Family Life Ministry Highlight
Summer is an incredibly busy time for our Family Life team at Palm Valley Church. This team consists of all the ministry we do from birth to high school students. The summer is full of camps for each age group, fun activities, and mission trips. All of this is in addition to the weekend services designed specifically for each age group that incorporate music, drama, teaching, and small group activities. Countless hours are put in by our dedicated full- and part-time ministry staff as well as the real heroes, the PVC members who serve in these areas using their God-given gifts and abilities.
In the past, we would take time after each major event and spend a few minutes in service highlighting what God did through our summer camp and mission trip experiences. This year we decided to kick off our #WeArePVC series with an entire weekend highlighting all the efforts. It was amazing! There were students leading worship and sharing their personal testimonies about their mission trips. We saw video highlights of camps. There was even a quick peak at some of the amazing actors we have that put together incredible dramas for our PVC Kids camp. If you missed last weekend, you can check out the service online here.
Then I took a few minutes to share why we put in all this effort. For me, it goes back to a verse in the book of Judges.
After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.
What an incredibly tragic statement! Who was this generation that failed to prepare the next one? Who was this generation that dropped the ball? One could argue, it was one of Israel’s greatest generations, it was Joshua’s. This was the generation that saw God part the Jordan River and then entered into the Promised Land. They saw God fight their battles as cities like Jericho had its walls fall down at the sounds of the shouts and trumpets. When this generation were children, they saw God lead them through the desert from slavery by his physical presence in a cloud of smoke by day and a pillar of fire at night. God fed them for forty years in the desert by providing manna from heaven. This generation experienced God’s presence, faithfulness and power on a daily basis—yet their kids grew up and didn’t acknowledge the Lord.
As a father and pastor, I read this passage and it inspired me to be intentional with the next generation. I want to put intense efforts into reaching, teaching, inspiring, equipping and empowering the next generation to lead the church.
There is some discouraging news, we are losing the fight.
Currently in the United States we have a trend where each successive generation is rejecting God at a higher rate.
This is why we put so much effort into our Family Life Ministry. It takes intentionality to change a trend like this.
- Intentionality in prayer – we cannot do this without God.
- Intentionality is resources – we cannot do this without financial investments.
- Intentionality in effort – we cannot do this without gifted members serving.
I am not a doomsdayer. I have hope. My hope is in the fact that as much as I love the next generation, God loves them even more!
Palm Valley Church is a place where children and students matter!