Communication (or the lack of it) can often leave us frustrated like Abbot and Costello. We need to accept that the days of face-to-face communication are limited (unless you are using iChat or Skype). People are busier than ever juggling career, family, activities, volunteer commitments, school, faith, and personal lives. The tools we use to communicate make as much of an impact as the message we are sending. If we think one form of communication is all we need, we are wrong!
This past year has been one of the greatest years of my life. While the New Year began with its usual resolutions: get in better shape, eat better, etc., everything changed at the end of February, when I got engaged to my beautiful fiancé, Alissa. The joy and anticipation we felt were like nothing I had ever experienced in my entire life. We were so excited to dream, not only about the wedding day, but also about what married life would look like for us. We also knew that while planning the wedding was important, we needed to ensure that it did not consume us. Below are some highlights and my thoughts from this past year in my experience as an engaged man in ministry.
Ever wonder if you approach relationships the right way? I heard something recently that made me think about how we approach the people in our life. A friend recently looked at me and said – “For years my relationship with my wife has been a banking relationship. I deposit time, service, gifts and affection in hopes that I would get something back. It was like a deposit and withdraw relationship.” In other words, I’m willing to put something into this relationship if I can get something out of
Editors Note: This is John Rinaldo’s seventh blog in his series on Multi-Parish Youth Ministry: 1. Multi-Parish Youth Ministry: A Gift and a Challenge 2. Multi-Parish Identity: Healing the Change 3. 8 Principles for Multi-Parish YM, Principle 1 4. 8 Principles for Multi-Parish YM: Principles 2 and 3 5. 8 Principles for Multi-Parish YM: Principles 4 and 5 6. 8 Principles for Multi-Parish YM: Principles 6 and 7 Leading a multi-parish youth ministry effort, as you can see from previous blog postings,
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The goal of this night is to look at the advantages and disadvantages of many of today’s technological advances, especially those in communication, and to encourage the middle school youth to use these forms of technology in the right ways. Overview: Advances in technology over the past 20 years have provided us with many new forms of communication, easy access to all sorts of information, and more efficient and effective ways of doing a variety of things. However, it has also changed
Goal for the Life Night:
To help the teens realize and understand the need for more honest, humble and direct communication, (both spoken and unspoken) in an increasingly impersonal and technological culture. Life Night at a Glance: Teens love to talk – if they are not talking with someone, they are on the phone, text messaging, instant messaging, e-mailing… you get the picture. But what is really being said? This LIFE Night looks at our many forms of communication and how they can prevent