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  Winter 2017
  Vol. 22 • No. 1
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  CONTINUING THE 360 MOVEMENT IN 2017  

IYC logoWhat if you could have a FREE teaching resource that would help your students grow in their faith and help them share the good news of Jesus with others?

In partnership with I Am Second, the 360 Remix was launched at IYC2016, and made available to youth pastors for free.

If you have not yet done so, we invite you to get on board! We want to challenge all student ministries to teach the 360 Remix in partnership with I Am Second. This is a collaborative effort to help you equip and prepare your students to reach those around them and share Christ in their communities. A free set of lessons is now available at http://www.chogy.org/360-remix-resources. Download this free material now, and implement it into your ministry as the new semester begins.

360 is a very simple evangelism strategy built on looking 360 degrees around you to see where God is at work, praying for three people who don't know Christ, six days a week, and missing zero opportunities. If you have already taught the curriculum, we would love to hear how God is using it to reach students for Christ. E-mail us at youth@chog.org to share your story! Below are more stories of how God is at work through 360 Remix.

Working together to raise up Christ-centered disciples,

Andy

Andy StephensonAndy Stephenson, PhD, is the associate director of North American Ministries at Church of God Ministries. He can be reached at AStephenson@chog.org


 

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  CHANGING PRIORITIES  

Think about these questions for a moment: Is the television remote in your hand? Are you usually in the driver's seat? Do you place yourself in the center of whatever is going on? We like to be people in control. We like to be in the center. Most of us, maybe even all of us, have a hard time putting ourselves in the second position. We want to be in control. God is calling us to re-orient our thinking. He is calling us to be different. He wants us to give up our control so that he can be in control. That is what being in second is all about. It is giving God control of our lives. It is placing him in the priority position. It is being obedient to his leading.

TLet me share with you about a young lady in our ministry who has decided to live in the second position. Her name is Briann, and she is a senior in high school this year. Briann has asked God to use her to make a difference in her school. She didn't know what that would mean entirely, but opened herself up to whatever God wanted. Briann just wanted to be used, and it has happened in somewhat unorthodox ways.

Briann has been asked to drive some of her friends from parties. They intentionally asked her so they will get home safely and knowing that there is something different about her. Second, Briann was the counselor in the face of tragedy. When a classmate committed suicide, Briann was sought out by students for comfort. Here's the thing: Briann is pointing students to a loving God by being a loving friend.

Loving God is best lived out by loving others. When God has control of our lives, we learn how to love others better than we ever thought we could. Let God have control.

R.W. Moody Jr.

R. W. MoodyR.W. Moody Jr. is a Youth Ministry Team member and the pastor of student and family ministries at Parkgate Community Church in Pasadena, Texas. He can be reached at rwmoody@parkgate.org.

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  STUDENTS CRAFTING THEIR OWN SECOND STORIES  

When I was a teenager, there were two things that used to happen at church all the time that used to make me a tiny bit upset. First, I hated it when someone would tell me that all I had to do to grow closer to Jesus was "pray and read my Bible." Don't get me wrong. Now that I'm a bit older (yes, I can admit that), I see the value in it, but at the time, it just seemed too...simple.

The other thing that I didn't like very much (which I think still makes me a bit upset) was when someone would ask someone in the group to "share their testimony." Now, again, there's nothing wrong with this, but in my primitive, teenage-boy brain, the only thing that I could think of when someone asked me to share my testimony was what I had heard others share during "testimony time" that we would have during our Sunday morning services (which usually consisted of a dear saint of the church letting everyone know that she had found her cat that had gotten out the week before). You see, I wasn't mad that I had to share my testimony. I was mad because I didn't know how to share my testimony. And that's where 360 Remix comes in.

Our student ministry had the privilege of going through the 360 Remix curriculum a few months ago, and it had a profound impact on our students' abilities to tell their own Second Stories. Throughout the study, our students got to hear Second Stories from people they know and respect, and then they were able to craft their own Second Stories in a way that is clear, non-confrontational, and (most likely) has nothing to do with finding a lost cat.

Where was this when I was a teenager?!

