Training the Next Generation

By: Lois Ann Glessner Bible Adventure Training and Curriculum Coordinator   Our recent training for Bible Adventure and CIA focused on ideas to help students begin a relationship with Jesus.  After teaching the “paper cross tear” method of sharing Jesus, we broke into small groups and had volunteers share. A teen volunteer said she uses…

Open Doors and Hearts

By: Kim Sanger Assistant Director of Bible Adventure/CIA I am always inspired by moments when I get to witness the church becoming The Church. At Joy El, we enjoy many partnerships.  Some that we enjoy are as follows:  prayer partners, business partners, financial partners, volunteers, community partners, among others. At Bible Adventure and CIA, one…

Staying Connected

By: Jordan Wheeler 4.12 Coordinator   Recent studies by the Barna group (and others) have shown that upwards of 6/10 high school graduates that are actively involved in their church during their high school years will disconnect after they leave the home. This staggering statistic led us to develop times of equipping for the upcoming…

You’ve Got Mail

By Rachel Shively Director of the 4.12 Leadership Training Program   A special memory for many who serve at Joy El are the notes written between fellow staff. Whether summer staff, year round staff, or 4.12 students, these notes preserve fun memories, encouraging comments, and share uplifting Scripture! They are often kept and read years…

Hope Building

Nate Marshall Director of Ministry Advancement   There is no doubt that 2020 was filled with pain, heartache, and trials. We were all impacted in some form or fashion by the historic events that took place – and students are no exception. We live in a world that is in short supply of hope. Recently,…