Developing Biblical Convictions

By: Jordan Wheeler 4.12 Leadership Training Program Coordinator   Research show that developing a biblical worldview impacts how individuals live. At some point, we need to stop and ask the question, “What are my personal convictions?” I had the opportunity to ask and help answer this very question with high school junior and seniors in…

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Ready to Get Involved

By: Courtney Martin Program Director   We have been so blessed by the warmer spring weather that we have seen.  It is so nice to be back outside and enjoy the milder temperatures and the longer days. Signs of new life are all around us. When the days get longer and the weather starts to…

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She Just Wanted to Belong

By: Brenda Brazee Assistant Director of Bible Adventure/CIA Cathy, the School Coordinator from Providence’s Bible Adventure, shared with me they had two new 3rd graders join their Bible Adventure.   She said that none of the girls in her program had a church background, and they were really excited but also a little nervous. The one girl, just wanted…

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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…

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Renewed Zeal for Memorizing God’s Word

By: Stephanie Ziebarth Barnabas Mentor Coordinator Priscilla Snell was among the 25 Barnabas mentors who participated in an online training seminar in January, and God immediately impressed upon her to apply what she learned.   Retired since 2011, Snell is quick to acknowledge that memorization does not come as easily for her as it once…

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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…

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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…

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How Many More Days?

By: Anna Blazes Camping Ministries Assistant   Despite the snowy backdrop, we are already getting ready for  summer here at Joy El! During this season I spend a lot of my time on the phone with parents telling them about camp and helping register their kids for the fun we have planned this summer. I…

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