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About three weeks ago we took some of our students from Two Cities Church to the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game. It was “Christian Fellowship Night” and “My Job Depends in Ag Night.”

During the game I was taking a lot of video on my Go Pro Hero 6 Black. Some kids took notice and eventually came up to us and excitedly asked, “Are you guys YouTubers?”

Josiah thought it was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Here are some highlights…

Why? This is why.


Best Email Ever

April 8, 2011 — Leave a comment

Blender Dare with Chris

January 15, 2011 — 1 Comment

(Blender Dare) My Story: Chris from New Vintage Church on Vimeo.

Family Ministry Brochure

January 10, 2011 — 1 Comment

Do you attend New Vintage Church?
Do you have kids?
Do you know our Family Ministry Strategy?
There are reasons behind each of our environments.
Read a copy of our Family Ministry Brochure (PDF copy).

Last week I went to lunch with a Sonoma State University student who has been coming to New Vintage Church for a few months. He is part of the student leadership at the university and talked about a couple of leadership philosophies, that are specific to campus leadership, I hadn’t heard about. I thought I’d share them with you…

The principles of the Relational Leadership Model (RLM) are as follows

  • Purposeful – taking actions that are planned an intentional
  • Inclusive – making sure ones choices and actions are inclusive of all, regardless of race, gender, Socio-Economic Status, ability or other factors
  • Empowering – encouraging everyone in a group to participate and bring their best. Everyone has something to contribute, but this does not always come out when individuals feel that others are taking control. Individuals are more likely to enjoy or take ownership of an event or organization if they feel like they are a significant part of it.
  • Ethical – making decisions based on a positive ethical framework (of course, ethics being a larger expectation, as opposed to morals being more specific expectations, and values being what individuals personally hold to be important)
  • Process-Oriented – the journey is just as important as the end. The ideas of group process (a number of individuals coming together to discuss an issue), community (that a small group of tightly-knit individuals will stay together no matter what challenges they face), and the journey being important all fall under this umbrella.

FISH! Philosophy:

  • Be There – Be present. Don’t be on cell phones
  • Play – Remember to have fun, no matter what
  • Make Their Day – Go out of your way to make someone’s day. It will make your day.
  • Choose Your Attitude – Attitude is the thing that individuals can really control. Why go into a bad situation with bad attitude when you can go into a bad situation with a good attitude and completely change the situation?


I thought these were interesting thoughts that relate very well to student ministry and small group leaders. There’s a few overlapping themes between the philosophies above and the “5 Essentials of Effective Small Group Leaders”

  • It’s a Journey – relational ministry doesn’t happen over night, it takes months and sometimes years to gain a student’s trust
  • Time on their Turf – you’ve got to meet them where they are emotionally and spiritually…and when possible, meet them where they are literally…sporting events, birthday parties, etc.
  • Partner with the Parents – it is the primary responsibility of the parent to disciple their kids, but most just don’t know how and they are happy to have another voice in their student’s lives
  • Keep it Real – be honest, be open and don’t give “knee-jerk” answers
  • Fill up First – make sure you’ve got a growing relationship with Jesus Christ

InsideOut Has Begun

September 15, 2009 — Leave a comment

Here’s a small taste of what happened at InsideOut this week.

pssst…that’s a student, Brandon Johnson

If you are a parent, teenager or volunteer…you need to know about InsideOut Student Ministries! Sunday Nights, 5-7pm @ 3300 Sonoma Ave Campus Starts Sep 13!

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Volunteers Needed

August 22, 2009 — Leave a comment

sm2To see students (7-12) surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ fuels my passion like almost nothing else can. It is one of the greatest joys in life to see a hardened student, living his life the way he wants to live it, break down and say, “I can’t do it. I’m not enough. I need you Jesus.” It’s incredible. Because in our weakness He is strong.

Our Student Ministry, InsideOut, is about ti kick-off for the year and we need volunteers. As I mentioned before, we need Small Group Leaders, Communicators, Experiences Musicians and a Production Team. We have a volunteer meeting this Thursday night, Aug 27, @ 6:30pm in the Warehouse. If you want to be a part of this incredible team that is being used by Jesus to change the world, one student at a time, email us and let us know You’re All In.

InsideOut Kicks off on Sun, Sep 13 from 5-7pm @ the 3300 Sonoma Ave Campus.


Announcing InsideOut Students at New Vintage Church. Starting September 13, 2009 we will have a new student ministry environment called InsideOut. It will be on Sunday evenings from 5-7pm at our 3300 Sonoma Campus. If you’d like to make a significant impact on this generation of students this is perfect for you to be involved in. We’re looking three groups of people to be involved: Students, Parents and Volunteers.

  • Students – We need you to be there and bring all of your friends.
  • Parents – We need you to bring your kids and their friends. We also need you to reinforce what we’re communicating to your kids at home.
  • Volunteers – We need Worship Leaders, Experienced Musicians, Small Group Leaders, Communicators and Hosts. 

If you would like more information email us. You can also find us on Facebook. Please pray for this next season of student ministry for New Vintage Church.