Josh Boldman

Josh BoldmanJosh Boldman is a Youth Ministry Team member and the student ministries pastor at White Chapel Church of God, and campus pastor at Warner Christian Academy. He can be reached at josh@whitechapelchurch.com.

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  360 REMIX STORIES FROM PA  

Since 360 Remix was launched at IYC2016, God has been at work in local ministries. Read the testimonies below to hear what God is doing!

The 360 Remix series really allowed me to see God in action not only in my life, but also in those around me. When being introduced to the program, I had a hard time choosing three solid choices for people I felt God wanted on my list. However, I had one name, for sure. It was so clear to me that God wanted me to impact this person. She was a student in seventh grade who didn't have many friends, but was very friendly, and God had laid her on my heart. The night at youth group that we made our lists, I prayed a bold prayer for courage and guidance along with the right words to say. The next day rolled around, and I had my books at school and was walking alone down the hallway—and then it hit me. The EXACT person I had written on my 360 list was walking right beside me, all alone. So in a matter of seconds I had a decision to make: would I submit to the Lord and witness to her, or would I give in to the devil's agenda? The answer seems obvious, but at the time, I was struggling. However, I obeyed God and started talking to her and invited her to our school's Bible club. She seemed interested in it, and that was the end of the conversation. She now comes to the meeting every Monday with a great big smile, and I am so thankful that God used me in the way that he did. More importantly, I am thankful for the new relationship being built with the Lord. My name is Peyton Kirkpatrick, and I am second. —Peyton Kirkpatrick, tenth-grade

The 360 Remix was the perfect series for our youth ministry. As a new youth pastor, I knew I wanted to first encourage and empower my students with the truth that THEY had a story worth telling because of Jesus Christ. This series was released at just the right time. The material, as well as the "I Am Second" videos were relatable, Jesus-centered and easily adaptable for our group. The small group discussions were fruitful, and it has been so encouraging to hear how students have been discovering their story and the revelation of how it intersects with God's larger story! It is truly priceless to witness the moment when a student discovers they have a story worth telling simply because they have personally experienced God's love. Students and adults desperately need to hear this truth, that their life matters and that it will always be worth it to live second and put God first. My name is Tina Lipps, and I am second. —Tina Lipps; youth pastor, Oakland Church of God (Distant, Pennsylvania)

Adam Rentas

Adam RentasAdam Rentas is a Youth Ministry Team member and the youth pastor at First Church of God in Vero Beach, Florida. He can be reached at adamr@fcog.com.

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  SHARING THE JESUS STORY IN A NEW WAY  

Do you ever feel like you are out there on your own, trying to figure out where God is leading you and your student ministry, racking your brain for a fresh idea, praying hard to discover a direction? This can be especially difficult when it comes to this question: How do I empower our students to share their faith and impact our community with the life-changing story of Jesus?

At IYC in San Antonio last summer, many student ministry leaders made a decision to focus on this issue of sharing the Jesus story, and equipping their students to personally share their life-changing Jesus story! Empowered with a fresh, new approach—the 360 Remix—many Church of God students have done just that. We will continue to feel the impact of that decision for years to come, as more and more students share their faith in Jesus!

Partnerships can be powerful. We partner with people because we believe that we can accomplish more together than we can alone. When we started to take a fresh look at how to empower our churches to equip students to share their faith, our leadership team made a decision to partner with I Am Second. So, our 360 Remix not only gives us a fresh new look at how to tell others about our faith, this training material also includes incredible video stories from I Am Second. Now teens across the country are discovering how to tell the story of their Jesus journey, and seeing how God can work through their story to bring life change to their friends at school.

If students in your church have not yet had the opportunity to get the 360 Remix training, I hope you will make it happen for them. It's a free download, and sometimes a gift given for free has the greatest worth! You can download the 360 remix at http://www.chogy.org/360-remix-resources.

