11 social media apps teens are using now

This is an article I read on the TODAY website:


The start of the school year is a great incentive to remain (or get) relevant, or at least keep virtual tabs on your teens. You may use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but guess what? The social media sites you understand are not the half of it.

According to a 2013 Pew Internet study, teens are sharing more information than ever. This spring tech news outlets reported that while teenagers are still active in the social media their parents know, they are increasingly seeking privacy and perceived anonymity on other sites.

Read the rest…


Parents Newsletter

Mosaic Youth is providing a weekly newsletter for you to know what’s coming up and also what we’re learning on Wednesday night.  You can see current and past newsletters in our archive on our blog.

This past week I had one parent genuinely ask me what my hope is for parents in receiving this newsletter.  It was a great questions.  Three things:

First, be in the know.  See what events are coming up.

Secondbe our champion. Champion our ministry to your student.  Each week we will celebrate something or announce something.  Celebrate these things with your student.

Third, be involved.  Each week we will let you know which Catechism our 8th and up students are memorizing.  Encourage your student to memorize these questions about God.  Also, we will give a quick summary of what we taught last week with a parents page on the back.  The parents page is designed to help you engage your student on what they are learning.  You can use it as a worksheet with your student(s) or as a guideline to guide conversations.

Excite to partner with you.


New City Catechisms

If you have read about our growth chart for students who walk through our ministry then you have discovered that memorizing the New City Catechisms are a part of our new vision for our 8th and 9th grade students.  In brief, these catechisms will help your student ingrain in their mind biblical answers to apologetic questions about God.  Our world is hostile towards God and your student is faced with a number of questions about God, which we seem to have no answers to.  These are foundational questions.  It is my belief that understanding God is this way, having answers to these questions could lead us to a wider understanding of God and deepen our faith in him.

What I love most about this is that an amazing app for the iPad and a mirrored website dedicated to helping you memorize these questions are provided to help us in this.

If you’ve never heard of Catechisms I would strongly encourage you to check out this website and read the “Introduction” page that talks about them.  Then take a moment and browse through all the questions and see what we will be memorizing this year.  It’s a lot but it’s RELLY good and TOTALLY worth it.

There are two versions of the answers…an easier version and a harder version.  To have a higher rate of success we are aiming for memorizing the easier version.


Our 8th and 9th grade students will be launching into this on October 2nd.  Throughout this school year we hope that both grades will memorize the first 26 questions.

Next year, our current 8th graders (in their 9th grade year) will memorize the second 26 questions, which will complete the Catechism.


I encourage families to take on this task together.  I will be doing this with my kids.  Starting October 2nd you and your child can take a week to memorize the first question.  Some questions will be easy, others hard.  Don’t move ahead.  Stay with us.

We will not be offering monetary incentives during this journey because we hope that students will want to do this for their own gain.  Also, we want to avoid shaming those who did not memorize.

It is my prayer the our students knowledge of God and their confidence in the cross of Jesus will grow as we journey through this together.

What does it look like for a student to walk through Mosaic Youth?

Mosaic Youth has a vision of what it looks like to walk with your student once they enter into our ministry in 6th grade till they graduate highs school.  Our vision centers on discipleship.  Our hope is that while they are in Mosaic Youth, our ministry will seek to partner with parents as students begin the process of owning their own faith.  To ensure positive steps in this process our ministry has incorporated a generic growth chart (a rubrics) in which we hope to see students grow from year to year as disciples of Christ.  When organizing this growth chart we asked ourselves what does a disciple of Jesus look like and then we came up with this plan to purposefully lead students to know Jesus and live for Him in obedience.

We know that students will enter into our ministry at various stages of their lives.  This is a generic growth chart to ensure that leaders are leading intentionally and to remind us that discipleship is our focus.  With that said we are training our leaders how to lead through this growth chart without isolating students.

The patter you will see in the chart below is that we have a single focus for our new 6th grade students as they enter in.  We add an additional discipleship tool each year as we walk with your student.

Growth Chart:

6th Grade:

Focus: Walk with your student as they establish community in Mosaic Youth as we walk through scripture together on a weekly basis.

7th Grade:

Focus:  In addition to the focus in 6th grade we will lead students to begin a weekly bible reading program that relates to our weekly study.

8th Grade:

Focus:  In addition to the focus in 7th grade we will lead students to memorize the first half of the New City Catechisms.  These are apologetic questions and answers that will help our student know God.

