Say YES to the Next Generation

say-yes-next-genOver three dozen names of people who believed in Paul, discipled him, and went on journeys with him.  Paul couldn’t make his statements in a vacuum. It was molded by people.

If we want to say yes to the next generation, we must say yes to building churches of people that matter.

Programs don’t disciple people. People disciple people.
Programs provide the way for people to enter into relationships.
Are our programs just keeping people busy or are they bringing people into relationship?

1 -Make disciples

What if we made sure our structures serve people? This is about MAKING disciples, not finding them. We can’t just go find disciples, we make them. This means hard work. We must organize our time, resources, and energy around this.

People mattered to Jesus and they felt it.

  • Fishermen became followers
  • Tax collectors became philanthropists
  • Political powers became servants

Paul understood it was about being invited into a story bigger than his own.

In Romans 16  Paul shared about the people who shaped him.

Who has shaped you?

Whose list is your name going to show up on? When kids  and teens walk out the door and the credits roll, whose name will be on their list? We have the ability to be able to control that. Who will tell their story and include your name? We’ve got to build the Romans 16 list for our kids and teens.

2 – We also have to name their potential

What if we could draw out the person Jesus created each kid and teen to be?

This is more than words of inspiration or admiration. Our words matter. We’ve got to see things in kids and teens that they may not even see in themselves.

  • When Samuel looked at David, he didn’t see a shepherd he saw a king.
  • Jesus saw Peter not as a fisherman but the rock who would build the church.
  • Paul saw Timothy not as a punk kid but an example for all believers.

We have got to name the potential we see in kids’ lives. We can’t control the choices they make but we can control the words we say.

3 – Brave their mess

We have to say yes to stepping into this mess they will create or find themselves in.

Community is messy. Always has been and always will be. But sifting through the mess can be the catalyst for growth.

We say yes to mess from the time they are in diapers and drool. If only it could stay that clean.

While sitting on the third base line watching the Nationals I get a text message from a teenager. She’s confused and frightened. Two innings later, she confesses that she thinks she may be pregnant. So after the game, let’s  find a CVS so we can get a pregnancy test. We sit together to find out what her future would be looking like.

We have to say yes to the mess. Sometimes the mess are sins they have committed or sometimes the mess are sins that have been committed against them.

There’s life mess. Family mess. How will we respond in the midst of it?

We have got to brave the mess and speak life into it.We’ve gotta say yes to stepping into the mess.

Remind kids and teens: Mess is not final and fatal. This could be the incubator for growth. Brave the mess. God does not leave them in the middle of the mess; it can be for their growth and God’s glory.

Saying yes to the mess means inconvenience and shifting priorities.

4 – Tell them a story that is larger than their own

It’s one thing to explain grace, another to experience it. We have got to find ways to make kids and teens experience grace. We have to create spaces where grace lives.

It’s one thing to believe a list of statements and rules to follow. It’s another thing to see a person who lives it out. What if we told stories of grace over and over? We’re not going to win by statements. We have to lead with conversation not condemnation. It’s not rules to live by but a calling to live for.

Let’s look at two great preachers, Wesley and Whitfield. Both left tremendous sermons in their wake. Whitfield was the better preacher, but Wesley also spent time and energy building up other preachers. Wesley left an entire generation of people who created a movement.

We may not be able to control the messes kids and teens find themselves in, but we can control the people in their life. We may not be able to control what the world tells them who they are and should be but we can make certain they know who God says they are.

If we are going to say yes to the next generation, we cannot let Jesus’ last command become our least concern. We must provide a safe place to present the Gospel and invite kids and teens into a story that is larger than their own.

We have to invite them to experience grace.

Are we ready to Say Yes to the next generation?

Are you willing to be part of a story bigger than you?

Adapted from a sermon presented by Heather Lempel , Discipleship Pastor & Campus Ministries Director of National Community Church in Washington D.C. at the Orange Conference 2014 Main Session 2.


Youth Pastor Search…

nyiverseThrough our Season of Seeking, it has been determined that BCN desires  a FULL time Youth Pastor.

