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PDYM Conference

Monday, January 26, 2009 by Mike Lovato

I'll be there! Hope you can make it too!

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New House

Friday, January 23, 2009 by Mike Lovato

We're buying a new house. It can be kinda stressful, but is also very cool. Today was the home inspection. Our home inspector was a cool guy and VERY thorough. He had all sorts of sweet tools like a laser thermometer, thermoimaging camera, and a stick that picks up microwaves. Basically James Bond meets General Contractor. We'll be moving in sometime in late February or so (after a brief stay at Nicole's parents). Here are some pics.


Bring Your Friends vs. An Awesome Environment

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 by Mike Lovato

A lengthy strange title, yes. I've been thinking lately about our strategy to bring new students into our Wednesday night high school gathering. We constantly tell students "Bring your friends!" I don't think this works. Now, hear me out, I'm not changing our strategy as Wednesday night being our front door for new students, a safe place to explore Christianity, and a contain a relevant message that applies to both believers and non-believers.

What I am changing is my approach to that. My focus in 2009 is creating a GREAT environment on Wednesday nights. I believe that if we create a place where students experience great relationships, relevant music that connects them to God, a fun time, and a life-changing message THEN students will bring their friends.

That's the type of experience I want to create this year. Yes, we'll still encourage students to bring friends, but our focus and hard work will be on creating a great environment. When God shows up and does something people will invite others to see it. Let's see what He does.


Top 10 Mistakes

Wednesday, January 07, 2009 by Mike Lovato

I've been really digging this series of blog posts by Sean Rheaume, a youth pastor I've recently re-discovered in South Carolina. He's been talking about his top 10 youth ministry mistakes in 2008. Here's a clip of one:

I love creativity, I am not that creative but I love the process. I work hard to package my sermon series in themes that capture students attention. I develop graphics, intro videos, and countdowns to hit home my point. However, sometimes I have let that take priority rather than the things that matter like my prayer life, time with Jesus or sermon development. Three weeks ago is a prime example. I put together an awesome Christmas program with games, videos, skits and dynamic graphics and when I got up to speak I did so with authority only to get home to have my wife blast me for misquoting the Bible not once, not twice but THREE TIMES! I explained that I didn’t spend as much time in sermon prep as normal to her laughing response, “YOU THINK?!?”.

Check out the whole series at his blog.



Mike Lovato is a follower of Jesus, husband to Nicole, daddy to Addison, and pastor to teenagers in Riverside, CA.


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