Faith Students 2.30

‘Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself.” Matthew 14:13

My wife has a large shut-off valve.  I call it a large shut-off valve of busyness that she uses at random times when ‘it is all too much’. I believe that many of us have shut-off valves when things get too hectic. Some of us have bigger shut-off valves or maybe more sensitive shut-off valves.

SO, where am I going with this?

It is important we know how much is too much, like when your family is going through a season of crazy-busyness and you just need to shut things off. Luckily for us in ministry we have three months where we get to step back and lighten the load a bit.  it is a real blessing.

I am blessed by this church to have another break and a chance to step back. Faith Church has given me a two month sabbatical for the months of June and July. Sabbatical is a step out of the ministry and a time for rest and restoration. After being in ministry for over 15 years I am looking forward to this time away for a purpose.

The Intention that we bring to everything

In scripture we see god make everything in six days and then take a break on the seventh day (Gen 1). We also see Jesus withdrawing from ministry to pray in Matthew 14. this is my chance to step away from ministry with the idea to be intentional.

For two months I will be away from church and will not a part of any ministry here. However, much like fasting, it is not about ‘stop eating’ but spending time with God in place of eating. SO, in place of working and being at church I am spending time in prayer and focusing on what God has for me and my family.

We will still have events and activities during the summer.  we are blessed with many Alongsiders that are amazing and will be running the show while I am away. Chris Grev is also going to be in the office and keeping things moving forward so let her know if you need something.

I covet your prayers and thank you for supporting the ministry and my family.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.

Scott Owens


Dig and Release: We are Releasing this Sunday (26th) in Room 105 for the last time. We are not helping during the summer and I am so thankful for all the students that gave of their time and taught the young children. May they be blessed always.

Upcoming Events


  • This Saturday, May 25th, cost is $0 per person
  • Meet at the East Building at 8am to go on a trail hike.
  • Bring hiking shoes, an energy bar and water to drink.
  • All students welcome to attend.


  • If you have any needs please email Chris Grev, Student Ministry Empress at and she will answer any questions or needs.

FaithStudents 2.29

‘he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.” Hebrews 12:10b

I desire, as do all of our Alongsiders, that your students have grown in their relationship with Christ this year. We desire that our theme (The Trail) was impacting and not just a short-term impact but that it will have a long-term effect from the lessons, messages and many testimonies they listened too.

However, the thought comes to me to ask how we quantify if we actually did what we aimed to do. Do we actually know if we have encouraged students to grow closer to Christ and how do we measure it? Is it measurable?

I am brought back to the question in Hebrews 12:10 to ask if we have drawn our students closer to being holy. Is that the best question to ask, ‘Is my student holy?’


That maybe the answer that comes to our mind because we are remembering the ways our students have fallen short or their wrong attitude at times, but we miss or don’t remember the Christ-like attitudes they walk around with many times.

You are Holy, because You are His!

So as a youth pastor to your students I want to see every student in our ministry be on fire for Christ, but know very well they (like me) will have moments of sin. They will fall short of the mark.  Do my students and do your students see themselves as Christ’s son or daughter that is unshaken?

Many TIMES, we aren’t able to judge our holiness by the verses we memorize (although that is nice) or the christian friends we have (although that is nice) or how many times we attended wnl (although that is nice). Instead it is important how many times we associate as His and only His.

The question of ‘is our students growing in their holiness’ is a good one, but is not easily done.

The question of ‘how do we measure our students growth’ is a good one, but is not easily done.

The question of ‘does my student show Christ love in their life by loving others’ is a good one, but is not easily done.

I pray that this this is not taken as shame, but as an encouragement to be the single greatest spiritual influence in your students life, because simply put, you were supposed to be (Deut 6).

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.

Scott Owens


Dig and Release: We are Releasing this Sunday (12th) in Room 105 and next week (19th) we are Digging over at East Building. We will only being having Dig and Release until the end of May. Starting in June we will not have class until September.