Jaime Buxton has done an absolutely phenomenal job these past 10 years serving our youth in a part time capacity and was asked if she wanted to serve as our FULL time Youth pastor but alas, God has not called her to be a full time youth pastor.  So we say THANK YOU, Jaime and of course, Sean and the Buxton family for your service and your obedience to our Lord.

To Assist in our Youth Pastor search, please click on the appropriate link below and take the survey by Sunday, September 18. (Submissions are Anonymous)

NaCl-GetSalty Teen Survey

NaCl-GetSalty Adult Survey

Parents of Teens/Teen Workers/Anyone Feeling Lead to Join the NaCl-GetSalty Teen Ministry 
Join Ernie and Sonya Ley on Sunday, Sept. 18th from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the Teen Center for a night of discussion/planning/dreaming.

Please email Ernie Ley at if you are in need of childcare.

Vacation Bible School is coming!

Join us for a great adventure as we hit the road with the Apostle Paul, asking the same questions he asked and making some incredible discoveries along the way.

June 12-15 from 5:30-8:30pm

Classes for children age 3 through 6th grade.

Dinner provided by BCN from 5-5:30pm.

Preregister before or after services AND online at .

Listen to some of the awesome music that your child will be singing!

Don’t forget BCNKids are collecting shoes!!  All types, styles and in any condition for Soles4Souls as part of our Mission project.

Volunteers, class assignments and rotation schedule is to be completed the week of May 31, please plan on attended our next Volunteer meeting on June 5 after second service in the chapel!

Don’t miss this awesome event!  Register today.

Will you pray????


call-to-prayerOur Season of Seeking, has resulted in the calling  of several of our own out into missionary service by our Lord.  Let us commit to pray for them and all our MISSIONARIES as they serve their call.

Mt 13:38……….Father, we  pray for Laura SkrebunasChelsea Bissler  in their mission fields,

Mt 13:38……….spreading the good news of the Gospel,
Mt 24:14……….in this country(India Gospel LeagueNorth America), in Santa Domingo of the Dominican Republic(MesoAmerican Genesis) and around the world.
1Jn 3:17……….They have seen their brothers’ needs
1Jn 3:17……….and have not shut up their hearts from them,
3Jn 1:7…………but have faithfully gone forth into all the earth.
2Tim 1:9……….Let them be called with a holy calling,
2Tim 1:9……….not according to their works,
2Tim 1:9……….but according to Your own purpose, Father.
1Jn 3:16……….Out of love they have laid down their lives
Jas 1:25……….and determined to be doers of the work, not hearers only.
Act 16:24………Together we also pray for those in prison for their beliefs.
2Tim 1:8……….Not being ashamed, they share in the sufferings for the Gospel,
2Tim 2:10……..and endure all things for the sake of those chosen for salvation.
Act 16:26………Father, send forth Your angels and cause them to be set free.
Heb 6:10……….Do not forget their work and labor of love.
2Tim 4:17………Stand with them and strengthen them.
2Tim 4:18………Deliver them from every evil work and preserve them.
Phil 1:12……….Cause the things which have happened to actually
Phil 1:12……….turn out for the furtherance of the Gospel.
Ps 104:4……….Make Your ministers a flame of fire,
Phil 2:16……….Help them to hold fast to the Word of life
Eph 5:10……….proving what is acceptable to the Lord,
Eph 5:11……….exposing the unfruitful works of darkness,
Phil 2:15……….and shining as bright lights in a dark world.
2Thes 3:8………Let their hard work be an example to us,
1Thes 3:2………as we send fellow laborers and ministers of God
1Thes 3:2………to encourage and establish them concerning their faith,
1Thes 3:3………so that they will not be shaken by afflictions.
1Thes 2:2……..Give them the boldness to speak the Gospel in the midst of conflict
1Cor 2:4……… demonstration of the Spirit and power
Col 4:17………..and to fulfill the ministry they have received in the Lord.

Prayer adapted from Praying for Missionaries by

#HolyWeek Services 2016

Mark YOUR calendars!

No Discipleship services held for adults, teens or children on Wednesday, March 23rd.

INVITE a friend, neighbor or family member to one or all of the following services!

Maundy Thursday Service, March 24th at 6pm

No Childcare will be available  but the nursery will be open for individual use.

