JHM Update, 3.14 (Pie Day)

Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 HCSB


7 Essentials for Family Ministry

Last month I took a class through Youthmin Academy called Family Empowered Youth Ministry and learned about 7 essentials for family ministry. I’ll be sharing the essentials with you over the next few months. These essentials are environments to create and not programs to plan. These essentials should permeate through our ministry and no one essential is more important than the other.

The first essential is Empowering Family as Primary. We, as leaders to students, need to understand that our role with students is a supporting role to families. When we understand this, I believe that we will lead differently. We don’t need to convince our families that they are primary because it’s just a fact, but we do need to equip, inspire, and encourage them. Here are a few ways that we can do this: 1) Get to know the families of the students you lead. Call them or text them something positive you’ve seen or an area of growth you’ve witnessed in their child. Affirm them in their primary role. 2) Allow interruptions to be divine opportunities. Yes, we need to have boundaries…but if a parent approaches you before or after group, take the time to engage them and use it as an opportunity to encourage and support them. 3) Equip them. You can do this by sending an email to let them know ahead of time what we will be studying and maybe a few questions they can use to talk to their child. The truth is that we get about 40 hours with students and parents get a whole lot more! We are secondary.


Upcoming Events:

March 12 – spring forward time change & wherehouse on the patio

                   SXD Auditions (12:45pm in Cinema 34)

March 13 – Jake Bowser’s birthday!

3.14 – National Pie Day!

March 15 – Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

March 19 – wherehouse on the patio

March 20 – First Day of Spring

March 24 – Girls Night Out Waffle Bar & Paint Night (7pm in the wherehouse)

                  Special Stars Respite Night

March 26 – wherehouse on the patio


Thanks for your patience as we work out the issues in attendance and adding new students. So that we don’t miss anyone and so that we get the necessary info, we are asking that you have all new students in your group fill out a connection card. We would still love for you to take attendance through the email you receive weekly, and before the end of the night. Thank you!

Leader Meeting:

Please make it a priority to be at the wherehouse by 6:30pm to go over the details of the evening and to pray together. Send a message through GroupMe or text AJ at 906-7157 if you’ll be late or won’t be there.


Jesus And Your Image

Lesson 1: Image Is Everything


What we want students to learn: That “denying ourselves” means our image is to be driven more by who God is and less by who we are.


What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To step back and evaluate the image they present to the world and whether it’s focused more on them or on Christ.


Scripture Focus: Mark 8:34-38


Overview: Your teenagers are brand managers. And they are the brand. With every selfie, every Instagram post, every tweet, they shape how they are perceived. For better or worse, they are extremely image conscious. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But what does this idea of image control have to do with being a Christ-follower? Good thing Jesus had a ton to say about this. This first lesson will help define what exactly you mean by “image,” and how your students’ conception of image should be tied more to who God is and less of who they are.




The following is what will be on the outline that students will be given for service.  The part labeled “Front” is what will be taught during the message/teaching time.  The part labeled “Back” is for your group to work through in order to dig deeper into the highlighted scripture.




Mark 8:34-38

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a]will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”







Mark 8:34

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.


John 3:30

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.





John 3:30

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.


Scripture of Focus:


  • What is one thing that stood out to you in this passage?


  • Why do you think it stood out to you?


  • What can you apply to your life from this passage?



Discussion Questions


Use the following questions to further your discussion as a group.  You can either do these after your Scripture of Focus time or you can use them within your scripture focus time to add to the conversation as a whole.  As always you are welcome to guide the discussion the best that you and your co-leader think fits your group.


Create a one sentence motto or phrase that describes the image you want others to see when they are around you.


Why do you think the image that we portray is so important?


What parts of your life do you need to “deny yourself” to make Jesus a greater and greater part of your image?  What are people around you seeing instead of seeing who Jesus is?


Close in prayer