Leadership, Randomness, Reflections & Introspection, Student Ministry

Special Announcement: New Season, My Time Now

31 Oct , 2018  

Many of you who are my friends & regular readers know my well-documented struggle and tension in ministry life. Over the last 14 years of ministry, I’ve personally related to Joseph and his journey to the palace and platform. Through moments of faithfully waiting on the Lord, this journey of transition & preparation had its share of emotional struggles which were a roller-coaster of questioning my calling/purpose, joy/sadness, and hope. Following Jesus is hard in our human state but it’s the most beautiful adventure… an adventure I am glad to be on. To fully know that the Creator of the universe, the God-man Jesus Christ, the One who makes dead things live… to know that He is for you is unlike anything else. He has made this whole thing – this entire journey – worth it as He makes this next season of my life, though unknown in parts with details being worked out, even more, worth it.

That being said,

it is with great pleasure, joy, and hope I announce that I have accepted a pastoral position at Transformation Life Church located in Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville metro). This church is little over 1 year old and is pastored by two amazing leaders – Pastor Kevin & Pastor Hope Burroughs. They have been leaders/pastors at 2 megachurches in the metro-Atlanta area. They have led and trained countless leaders in church growth, missions, and outreach. I will serve as a Team Pastor, involved in just about every area. Some great things I want to share about this church:

  • Heart for an authentic and healthy church (engaging worship, community, solid biblical teaching)
  • Passion for a multi-cultural and multi-generational church family.
  • Our love for a God-centered, Jesus focused ministry both personally and corporately as a church
  • People-first mindset, not programs for program sake. Simply put, we love people more than our programs

I believe that the knowledge I have gained in the last 14 years at 3 unique churches affords me the opportunity to sit and collaborate at the table of influence with strategic leadership. Also, I believe that my teachable spirit, humbled nature, and character gives me the opportunity to lead in a greater capacity. I’m still releasing the book (release dates is early 2019) as well as still running Corey Gibson Ministries. CGM will still be active and available.

There are a lot of great things in store that I can’t go into detail right now.

NOW WHAT

I am asking for strategic and prophetic prayers on this journey. Here is how:

  1. Prayers for me and the church… God’s directions, will, & provision to be released. Believing a great movement to happen not just in the church but in the city and region.
  2. College-aged students, 20 somethings and young families that are in Mid-Tennessee.
  3. Prayers for community and to build relationship/friendship
  4. Intercession for an abundance of resources

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The Road Not Taken

Leadership, Randomness, Reflections & Introspection, Student Ministry, That'll Preach Sayings

The Road Not Taken

21 Mar , 2017  

***Posted this on my Facebook last Friday and wanted to go into some more detail.***

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God DID NOT LEAD them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the SHORTEST route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” — Exodus 13:17

Sometimes the shortest distance and timeframe is not the best. A wise person once said,”if it’s easy to obtain, it’s easy to lose.” If the people would have gone on the main road (shortest distance) towards the promise land, they would have been easier to spot from Pharaoh… hence face opposition and return to slavery. Often times, the waiting process or journey proves the character and integrity not just of the person, but of the calling.

Young Person & Leaders – Our calling is worth the extra mile… worth not shortcutting or cheating our way, worth the necessary process, and worth the learning experiences. We have a God who will lead us and direct the path. Trust the narrow road he has us on. Psalm 16:11 & Psalm 37:4-5 proves so true, in times of doubt, struggle and taking the “main road” of life.

The waiting process proves the character & integrity not just of the person, but of the calling. Click To Tweet

This reminds me of my favorite poem by Robert Frost entitled “The Road Not Taken.” I wonder how easy it would have been for the people of Israel to take the main road. How much time it would have saved them. I think often how easy it is for us today to go the simple and easy route in life. Life usually presents us with 2 choices – the choice of ease and the less resistance or the choice risk and pressure.

I love how even in Robert’s poem at the end he says, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” This man is faced with a decision to either go where few have been or trot down the beaten path. His decision was to choose the road that only a few have gone, and for him, that made all the difference.

Whatever journey in life you are on… know that God is with you and he has you on the best path for your benefit and for his glory.

