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August 17, 2006


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Travis Thompson

Right on, bro . . . I've been sipping some of the NorthPoint Cool-aid, and absorbing as much information as I can about churches, not just youth ministry . . . and the more I read, the more I study, the more I "grow" into this person I didn't know I could be . . . so I'm standing on the edge of this cliff, attached to a hang glider, ready to take off . . . my vision is growing and my knowledge is growing and I'm struggling with point #6, the student ministry growing differently from the church . . . Thanks for helping me not feel alone . . .


How do you feel about a church with no formal youth program at all? Just a "pro-family" environment that includes worhsipers of all ages in corporate worship? Do you feel like you could approprately/sucessfully minister without fragmenting the family into peer groups?

This is the evolution of our own family; for the first time we are in a church without a youth program or baby nursery. It's been incredibly blessing and cementing for us to worship as a whole. Our kids still have plenty of opprotunities to develop friendships with kids from church at our Sunday evening home fellowships and during the week as families get together. But christians of all ages worship together, and recognize each other's needs and position. It's a beautiful thing.

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