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The Christopher Sisters Singing “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone”

Sung during the Sunday morning service on 2.13.11. Download mp3

 

Introducing Our New Youth Pastor, Josh McClure!

We are very happy to announce that on Sunday morning, November 28th, our church voted to call Josh McClure to be our youth pastor.  Josh has come to us from Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church in Madison, IN.  He holds a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Boyce Bible College in Louisville, KY.  At the beginning of the new year, Josh will begin his ministry among the youth here at Brushy Fork.  We are looking forward with great anticipation to the ways God will use him in the lives of young people and their families who are already a part of our church, as well as others who live in our community.  Please be in prayer for Josh and for the youth ministry.

Here are some words from Josh to our church family concerning his ministry among us:

BFBC Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you again so much for this awesome opportunity to serve you and the youth of this church.  I look forward to growing with you as we worship and serve our Lord.  I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead with our youth.  I hope to get to know them soon so that I can help them grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and grow in their relationships with Christ.

However, I can’t do it alone.

The biggest source of influence in a young person’s life is in the home.  I will have them for only around 2-3 hours a week.  The rest of the time they are in school or at home.  You have the greater amount of time to have an impact.  Encourage your youth in their quiet time.  Ask them what they have been reading recently.  You don’t have to drill them with a pop quiz, but a little interest in what they have read and have to say about it can lead to bigger conversations.  Encourage them to get involved in Sunday School and / or Wednesday nights.

I look forward to getting to know you all in the coming months.

In Christ,

Josh McClure

The Purpose of Youth Ministry

We are excited that the Lord has led Josh McClure to be our new youth pastor!  He’ll assume his role at the beginning of the new year.  As Josh prepares for youth ministry at Brushy Fork, it is important that we remind ourselves what the purpose of youth ministry is.  Let’s take a moment to think about these things together.

Here are two purposes of youth ministry for us to consider as we prepare to welcome Josh:

1.  It’s about Discipling Young People

One of the primary purposes of a youth group is to help current students grow in their faith.  The main job that any youth pastor should focus on is teaching the students the Word of God and helping them incorporate its truths into their lives.  After all, the word “pastor” means “shepherd,” and one of the main jobs of a shepherd is to feed the sheep.  A youth pastor should feed the students the Word of God, and help them apply it to their lives.  Why is this the primary purpose, you might ask?  Because it’s the Word of God that has the power to transform lives.  Nothing else has that kind of power.

Now, believe me, our youth will do some fun things.  We have at least one event scheduled for them each month of the year.  But what we need to remember is that while fun events are important, it is ultimately not any event that will transform a young person’s life.  Only the Word of God can do that.

2. It’s about Assisting Parents

Another important task of a youth pastor is assisting parents in their task of “bringing up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  We need to emphasize the word “assist” here.  Parents are the primary ones responsible for the spiritual nurturing of their children.  Having a youth pastor does not mean that parents can take a break from that responsibility and let the youth pastor do all the work for them.  Even when a church has a youth pastor, the parents are still the primary teachers and spiritual guides for their kids.  The youth pastor, then, should be viewed as an assistant to the parents.  He is there to help you teach your children and to help you guide them through life with biblical wisdom.

With these things in mind, let’s pray that God would do a work within our youth ministry, and use our new youth pastor in that process.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Grant

 

Youth Room Renovations

Our students have been working hard to renovate the basement of our church where they meet for Sunday morning Sunday school, Wednesday night Bible study (a.k.a. “Underground”), and at various other times for events.  We’re proud of the work they’ve done and wanted to make sure everyone was able to see their handiwork.

As you can see, they’ve given the walls a new coat of paint.  They’ve also prepared an area with couches and a coffee table as well as an eating area with table and chairs.  This will provide them with a great place where they can feel at home and spend quality time with one another as they study God’s Word, worship together, and have fun just hanging out.

We hope you’ll come down and take a look at it for yourself.  More important, however, than this room or any part of the building where our church meets are the things that go on in the rooms.  We ask that you would pray for our students.  God is doing a work in their lives and wants to do a work in the lives of more students in  our community.  Pray that this room would simply be a tool that we will be able to use for the spiritual upbuilding of the students who already attend our church and for those the Lord may allow us to reach with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  May Christ be glorified with everything that happens in our youth room!

 

Chicken Fry

Our annual chicken fry will take place Saturday, October 9, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  We’ll have fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and a lot of other good food. Come enjoy the food and fellowship.  Members, this is a great opportunity to invite someone from your street, your workplace, or your children’s school to come and join us.

September 2010 Newsletter

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