Life usually presents us with 2 choices - the choice of ease or the choice risk! Click To Tweet

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Student Ministry, Worship & Prayer

My 5 Core Values|Main Focuses in Ministry

20 Jun , 2016  

I get asked often what’s my core values or main foci in ministry… So here they go! No particular order

  1. Worship & Prayer
  2. Teachings (Large Groups, Camps/Conferences)
  3. Discipleship (Small Groups, 1-on-1, )
  4. Service & Community Outreach (Evangelism, Missions, Fellowship)
  5. The Next Generation (Leadership Training with Interns/Volunteers)

Here’s my philosophy in ministry as well

Guest Post, Leadership, Reflections & Introspection, Student Ministry, That'll Preach Sayings, Worship & Prayer

Guest Post: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

4 May , 2016  

This was originally written and posted by Pastor Micah Berteau here

Healthy is not a sexy word in youth ministry. If we are ever asked about the status of our youth group we would love to use words like “growing,” “powerful,” “massive,” “explosive,” “game-changing” and then end that sentence with a humble brag like: “but praise God because He’s the one sending the masses of kids to hear me preach!” Don’t flatter yourself. Humility is the breeding ground of revival. Is that one of those one-liners with no truth behind it? False. Think about it. The Bible clearly states how the humble will be exalted. God is moving in places where he gets all of the glory. God is into promoting purity over pride. Which makes it clear that Humility is a strong indication of spiritual health

The word “health” is most likely not our favorite word to describe our impact on culture. The reality is, we get caught up with size instead of health. We must redefine the metric in which we measure a thriving youth group, or any ministry at that. Numbers without health will not sustain. On the other side, healthy ministries cannot and will not stay without growth. Health does not mean taking a picture at that one angle for social networks that make your youth group look like 2,659 students. Health is being huge in spirit before you are ever huge in number. It is the foundation of prayer that starts with the youth pastor. It is reading the Bible for more than just sermons. It is keeping Jesus as the main focus of our entire operation.

What is one of the most effective ways to build a healthy youth ministry?  Copy everything you see on Instagram from other churches. Joking. It’s DICIPLESHIP. Discipleship is showing this young generation the reality of Jesus in their every day lives. Discipleship is replicating who you are. Discipleship is dirty. Discipleship is time consuming. Discipleship is the ultimate Jesus model.

Jesus took 12 nobodies and turned them into some of the baddest people to ever walk on earth. Talk about #SquadGoals. How did Jesus do that? Matthew 4:19 (NLT) states, “Jesus called out to them, “Comefollow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” In this verse we learn the Jesus model of discipleship in three steps.

  1. COME. Allow the students to come as they are, not as you would like them to be. The greatest leaders aren’t born they’re formed.
  2. FOLLOW ME. Students need a man/woman of God to follow as they are on their journey with Christ. Someone to text, call, or message at any time of the day for prayer and guidance.
  3. I WILL SHOW YOU HOW. Our young people no longer need to hear about how they should live, but SEE someone living it out in front of them. Discipleship is more illustrative than it is verbal. Show them how to read the bible. Show them how to worship. Show them how to pray. Leadership is more caught than taught and these young people need to see what a righteous walk looks like.

Understand that everyone you disciple may not make it. Even Jesus had a runaway: Judas. However, do not lose heart because though you may not see the temporary impact, discipleship produces eternal impact.

 

MicahSmileMicah Berteau has grown up in the house of God.  Micah, along with his wife Lindsey, are the youth Pastors of Heart&Soul and Stadium Youth & Young Adult Ministries at The House in Modesto, California.  Micah influences hundreds of young people on a weekly basis.  He has led events with over 2,000 people in attendance and has had the privilege to see thousands of people saved.  Micah is a dynamic, powerful, and enthusiastic speaker. He carries an anointing to speak not only to the youth, but to all generations. His passion and love for God is refreshing and contagious.  Micah has a heart for evangelism and a desire to see the youth and young adults of this generation intimately know Jesus and boldly make him known.

