winter retreat at Camp Berea (Hebron, NH) is a great opportunity for … Continue reading Deep Freeze 2010 – Recap
Recently, we at RCC have found ourselves having some "good problems." What? How can that happen? Isn't that an oxymoron? Well, let me explain. First of all, we have been getting closer to the 300-mark in church on Sunday morning. In fact, last week, we went over 300. The problem is that we are struggling … Continue reading Good Problems?
At RCC, we've been going through a series entitled "WHY?" We've been asking questions about God, Jesus, the Bible, science, and problems. It's been a great series, and it ends this Sunday. Our lead minister, Tom Gerdts, has been answering additional Why Questions from the people of RCC on the RCC Staff Blog. I'd like … Continue reading Why Questions
This past Sunday, August 30, as our Lead Minister, Tom Gerdts, was out of town on vacation. I was called to fill in on preaching. We are wrapping up our "Law & Order" series on the Ten Commandments, and I was given the ninth. The Scripture says that, "You shall not give false testimony against … Continue reading Sermon – 9th Commandment: Truth Worth Living