9th Grade:

Focus: In addition to the focus in 8th grade (with the emphasis on the second half of New City Catechisms in 9th grade) we will walk with students as they plan and lead out 30 Hour Famine event.  This event, beyond all the planning, is 8 weeks of up front leadership with a weekend retreat as it’s grand finale.

10th – 12th Grade:

HOPE:  In the process of discipleship and maturity we have spent 4 years leading your student to know Jesus.  In 10th – 12th grade we will continue purposefully incorporating and providing weekly bible readings and adult Catechisms to memorize, we also pray that your student, through the habits developed through the years, will continue this on their own…in the ownership of their own faith.

Focus:  It is the focus of Mosaic Youth to use students from the Upperclassman Huddle to serve in student leadership.  As we mature in our faith God calls us to use our gifts for His glory to build up His church.  Mosaic Youth has purposefully designed student leadership to be our final building block.  On top of student leadership, this group will establish high school community through bible study and events geared towards them.

Mosaic Youth Upperclassman Plan for 2013-14

Dear Upperclassman Gathering Students and Leadership,


Since January I have been praying and dreaming about how to better pastor the students of Upperclassman Gathering.  Ted (this past year) and Mulkin (in the years past) have done an amazing job of leading this gathering.  They both blew away my expectations.  The reason we give these high capacity leaders these leadership opportunities is to better prepare them for where God will lead them in the future.  It’s our joy to be able to send them out.  The problem with this is that you, the students, have a new leader every year.  This is why I believe it is important for me to be more present at UG.  Brian Foth will be the leader this next year and I will be assisting him in his leadership.  It’s my hope that this change will help you feel more grounded as a gathering as we continue to develop leaders.

To make this happen we will have a few major changes to UG.  For the past two years we have been meeting on Monday nights.  It is not feasible for me to be gone from my family consistently 3 nights a week (Sunday night, Monday night, and Wednesday night) so I have been talking with a few leaders about what might be best for the long term vision for the UG.

First Change:

We will be moving UG to Wednesday nights at Mosaic.  The first 30 minutes of youth group we will be all together and then the UG students will head upstairs to the comfortable “Welcome Room” for your bible study for the remainder of the last hour.

Second Change:

Student leadership will be changed.  Instead of having students be huddle group leaders we will ask them run the media, the welcome table/Haiti project, lead worship, lead the game, and give a few of you teaching opportunities.  Also we are trying to provide some leadership training seminars for this team as well.   The more students we have involved, the more flexibility we have during sport seasons.

Note:  Emerge students will be headed into their huddle groups 40 minutes into the gathering.

Cons:  Change of weeknight, being with the younger students for part of the night, student leadership will change.

Pros: Same night of the week as younger siblings, leadership opportunities expand because it’s not another night of the week, younger students get to see older students, older students still get the majority of the night with their peers, easier to multiply the UG group when it’s needed, easier to move the entire ministry forward together.


Wednesday Night Projected Schedule:

7pm:               Opening video

7:02pm:         Game

7:12pm:         Announcements

7:17pm:         Worship

7:30pm          (release UG to huddle group)

Emerge “set-up huddle groups” teaching

7:40pm          release Emerge students to huddle groups

8:30pm          GO HOME!



Student Leadership Opportunities

  • Welcome/Haiti Project         (4 students)
  • Worship                                 (3 students)
  • Game                                      (3 students)
  • Tech                                        (3 students)
  • Teaching                                (2 students)


**be praying where you want to serve this next year.






From Haiti

Thursday, August 8th

It’s been a few days since we’ve had enough internet connection to send anything out. So much has happened over the past four days that i can not begin to start telling stories. The English camp has been hard but amazing. The children that live here in this town are beautiful and precious. All of our students have been serving their hearts out and having a blast doing it. God has swept over this team in the past 7 days…and it is obvious that our students are coming back changed. I cant wait for you to hear their stories. Pray that we will end well and that we’ll have a great final debrief (entry) session in the beach tomorrow night. We love you all and miss you. See you soon.

Haiti Team: We’ve arrived

Saturday, August 3rd

Bon Jou from Terre Blanche, Haiti. Yesterday was a very long day but we all arrived in good health. We spent some time in the evening hanging out with a bunch of amazing and beautiful children that live here and in the surrounding communities. They are beautiful in every way. We took a hike this morning to the river and our on the surrounding hills to get a birds eye view of Terre Blanche and we had about 50 kids hanging all over us the entire time. It’s was priceless.

I am so proud of our team. From the very beginning our students have been trying the connect with each kid they come across. I think their falling in love. Sorry parents we might come home with less of our students then what we left with. Some might choose to stay here.