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January/February 2015

Youth Summit: Holy Spirit creates a 

snowball effect

Debbie Eggers, Faith Presbyterian Church, La Vista, Nebraska

In 1993, three young ladies from our church attended the LOGOS Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, at the YMCA Camp of the Rockies. One of them was my daughter, Kristen, and she had a mountain top experience! 


The next summer five youth attended. The next year, Kristen insisted I go with them, and this time several adults and 12 youth made the trip.


Do you see a trend? 


All of our youth were touched by the Holy Spirit and by the relationships they made with adults and youth from all over the U.S. I can't begin to squeeze in all the funny stories and wonderful memories that have been made during the years at Youth Summit West. Our church now regularly sends 25-33 youth and adults every year.


Please consider attending Youth Summit this summer -- even if your church sends only three or four youth. You won't believe the "snowball effect" you'll create!  


Do you have a similar story? If so, please share via GenOn's Facebook page or website.

Building good ministry today for tomorrow's young disciples
Liz Perraud, Executive Director, GenOn Ministries

Good ministry, according to GenOn Program Director Suzie Lane, is not just for those in the church today. It's also for those who are to come.


When we as church leaders plan for building young disciples, we make decisions about what activities our children or youth are interested in, where they like to go for mission work, and what current culture requires for relevant discussion and study.


But what if instead of focusing on "these kids" in church today, we considered what our plans might mean for future generations - for the children and grandchildren of "these kids"?


What curriculum can we offer to build a solid biblical foundation? What traditions can we create that keep teens and young adults recognizing the importance of a faith in Jesus Christ? What relationships can we nurture so that when youth graduate from youth group or confirmation, they don't graduate from church? How intentional are we about calling adults to teach, lead and table parent so that we're not plugging programming holes but inviting gifted and energized people of all ages into service?


GenOn Ministries offers resources that provide for these "future generations" as well as for those in the church now.


Take a look at our Faith for Life Bible study curriculum. I'm teaching the 7th grade course this year in LOGOS and am reminded of its excellence.


Bring your high schoolers to one of our summer Youth Summits in Colorado or West Virginia, where they'll have time for mission work. Registration is now open.


Plan to train and equip your LOGOS volunteers in 2015. We love to help customize for your needs - including getting LOGOS up and running.


Give us a call, send us an email or contact us on Facebook We're looking forward to connecting with you in 2015!


In Christ,


Liz Perraud

Executive Director

GenOn Ministries

cell: 443-255-8492

Toll-free: 877-937-2572


Parents Corner: Choosing your family's future
Shirley Carlson, La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, California
Want to put a different spin on New Year's resolutions this year? Instead of letting life just happen, be intentional. Decide what you want your family 's purpose to be. What is your family passionate about? What do you hope to accomplish as a family? What is God's plan for your family?


Plan family meetings to discuss and to dream, to pray for guidance, and to begin to put together a family vision. Be sure to include all of your children, ages 3 and older. Some thoughts to help you determine God's plan for your family:

  • List what each family member is passionate about. Then define your family's passion and what can be done to fulfill this passion.
  • What are your hopes for future accomplishments - individually and as a family?
  • What defines your family to the rest of the world - currently and in the future?
  • What behaviors could be different as a result of setting a family vision?
  • What skills does each family member have that might be fine-tuned?
  • Set both short- and long-term goals.

Spending time as a family to create a vision could be life-changing. Use these websites for helpful resouorces:



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