Appeal for Iraqi Christians

August 21st, 2014

Below is a letter drawn up by a group of concerned leaders for the awful plight of our Iraqi brothers and sisters in Christ. Please read, sign, and pass on! Joel

Dear Fellow Christians:

After his crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus Christ tarried for forty days with his Apostles. At the end of this period he gave them these final instructions: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

The Apostles heeded his instructions and traveled throughout the world preaching the Gospel. The Apostles Thomas and Thaddeus traveled to modern-day Iraq and taught among the Aramaic speaking Assyrian people. These Assyrian Christians have remained faithful to Jesus Christ for almost 2,000 years. This ancient body of believers is being threatened along with other Middle Eastern Christians with annihilation.

Persecution has been an ever-present reality to Middle Eastern Christians. It is estimated that since 2003 half of the Iraqi Christian population has fled Iraq. The persecution of Iraqi Christians has continued. The so-called Islamic State has mandated that all Christians in their territory convert to Islam, pay protection money, or face death. The Islamic State is marking all Christian homes with an Arabic letter (ن) signifying their faith and marking them for death. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” said Patriarch Louis Sako, Iraq’s senior Catholic clergyman.

The Christians of the United States of America have been blessed with safety and security, and can scarcely imagine what it means to be persecuted for the sake of Christ and His Gospel. We must not fail to teach our children about the reality of persecution in the world today.

We must not sit idly by as our fellow brothers and sisters are kidnapped, tortured, and killed for our shared faith. We must act and call upon our collective energy to influence those in with the ability to act and put an end to the destruction of Christianity in the Middle East.

We will not remain silent any longer. It is time that American Christians come together and use their collective weight to move U.S. policy towards the justifiable position of protecting religions minorities in the Middle East and around the world.

On behalf of those who are suffering now, we make this statement and affix our names upon it. We hope it ends the callous complacency that plagues American Christianity and brings about a conscious understanding that Christianity is endangered in the lands in which it was first preached. The loss of the Iraqi church will be a violent attack on the collective Christian psyche and must be averted with all speed.

In Christ,

(please pass on and have others read and sign)

300&Beyond Webinar Schedule

July 23rd, 2014

This is how it’s goin’ down!!! YOUTHPASTORU.COM
1. Intro to 300+ Webinar

-Overview of Joel’s history and 10 years of youth ministry experience.
-How we grew from 70 brats to thousands of disciples.
-What was the philosophy behind creating the nations largest youth ministry?
-How we crafted a leadership strategy that birthed over 350 captains of 20 or more.

2. Radical Prayer

-Setting the spiritual atmosphere for explosive growth.
-The importance of prayer in the growth cycle
-Holding effective prayer gatherings
-Keeping the “weird” out of the mix
-Learning to create an intercessory dynamo

3. Radical Evangelism

-Preaching the Gospel with contagious fervor and carrying the burden for a lost generation.
-Turning spiritual burdens into practical vision for explosive change in your city.

4. Radical Discipleship

-Forming, birthing, and overseeing leaders that carry the vision to completion and beyond.
-Creating generations that form legacy. Matthew 9:35-38

5. Daily Life of the Uncommon Youth Pastor

-Establishing and maintaining consistent daily routine.
-Setting priorities and boundaries.
-The importance of focus.
-Living the lifestyle of a successful leader.

6. Romantic Relationships

-Navigating the murky, shark infested waters of personal relationships before marriage.
-Balancing ministry and marriage.
-Giving solid guidance to young people regarding the most important earthly decision of their life. No Pressure! :)

7. Interacting With Church Staff

-How to find favor with your boss, senior pastor, and your staff.
-Learning to operate with excellence and professionalism in the work place.

8. Ministry Connections, Conference Hosting, and Managing Your Outside Relationships

-In a day where many either struggle to be connected or over pursue contacts outside of their local church, we must find a balance in this important arena.
-What events should I host?
-How do I know what I can financially pull off with excellence and low financial stress?

9. Forming the Dream Team

-Learning how to start where you are and form the team that will win the championship!
-Ministry is not a one-man show but a team sport.
-How to go from being the star to coaching on the sidelines…and loving it!