Good Friday Service, March 25th at 6pm

Childcare available for  our #FirstLook children(birth-prek).  Our #252Basics children(schoolbag,K-6thgrade) should plan on attending service with their family.

Easter Sunday Family Services, March 27th at 9:30am and 11am

Worship with us in service or in our “family room”(Sherman Hall)

No Sunday school will be available for any of the services but childcare provided for our #FirstLook children(birth-preK).  Our #252Basics children(schoolage, k-6th grade) should plan on attending service with their family.

Parents & Guardians, WE WANT YOU!

In case you have missed it,  our children started a wonderful new curriculum this Sunday.  Nursery through Pre-K are using First Look Curriculum whereas our schoolage children are using 252Basics curriculum.  A key component of both curriculums is connecting what the children are learning each Sunday  to their day to day life throughout the week.  This is where you, the parents & guardians; are needed!

We want you to team up with us by reinforcing the concepts learned each Sunday at home.  We will help you.  Yes, this next step (Parent Cue) is a work in progress at this point in time but we will provide you tools.  Continue to expect awesome opportunities coming your way to help grow up your child in the ways of the Lord!

Until then. . . .

Did the see the Parent Cue handouts we sent  home with your child? No? Well why not download the appropriate one by clicking on the link below:

How about checking  out the online resources below, this week!

#March16  #FirstLook theme is FOLLOW ME:

Preview video–shows you the goals for the month.  Replay it with your child throughout the week & the month of March.

First Look Preview: Follow Me (March 2016) from Orange on Vimeo.

Memory verse video

First Look Memory Verse Hand Motions : Follow Me (March 2016) from Orange on Vimeo.

Memory verse


#March16 #252Basics theme is NIGHT LIFE – HOPE | Believing that something good can come out of something bad

Preview video–shows you the goal for the month.  Replay it with your child throughout the week.

252 Preview: Night Light (March 2016) from Orange on Vimeo.

Life App, Memory Verse, Weekly Bible Stories & the Bottom Line all in one flyer–

LifeappPostercopyClick here to download a printable pdf of the above poster and post in your home.

Sincerely your children’s leadership team,

Wendy Ley,  Kara Gress, Vicki Whisenhunt, & Sarah Pituch


Coming March! #252Basics

252basics image

252 Basics is a monthly web-based curriculum designed for school age children.

What’s 252 represent? It’s not our street address or the number of questions a 2nd-grader can ask in 20 minutes. Instead, everything we teach in 252 Basics is based on one of three basic, but powerful, truths modeled by Jesus in Luke 2:52.

  • I need to make the wise choice.
  • I can trust God no matter what.
  • I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Our curriculum is designed to provoke discovery and invite kids into a new understanding of how to grow in relationship with Jesus.

To view our 3 Basic Truths, click here.

In addition, 252 Basics focuses on:

  • 150 Key Bible stories
  • 4 Faith Skills
  • 30 Life Apps (practical applications of God’s Truth)

Learn More about 252Basics. . .

Meet our 252Basics Curriculum director. . .  Wendy Ley

We want to know, can you help us?

Coming in March!! #FirstLook

FirstLook_Header_1920x800First Look is a web-based curriculum designed for babies through 5-year-olds. Every element centers on giving preschoolers a first impression of their loving heavenly Father.

Every Sunday we teach our preschoolers  one of three simple, but powerful, truths. The entire curriculum is constructed to meet your preschoolers where they are cognitively, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Through age appropriate activities, preschoolers are building their spiritual foundation so that by the time they graduate to Kindergarten they know these three basic truths.

what preschoolers learn logoWe start with curriculum for Babies, providing a simple song to sing while changing a diaper. Toddler curriculum provides monthly activities for purposeful play. Extended toddlers adds a Bible story and craft each week. The real excitement starts when we reach the two-year-old and threes-through-fives and begin our Large Group/Small Group curriculum.

Learn more about FirstLook!

Meet the #FirstLook preschool curriculum directors. . . .

Nursery-age 2: Kara Gress

Preschool–age 3 through 5: Vicki Whisenhunt

We want to know, can you help us?