Chris Spitters

Chris SpittersChris Spitters is a Youth Ministry Team member and a teaching pastor at First Church of God in St. Joseph, Michigan. He can be reached at chris.s@myfirstchurch.com.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

2017

April 21–22, 2017—ONE Unity Event in Indianapolis, IN—www.chogy.org/one-event/

June 20–23, 2017—CHOG Convention in Wichita, KS—www.jesusisthesubject.org

July 6–31, 2017—A.One.8 at Warner U/h.e.a.r.t. and D.R.—www.chogy.org/internships/

July 19–22, 2017—Leadership Summit in Anderson, IN—www.chogy.org/leadership-summit/

2018

July 2–5, 2018—International Youth Convention in Indianapolis, IN

 

   YMT Members
Tami Byrd RW Moody Chris Spitters Andy Stephenson Adam Rentas

Josh
Boldman

R. W.
Moody

Chris
Spitters

Andy
Stephenson

Adam
Rentas

Youth Network Team 

  Youth Network Team

            Harold Bradshaw (WY)
            John Maloa-Taulealo (CA)
            Tyler Williams (OH)
            Jessica Sellers (VA)

      Nathanael Lyon (OH)
      Rob Ringwald (WV)
      Kyle Cooper (VA)
 

 

Leadership Summit

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2017

Leadership Summit (LS) is an Emerging Leaders event, but it's more than just an event—it's a launching pad that propels our student leaders forward in the journey of Christ-centered leadership. This is an incredible training ground for emerging leaders in high school and college.

Leadership Summit is currently in a rotation of locations, being hosted by Church of God colleges and universities. LS2017 will be held July 19–22, 2017, at Anderson University. Confirmed speakers include Richard Mansfield, Jim Lyon, and AU President, John Pistole.

Registration cost is $240 before April 1, 2017, and includes all activities, lodging, and meals. Visit http://www.chogy.org/leadership-summit/ to register and to find more information. (Transportation to Indiana is not included in registration cost).

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One event

ONE, a unity event with NIYC, IYC, and the Concilio Hispano (Hispanic Council), will come together to make a difference through worship and serving, April 21–22, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event starts at 8:00 PM on Friday evening and ends at 4:00 PM on Saturday. Registration includes lunch, and is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Don't miss this incredible time to be ONE and really make a difference! For more information, and to register, go to http://www.chogy.org/one-event/


 

 

THANK YOU to these YNT Members who have finished their terms of service:

Rob RingwaldRob Ringwald—We want to thank Rob for his service to the Youth Network Team over the past six years. Rob continues to serve as the youth pastor at Cross Point Church of God in Beckley, West Virginia. Thanks, Rob, for all you have done for youth ministry around the world!

Harold BradshawHarold Bradshaw—Thank you to Harold who has completed six years of service on the Youth Network Team. Harold recently stepped into a new role as family and marriage pastor at Highland Park Community Church in Casper, Wyoming, where he previously served in youth ministry for several years. We are excited to see how God will use him in this new assignment!

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SPREAD THE WORD IN EUROPE

A team from Spread the Word (STW) traveled to Europe in September 2016 to see STW in action. Funds were sent to help sponsor six refugees for a Christian camp being offered by the Three Worlds (3W) team in that region. Here's a note from Joshua Weiger, missionary with 3W:

Thank you for partnering with the work happening in Germany through your gift. There is a large influx of refugees here and the German church is stepping up in some very specific ways to meet the needs of the people. We realize this is an incredible opportunity to share the hope and good news of the Gospel of Jesus.

Specifically, this money was used to help underwrite the cost of bringing six refugees to the German teen camp. Partnering with the German Church of God to fund this event reminded them that they are not alone. This was an incredible opportunity to set an example for the German students who were at the camp. We were able to model healthy and appropriate relationship with these six refugee guests who have seen and experienced so much in their lives. It was incredible to see the German students welcome our guests with open arms and full inclusion. These funds also helped provide an incredible opportunity to share Jesus. This was the first time these students with Muslim backgrounds had ever been in community with Jesus followers and the first time most of them had heard the Good News presented. All of them were visibly moved by this experience and hopefully gospel seeds were planted that will bear fruit in their lives.

Thank you for being a part of Teenfreitzeit and investing in the lives of these six young men.

Love God, love people,
—Joshua Weiger

 
 
   
   

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