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Leadership, Student Ministry, Worship & Prayer

Fusion Kalamazoo – Student Gathering

25 Jan , 2016  

So awesome to be a part of & witness this last night seeing students gather under ONE Banner, JESUS! A worship gathering – across the city, across churches, across denominations – ONE body. Praying to see more of this for our generation and the next! Thanks @pmattray @realstudentstv for hosting. Great word, worship and community! #Fusion #Kalamazoo (at Kalamazoo First Assembly of God)

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Leadership, Reflections & Introspection, Student Ministry

NEW iOS/Android Apps

16 Jan , 2016   Gallery

So I’ve released my 1st app on iOS, Android & WP10.. Go get it for the latest blogs, sermons & more. iOS Link in bio or search “iAMtransparent” #stumin #TheRiver #AliveandFree #Kalamazoo #ministry #ios

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Leadership, Student Ministry

Alive & Free Honors Pastor Dan

9 Dec , 2015  

So it’s this guy last night speaking as a Student Pastor.. He is leaving to plant a church. Let’s honor him by being presence. @dansmith418 has been a tremendous support and ally for me since coming to the River. Now, it’s a huge honor that he is passing the baton to me. If you have ever been apart of Alive & Free, make sure to be here THIS SUNDAY! We are having Popeyes Chicken as well // share & repost this to invite your friends. #aliveandfree #Kalamazoo #stumin #TheRiver #honor (at The River)

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Randomness, Student Ministry, Worship & Prayer

Meetup with Peter Webb

19 Oct , 2015   Gallery

peterdwebb:

Was great to meet up with Corey and hearing his heart for youth. Welcome to Kalamazoo, brother!

@awakenthisheart

So good meeting you as well!!

Leadership, Student Ministry, Worship & Prayer

Alive & Free Kick-off

12 Sep , 2015  

@aliveandfreeyouth #Kalamazoo Fall Kick-off is tomorrow night.. Invited/Bring your friends. Doors open at 6:30pm, service at 7pm – The River Church. #AliveAndFree #StudentMinistry #Stumin (at The River)

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Leadership, Reflections & Introspection, Student Ministry

Dancing in the River

1 Aug , 2015  

11 months ago I resigned my position at a great church in Tennessee, that I was a part of for 19 months. And since then I have been apart of a long search to get back to what I love, ministering to young people at the right church. Through moments of faithfully waiting on the Lord, this season of transition & preparation, had its share of emotional roller-coasters, questioning – Are we there yet? and seeking the will of the Lord for myself. Lots of internal battles of uncertainty, loneliness, fear, lack of calling/giftedness and overwhelming tiredness that only my closest friends know. The feeling of not wanting to go to church or even pray (and I love both)… plus the weight of needing constant encouragement. I am super thankful for so many people who absolutely believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. With that, I share this moment and announcement with them, for it was them who kept pushing me forward, even despite of their own (good or positive) desires/wishes for me. I still believe in the promises of God… the calling he placed in my life over 12 years ago and the hope that what he promised, he’s faithful to complete.


With all this being said, I am elated to officially announce that I’ve found a church the Lord has called me towards in this next season. I have accepted a role @ The River Church in Kalamazoo, MI to become their new Student Pastor – Youth & College Pastor. I will be relocating to this new city at the end of August, and anticipate the Lord doing marvelous things in and through us. The River is a growing, life-giving church with a lot of passion for Jesus and for their community. I had a chance to meet with their Lead Pastor, Rob Link and the rest of the leadership. Spent a few days with them here in Atlanta and flew up to Michigan to spend the Weekend with the Church.

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As I step in this new role, I will be leading & overseeing all the ministries to 6-12th grade as my main focus; then leading and providing oversight of the college & young adults ministry; recruiting, training & leading a team of staff, interns & volunteers leaders (adults & students), a ministry to parents and finally creating a fun/engaging Christ-centered, creative and outward-focus (generous living/service) to young people. In order to transition properly, I will be partnering up with the current Student Pastor, Dan Smith, for the next 3 months. This will help me get the culture and DNA of the River, while developing community and leading. Like with anything new, there are huge steps of faith on both parties; huge step for me to relocate to a new city/region/climate and pastor at a growing inner city church (900+ attendance) and for The River Church to bring in a new staff pastor to pastor their young people. I would love your support (prayers, encouragements, etc) as we move forward. This is my prayer, that God would revive his wonderful fame/deeds (Habakkuk 3:2) in us as we have an expectancy of Him (Luke 8:40, Ephesians 3:16-20) as we live out the Gospel.

 

“It’s in the place of obscurity where Jesus develops you… the real you!” – Pastor Jason Laird

 

This scripture has wrecked & pierced me this entire for the last 6 months.. “Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.” – Psalm 105:19 /// with all the dreams in my heart and promises over my life, I am still in the waiting stage till the Lord fulfill them BUT he is testing and teaching me about my character. What you do between the Promise and the Payoff is absolutely critical. How will you be found during the meantime of obscurity & greatness?

 

Pastor Corey

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