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How can you lead the next generation to a better future? Believe in them. Love them. Expect great things from their lives. Pray for them. Pray with them. Hug them. Support them. Encourage them. Mentor them. Model a life of Christ. Give them a chance to lead.

Yesterday was youth Sunday at RTPCC. Watching our teenagers lead worship, pray, take up the offering and give testimonies sets my heart on fire. Youth and children inspire me and watching them yesterday gives me great hope that our church will still be impacting our community for years to come. I never want to dampen the flame on their life. I am SO proud of our young people.

If you get a chance today, check out this article by Mac Lake. I met Mac several months ago and he has a passion for the next generation.

What do tomorrow’s leaders look like today?

This week, I read 5 quotes that REALLY bothered me.  In fact, they have caused me to lose sleep because I can’t believe that this is the mindset of today’s church:

People within today’s faith movement tend to treat young people as a side show.

88% of kids raised in church leave the church at the age of 18 never to return again.

Over and over in interviews, christian teenagers say that they feel like a tiny minority in their schools. They said that they often feel alone in their struggles to live by Biblical values.

Because adults do not understand today’s teenagers they completely ignore them. Their actions and complaints loudly demonstrate to our teens that they are not valued and that their voices do not need to be heard.

Our young people are out there wondering if anybody cares. All over America they are leaving churches and no one is even bothering to ask why.


Read more about why young people are leaving the church…

http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/16/opinion/stepp-millennials-church/index.html

https://www.barna.org/teens-next-gen-articles/528-six-reasons-young-christians-leave-church

God is trusting us to mentor and love His next generation. It’s up to us to lead them to a better future and God is going to hold us accountable for the love that we share with our teens.  Our young people are capable of doing and becoming much more than we give them credit for.  Many of the teens at RTPCC are standing at the edge of the diving board to greatness and they just need someone to believe in them. If you attend RTPCC, make sure to take time out to tell our youth what a WONDERFUL job they did on Sunday.  If we don’t believe in our youth, who will?

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Information for RTPCC:

October 20th – Special concert with Freedom’s Crossing and Senior Appreciation Day

October 25th – Octoberfest

Click here to listen to yesterday’s message

Click here for online giving

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We value connection at RTPCC. In fact, it is so important that it is one of our core values. “We take off our masks and live life together.”  Hanging values on a wall or putting them on the back of a bulletin is not enough; knowing values and doing them are two completely different things.

Three years ago, Casey asked me to consider moving one of our Sunday morning services off-site and I have to admit that I was a little hesitant.  We only have 52 Sundays each year so every one of them is extremely important.  Three doubts kept cropping up in my mind:

What if people refuse to come because it is something different?”

What if the weather is bad?”

What if people do not catch up on their giving the following week?”

This year, we had our Friend Day at the Lake. It will always be a memorable day for RTPCC.  I think the pictures speak for themselves but I wanted to share my personal favorite 10 memories of Friend Day at the Lake:

  1. Welcoming new friends to RTPCC.  I want to thank everyone for inviting your friends; it was so great to see so many visitors.
  2. Seeing old friends I’ve missed over the past several months at RTPCC.
  3. Listening to so many people praying together during our prayer groups.
  4. Hanging out with our seniors. I was so proud of all of our Legacy Group that came to Friend Day at the Lake. Age truly is only a number.
  5. Thinking about the future of RTPCC. Kids were everywhere!  I met some of my life-long friends when I was a kid at a church picnic.  I found myself reminiscing about those days as I watched the kids play together in the sand and water.
  6. Eating the delicious foods and desserts.  You guys really know how to cook!  To everyone who cooked, grilled, transported and served the food…thank you for serving God by serving others.
  7. Riding on a boat with my wife and son. I appreciate everyone who brought your boats to the event. It was an added bonus and my family really enjoyed it.
  8. Watching Isaac FINALLY learn to catch a baseball.
  9. Noticing people smile, hug, laugh and connect.
  10. Watching Missy walk around with a live lizard hanging from her ear. You will never see me do that but I thought it was pretty cool.

October is right around the corner.  I am looking forward to Octoberfest and Senior Appreciation Day with Freedom’s Crossing.

Much love,

Pastor Jason

Click here for online giving.

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  1. Friend Day at the Lake is this coming Sunday, September 22nd at Falls Lake. We will be at the Sandling Beach Shelter #4.  Sandling Beach is located on NC 50, three miles north of NC 98. The address is 14605 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
  2. There is a $6 parking cost ($4 for seniors).
  3. We will be starting at 11AM. Please try to be there on-time.
  4. Bring a dessert and a side item to share. (Please bring items that do not have to be warmed up. Examples – cut fruit, pasta salads, etc. Also remember to bring serving utensils.)
  5. Please remember to bring lawn chairs.
  6. We will be having worship, a message and prayer-time. After the service, we will be enjoying a meal together. (After the service, please take your dishes before moving on to other activities).
  7. Weather permitting, after the service we will be playing corn hole, throwing football, and having boat rides.  There is also a beach area for kids to play on. Falls Lake has nice fishing areas and trails to enjoy.
  8. We have reserved a shelter so we will still have Friend Day at the Lake if it is raining.

I hope to see you there,

Pastor Jason

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With the holidays coming up, now would be a wonderful time for you to receive a raise on your job.  Hopefully these 25 action steps will help lead you to a better future:

  1. Leave your personal drama at home. 
  2. Stop wasting time on Facebook and start working on projects that make a difference.
  3. Stop acting like a victim.
  4. Stop complaining about things not being fair.
  5. Arrive a few minutes early, leave a few minutes late.
  6. Stop talking about what you are going to do and do it. 
  7. Ask your leader what you can do to make their life easier.
  8. Have a heart of gratitude instead of a heart of entitlement.
  9. Be the best servant on the team.
  10. When you find a problem, present a solution instead of griping about it.
  11. Have your leader’s back.
  12. Pray for your leader every day.
  13. Memorize and live out the vision and core values of your organization.
  14. Take responsibility for your responsibilities.
  15. Love difficult people with all of your heart.
  16. Stop making excuses.
  17. Do more than what is expected, doing just enough to get by is lame.
  18. Care more about people than projects and personal preferences.
  19. Make people feel like they matter by giving away as much power as you possibly can to those on your team.
  20. Pay attention to deadlines and details.
  21. Respect your leader’s family.
  22. Communicate with your leader and team.
  23. Don’t go over your budget, it puts a burden on your leader.
  24. Increase your education.
  25. Make Jesus the center of your life.

If you want a better future on your job, check out The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell.

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6 Things You Really Need To Know If You Attend RTPCC

  1. Casey and I will be teaching the ownership class on September 8, 15 and 29th for anyone interested in joining RTPCC or finding out more about the vision and core values of our church.
  2. Back to Church Sunday is September 15th. This is a great time for your family to reconnect with RTPCC.
  3. Friend Day at the Lake will be on September 22nd. Be thinking of a delicious side item and dessert to bring.
  4. Freedom’s Crossing will be at RTPCC on October 20th. Adam and Becca were with us last year. This year, they won Southern Gospel’s New Artist of the Year. This will also be an appreciation day for our seniors.
  5. Octoberfest will happen at RTPCC on October 25th.
  6. Click here to listen to yesterday’s sermon and here for online giving.