What can the church say regarding political issues?

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Here is where you can get a copy of the IRS guide for dealing with political issues. Link is above this line of text.

Here are notes from the ministers conference 5May08:

Jerry Royal speaks on what we can tell our people:

Matt 22: 37 – 40

37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[a] 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b] 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Agape: unselfish, unconditional commitment to the greatest good of another.

Main thing we can do politically is pray for God’s will to be done in people getting to office.

1 Tim 2:2
Pray for all who are in authority

Romans 13:1
1 Peter 2:13
To submit to the governing authorities. He gave us those words at a time when the governing authorities were for the most part not godly rulers. Exceptions where God and law in conflict

Acts 4:19, 5:29
Obey God over man

By God’s grace we don’t face that dilemma like so many others are. And God calls those people to not follow that law

We can talk about what God’s word says about the issues. Like abortion and the sanctity of life
•    Only 4% of Americans make their decision making on Biblical worldview and only 9% of born again Christians do.
You cannot loby, you as a pastor trying to call officials to change policy or get others to do it.

So how much can I call or get others to about an issue.

You cannot be involved in any political campaign activity for or against a candidate.

Focus on Family on their website has where candidates stand on different issues. Found at citizenlink.com

NCFAMILY.ORG

You can invite a candidate and mention their current status but cannot mention they are running.

IRS Publication 1828.

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Youth Game: Underground Church and Subliminal Scavenger Hunt

We are doing something interesting with our Underground Church game that I wanted to share with other ministers.

Background for Underground Church:

Underground Church is a fun game like hide and seek but more intense that opens the door to discuss persecution of the early and current church and talk about the value of faith that we so often take for granted.

In underground church you assign “persecutors” for every 5-7 youth present. They wait outside of the room for 4 or 5 minutes. During the first two minutes the remaining students are the “congregation” and elect a “minister” who will hide somewhere in your church and not tell anyone where they are. During the remaining two minutes, the congregation members must hide and try to find the minister at the same time. When the four minutes are up the persecutors run in. Their job is to find the minister first and win the game. The congregation members’ job is to find the minister first and win the game. If the persecutors find the minister, he/she must admit they are the minister. If the congregation members find the minister, they must all gather around them and announce they’ve won so everyone knows the game is over. If the persecutors find a congregation member other than the minister, they place them in “jail” where they cannot leave until tagged out be a free member. Only one person at a time can be released, with 10 seconds before another can be released. In that 10 seconds the freed captive is untouchable. Persecutors cannot guard the jail.

Some other rules I’ve outlined particular to us:
1) No diving from the balcony or baptismal pool
2) No hiding in bathrooms
3) No hiding in the closets where we store gardening equipment (ouch!)
4) Don’t play with locks or bar doors
5) Don’t remove any items from any rooms

New addition: Subliminal Scavenger Hunt

Okay, that’s underground church but recently we kicked it up a notch with a “subliminal scavenger hunt.” We set up the premise that the Christians crash landed in a restricted nation where missionaries are persecuted. They have been shipped to this location where they will be brainwashed into not being Christians. Fortunately, a few Christians escaped and modified the brain washing videos with their own subliminal messages. These messages contain hints on where to find pages of the Bible you will smuggle out. Here is how to construct your own video:

Browse YouTube for videos like the Dharma brainwashing video from the TV show LOST. You will find several clips with subliminal messages already in them. You may have to edit out one h__ word. Next, if you want to add a little fright, search for the “Cursed video” from “The Ring” movie. You will have to edit out some of the scarier parts! Now, if you have any Christian HARD rock videos gather them up to. Download the YouTube videos (google download YouTube to find out how,) and put all of that into your favorite video editing program.

Next, hide passages of scripture on little pieces of paper throughout your church in the day time and take pictures of their locations. Drop these pictures at random throughout your strange little video at 1.5 to 3 seconds a piece depending on how challenging you want to make it. Now when your youth go to jail, they can watch a “brainwashing” video that actually gives them hints on where to find the Bible passages for smuggling. Give them a reward at the beginning of the next round like extra hiding time or a get out of jail free card.

For an example of some files I am working with click below


Let me know if you’d like some help with this, have questions, or would like a copy of the DVD I’ve put together.

Grace and Peace,

R. Travis Crocker

Student Family Minister- Beaufort FBC traviscrocker@beaufortbaptist.org

Associational Youth Director – ABANC 252-269-0578

Resources from seminar: Hurting Teens Hurting Themselves

It was great to engage in conversation with all of you who participated in the meetings at the Atlantic Baptist Association on Jan 28, 2008. I am attaching a compressed file full of resources pertinent to the topic of Hurting Teens Hurting Themselves. If I can be of further assistance, please don’t hesitate to ask. I have many more resources than can be posted online I would be happy to mail to you.

Travis Crocker
Student Family Minister – Beaufort First Baptist
traviscrocker@beaufortbaptist.org http://www.beaufortbaptist.org
Associational Youth Director – Atlantic Baptist Association
http://www.atlanticbaptistassociation.org

Hurting Teens Hurting Themselves

Web site tools: Tuggle

Provide your youth a Christian alternative to MySpace built specifically for ministry. Click here.

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Web site tools: Event Wax

Schedule events, get a list of who is coming, and take payment online. Click here

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Web site tools: Series of Tubes

At
stubes.net, you can create your own virtual channel of clips from
YouTube and other places which is handy if you are trying to offer
youth clean videos to watch as an alternative to the filth out there

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Free backgrounds for powerpoint

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