We had a beautiful spring, weather-wise. Usually, our spring is about 3 to 4 days long followed by temperatures up in the 90s. But this year the weather is absolutely beautiful. It has been such an asset in doing youth ministry.
NextGen, where we bring pizzas into the high schools during lunch then share with the kids, has been very successful this semester at Bonnabel High School. We now have 6 youth coming to our youth group on Wednesday night. Destrehan High School, however has been very disappointing. We were only able to meet once in March and once in April.
The collective is the College and Career Bible study. I feel like on the whole it has been very successful. In the beginning of March we had our first annual Crawfish Boil. Even though the weather was bad, everyone had a great time. We wrapped up the school year at the end of April because the beginning of May is finals for those in college. During that time we will still meet on Thursday nights but just for fun, food, and fellowship.
Disciple Now 2018
Every year in the spring many of the churches come together for D-Now. We come together in one central location to hear a great praise band and a guest youth speaker. Then we break up and go to our church localities where guest homes put up our youth on Friday and Saturday nights. Then they do small groups with questions that relate back to the main speaker. It starts back up on Saturday where we all come together for another main session. That afternoon each church is on its own. Our church played Nerf Wars in our sanctuary. Then we all come together for the final session Saturday night. Afterward, we head back to our host homes and wrap-up Sunday morning.
This year was our largest D-Now with 16 different churches and over 200 students. This allowed us to bring in a great youth speaker and praise band. Our speaker this year was Chip Luter who used to be the youth minister here in the city. The praise band was the Stephen Michel band, a local band who does D-Nows all over the south. I feel that this year’s D-Now was the most successful since I have been doing them here in New Orleans. D-Now really gives our youth a spiritual boost for the end of the year.
Now it’s time to switch to summer. Please pray for my ministry.