'17 Winter Retreat Follow-up


We give thanks together because we were able to accomplish our mission and vision - We exist to glorify God by making disciples of all people through Gospel truths and Gospel living. Our hope is to equip parents to serve as the primary disciplers of their youth.

I'm thankful for being able to serve alongside you all. I think a lasting impression yall made was not only during small groups and playing with our students, but it was watching you serve when nobody was looking. It was washing dishes, vacuuming, and picking up trash when everyone was gone. It showed me again, that you were truly there to serve. And for that, i'm grateful.

But of course, just because retreat is over doesn't mean your role is. For when did Jesus put a time limit on discipleship? Or shepherding his youth? See retreat as a time of connection and a time to gain further insight into our youth so that you know how to disciple better.

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As I was able to hear from you and the students, I realized that many of yall didn't like the format of the video. Some of you did and some of you did not. That's alright I appreciate you telling me. However, I want you to focus more on the content of the material than the appearance of the material if that makes any sense.

What to focus on as a follow up from the video series:

  1. Eternity: The big question he asks us is this "If eternity does actually exist, how does that change how we live?" This Jesus is true and real, how does that shape our lives now? How does that change how we approach spiritual growth? School? Sex? Career?

  2. Testimonies: A big part of the teen video series was the lesson of story. Get to a place with your discipleship of the youth to where our students are able to share their story to others. If you noticed all the videos had teenagers just like ours who dealt with things and yet they were honest and real enough to get in front of a camera to share it. Let's get there leaders.



Now that retreat is over, what is next for your students? How do you transition them into the next year? I'm glad you asked, here are a few things for you:

  1. REMEMBER: Remember the students in your small group. Each student had weird and quirky things about them. How do we use that to disciple them better? Maybe follow up with their DG leader and give some hints and tips for their students. Remember what they liked and disliked and continue to equip them in their journey.

  2. REMEMBER THE RETREAT WITH YOUR STUDENTS: Even though it's over, retreat is still fairly fresh on the hearts and minds of your students. We had everyone journal the first night of retreat about their hopes, fears, and desires...maybe ask to see that with them. Another thing you can do is to look at the retreat pictures with them and ask them what happened. Go to this link to find all the pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chewywong/albums/72157664263153858

  3. GET MORE TRAINING: You're never done with training leaders. A goal of yours should be to be the best freakin' leader you can be. You should strive to be awesome in the world of youth ministry to the best of your ability. So here's a chance to train with all the youth leaders from our sister churches. Please sign up by clicking the banner below.

To provide training and fellowship for adult youth workers among the Asian-American churches.

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We exist to glorify God by making disciples of all people through Gospel truths and Gospel living. Our hope is to equip parents to serve as the primary disciplers of their youth.