10. Services Geared for Growth

-What are the critical elements to holding services that are not mundane?
-How can we make things exciting without crossing boundaries of compromise?
-What type of service schedule should I use?
-How much of my time should be spent on my service?
-What should my preparation look like for preaching?

11. The Leadership Machine

-Taking new converts to becoming seasoned leaders.
-What machinery do I have in place to be the “assembly line” for birthing new leaders each and every year?
-What are the critical doctrinal and practical elements of ministry that every potential leader needs to know?

12. Becoming a Visionary

-Setting your sights on releasing the visionary within.
-Learn the art of seeking the Lord for divine direction and creative solutions.
-Become a master at motivation and getting leaders on board with the vision.
-Insights on creating momentum and sustainable, long-term growth.

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YOUTHPASTORU

July 17th, 2014

ATTN NEXTGEN LEADERS!

Something incredible is happening in these exciting times we live in. There is a transition from the former generation of leaders to the new generation. God is putting YOU on the scene for this critical time in history! I believe that YOU are CALLED for this moment to make an IMPACT on your generation! This desire for impact has been my cry for over a decade. Through blood, sweat, and tears (and a whole lot of trial and error) the Lord has given me a model for youth ministry that I believe will impact your ministry in a supernatural way.
My heart is to impart this model to 10k nextgen leaders who can run with the call on their life and effect our generation with the powerful message of the Cross. The first step in this mandate is a webinar called 300&Beyond: Unlocking the Secrets to Explosive Harvest. This will be a 12-week webinar that airs live each week for 60-90 min. All sessions will be digitally recorded and available to watch at your convenience. We will cover topics such as: Establishing a prayer culture, How to hold powerful Evangelistic gatherings, Raising up dynamic leaders, and building the Dream Team. Each week will offer incredible insights on the most frequently asked questions by youth leaders.
This webinar is not limited to full time youth ministers. It is for part-time, bi-vocational, volunteer, or even church staff in other departments. Check out all the information at http://youthpastoru.com and register today to secure your place in this transformational opportunity! For Him, Joel Stockstill

July Reading Plan

June 30th, 2014

Here is the July reading plan. Will post to link as pdf asap. thanks!

Tue 1 Gen 1-3 Psa 1 Matt 1-2
Wed 2 Gen 4-6 Psa 2 Matt 3-4
Thu 3 Gen 7-9 Psa 3 Matt 5
Fri 4 Gen 10-12 Psa 4 Matt 6-7
Sat 5 Gen 13-15 Psa 5 Matt 8-9
Mon 7 Gen 16-18 Psa 6 Matt 10
Tue 8 Gen 19-21 Psa 7 Matt 11-12
Wed 9 Gen 22-24 Psa 8 Matt 13-14
Thu 10 Gen 25-27 Psa 9 Matt 15
Fri 11 Gen 28-30 Psa 10 Matt 16-17
Sat 12 Gen 31-33 Psa 11 Matt 18-19
Mon 14 Gen 34-36 Psa 12 Matt 20
Tue 15 Gen 37-39 Psa 13 Matt 21-22
Wed 16 Gen 40-42 Psa 14 Matt 23-24
Thu 17 Gen 43-45 Psa 15 Matt 25
Fri 18 Gen 46-48 Psa 16 Matt 26
Sat 19 Gen 49-50 Psa 17 Matt 27-28
Mon 21 Exo 1-3 Psa 18 Mk 1-2
Tue 22 Exo 4-6 Psa 19 Mk 3
Wed 23 Exo 7-9 Psa 20 Mk 4-5
Thu 24 Exo 10-12 Psa 21 Mk 6-7
Fri 25 Exo 13-15 Psa 22 Mk 8
Sat 26 Exo 16-18 Psa 23 Mk 9-10
Mon 28 Exo 19-21 Psa 24 Mk 11-12
Tue 29 Exo 22-24 Psa 25 Mk 13-14
Wed 30 Exo 25-27 Psa 26 Mk 15-16
Thu 31 Exo 28-30 Psa 27 Lk 1