All posts tagged: students

I Have a Confession to Make: Teenagers Scare Me

Teenagers scare me. It’s silly but true. As a preschool pastor and mom to young children, I’ve lived in this preschool/elementary phase for so long  I feel awkward and culturally irrelevant when it comes to engaging with anyone between the ages of 13 and 19. Now, I do remember what it was like to be a teenager and I do understand in a few short years (3 to be exact), I will be raising an adolescent of my own. But… this doesn’t make me anymore confident. Honestly, it wasn’t until earlier this year I began giving much thought to this idea. That’s when I made the connection between my ministry and my feelings. Many of you already know our church is experiencing an amazing period of growth. This is no less true for our preschool ministry. Over the past six months we have averaged nearly 150 preschoolers on a weekly basis! On any given Sunday, there are between 40 to 60 leaders serving in the Treehouse and nearly half of those are student volunteers! That’s …

The New Normal: 3 Tips for Parents

Is your family crazy or normal? “Normal.” What does that even mean in the context of family? Is it normal to grow up in the church with parents who you never see argue? To have a dad who never drank and a mom who was always there?  What if normal is fathers who drink and mothers who don’t discipline their children? What if normal is divorced families or kids who are raised by grandmothers and grandfathers? There is danger in comparing your family to what’s “normal.”  Today, I believe parents struggle to raise their kids with all that is trying to win the attention of their child. Parents have to work at being the number one influence or, what I call, the determining voice in the lives of their kids. It’s overwhelming at times and parents often feel alone and, as your kid would say, “The struggle is real.” I’d like to share with you 3 things that you can do as a parent to help ensure that you are the lead influence in your child’s life. Be present. Just like our …

Fusion Summer

I just wanted to take a moment to share an update about the Fusion Student Ministry here at Southern Hills. Over the past year, we experienced tremendous growth and started off the summer with 90 students coming to our Wednesday night service.  Last summer we averaged around 30 students!  Praise God!  There have been a lot of new faces each week and with that comes a lot of interesting stories. It has been awesome watching our students grow, taking steps in their faith and moving into roles of service and leadership.  Of the 40 people who participated in the mission trip to Nicaragua,12 were high schoolers.  For many, it was their first time out of the country and for one student, it was his first time on a plane.  During the week, we built a shelter at the local school to give the kids a place to escape the sun and rain. The SoHills teens also ministered to the local teens, talking with them about peer pressure and other things with which teens struggle, despite in what country they live. Each student had …