Campus Ministry with, well…, College Students

Wanna share an insight from the Youth Specialties Blog written by author Chuck Bomar. The post is about why we need to reach out to College students. (The sub-headings are direct quotations but the comments are mine.)

1. High school graduates don’t feel a part of the larger church.

This is specially true for students from the provinces who study in the cities. They cannot integrate themselves into the local churches and so have to look for alternative sources for spiritual nourishment. If they find one, good. But most often than not, they don’t. It would be important then to go to the place where they can be found–in the campus. Continue reading

Contemplating Young People’s Discipleship in the UMC

These past few weeks, I’ve had talks with a number of youth and young adult leaders and some pastors, too. The result of talking with a number of youth, young adults and church workers. It was nothing formal.I simply asked them about their insights into the ins and outs of the Church, particularly the way that young people’s ministries are being conducted. Here are some of the insights from my talks with a number of Methodists, both young and old. Continue reading

Young Adult Leader in Focus: William Tolentino

Welcome to the first ever episode of our Young Adult Leader in Focus interviews. For this month, our young adult leader in focus is Mr. William Tolentino, the current National President of the United Methodist Young Adult Fellowship in the Philippines (UMYAFP). He is also one of the top sales executives of Novartis Philippines.During his leadership, Kuya William spearheaded the first National level Caravan Mission with Tribal Filipinos. This mission project, funded by the Division on Ministries with Young People was meant to reach out to indigenous Filipinos, particularly the Aetas, in Sitio Ye Young, Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac. The project is now on its second run at Sitio Alunan, which is also located in Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac.

Mr. Tolentino hails from the United Methodist Church in Mexico, Pampanga where he continues to serve as an active lay leader and as the choir director. Even with his busy schedule, he finds time to really minister with his local church. He also remains as a very active young adult leader of Pampanga Philippines Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

I was able to interview Kuya William back in May before the Student Methodists Active in Campus Kirk (SMACK) Forum. I met with him at his favorite resto, Max’s Restaurant in San Fernando, Pampanga. Ask Rev. Mike of the DMYP, any National officer of the UMYAFP and they will tell you that they always remember Kuya William upon seeing any Max’s Restaurant.

In this interview, Kuya William talks about his experiences in growing up as a young Methodist and how he became a leader among Methodist youth and eventually among young adults. Watch the video and enjoy. Just don’t mind the noise of spoon and fork clashing with plates and the occasional waiter passing behind Kuya William! 😀

Exposure to Movies, Team Sports and Smoking

Smoking is really a big issue among teenagers these days. A lot of kids feel that they can be cool and “astig” if they smoke. When I was in High School, some of my peers started experimenting with cigarettes. Perhaps they saw their fathers or some of their siblings smoking, they got curious then started smoking, too.

If there is one vice that brings nothing but woe to its user, it is smoking. Imagine, you are actually using your own money for something that burns you, literally. Apart from the seeming psychological benefit, smoking does not bring anything else but sickness to the smoker and to the people who will be unfortunate enough to inhale second-hand smoke.

Thankfully for teenagers, team sports can help teenagers avoid smoking. By becoming active team sports participants, teenagers can avoid the urge to smoke. If these same kids get exposed to too much movies, though, the positive aspects of involvement in team sports can be undermined.

In an article at Forbes.com, a study confirmed that too much exposure to movies presenting smoking as cool can be detrimental to teenagers, in terms of their choices to smoke or not.

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Internet: Friend or Foe

This is the transcript of my presentation at the Celebrate Family Seminar of the Greenhills Christian Fellowship on June 27, 2009. The emergence of the Internet is one of the most amazing things that happened in the twentieth century. It revolutionized the way we handle and access information.

Simply put, the Internet is a network of networks, a massive interconnection of computers all over the world. It is different from the World Wide Web, which is a wide collection of interconnected documents, hypertext and hyperlinks. The Web is but one of the communication services being provided in the Internet.

Features of the Internet

  • Email
  • World Wide Web
  • Remote Access
  • Online collaboration
  • File sharing
  • Streaming media
  • Voice over Internet Protocol

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