  • Saturday, May 25th, cost is $0 per person
  • Meet at the East Building at 8am to go on a trail hike and let sink what we have talked about.
  • Bring hiking shoes, an energy bar and water to drink.
  • All students welcome to attend.


  • For the next couple weeks, we will be outside and enjoying worshipping in the outdoors. If you students have some chairs or blankets, we encourage them to bring them as we worship outside.


  • I have been blessed by the church with a sabbatical. A sabbatical is a time away from church and my job is to rest, assess and spend time with family. Since I started in ministry over 15 years ago, I have not had this much time to rest and seek out God’s direction in ministry and church so I am looking forward to it. However, I will not be involved at all for the months of June and July. I will be on prayer retreats, family trips and taking a lot of walks.
  • If you have any needs please email Chris Grev, Student Ministry Emperor at and she will answer any questions or needs.

FaithStudents 2:27

Seven is known as the perfect number. Some people even believe it has magical qualities. I’ve been noticing lately how often seven comes up. It really is amazing! Check out this short list of things we number by seven:

1.     Seven days in a week.

2.     Seven colors in a rainbow

3.     Seven years until our cells completely regenerate.

4.     Seven seals and churches in Revelation.

5.     Seven wonders of the world.

6.     Seven swans a swimmin’.

7.     Seven continents.

Wow, I can’t believe it! Even this list has seven! Ok, ok, I did that on purpose, but the whole list would have been too much.

If someone asked you to compile a list of seven basics of a disciple’s life, what would you include? Now, I’m not talking about beliefs or doctrines, but practices or disciplines. Take a moment and think about what would be on your list.

When I was an infant disciple, I was introduced to seven basics. As I grew, they helped clarify for me what a disciple practiced. They also prepared me to be a disciple maker.

One of the major obstacles new disciples makers face is not knowing what to do. Given that there are thousands of books focused on what a disciple needs to believe, know, and do, how do we choose where to start, what to include, and what to exclude? Often new disciple makers simply multiply curriculum instead of a more holistic approach to disciple making. The seven basics keep the focus tight enough to manage and yet broad enough to develop depth.


To be honest, I don’t know where this list started. It was passed on to me and I pass it on to others. Since my spiritual lineage includes the likes of Dawson Trotman and LeRoy Eims I’ve learned to trust these tools that have stood the test of time and spiritual generations. Today, I pass them on to those I disciple and continue to refer to them as I seek continued depth and transformation in my own life.

By now you’re dying to know, so here are the seven basics…

1. Assurance of Salvation – This basic is always first because an accurate understanding of our salvation is critical. In fact, walking around without it is like going into battle without a helmet (Eph. 6:17). As a disciple matures assurance of our salvation grows into a deep and abiding understanding of the Gospel. The Gospel reminds me of who I am without Christ, who Christ is, and who He has made (and is making) me to be. Living into these truths protects me from trying to earn His love or from becoming proud. One of my favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 15:10, which proclaims the truth of the Gospel in the disciple’s life.

2. Quiet / Devotional Time – A quiet time is a daily time to connect with God. Since the food of a disciple is to do the will of the Father (John 4:34), taking time to be nourished by praying, reading the Bible, and praying some more is a practice that cannot be ignored.

3. Prayer – At its core prayer is talking and listening to God. Though our modern take on prayer is us talking to God, prayer has been described as getting on our heart what’s on God’s heart. A disciple’s prayer life should be continually growing in depth and breadth.

4. Community – Developing quality relationships with other believers is important because without others around us we run the risk of burning out like a coal separated from a fire. Community is more than attending a church service. The heart of building community is relationally loving and being loved by other believers.

5. Scripture Memory – Committing God’s Word to memory helps every aspect of a disciple’s life. Though the Bible never explicitly commands Scripture memory it both assumes and models the practice. Jesus quoted 84 different OT passages from 72 different chapters. We are told to keep the Word on our lips (Joshua 1:8, Malachi 2:7) and that it’s the way a disciple is equipped (2 Tim. 3:16-17). For most, it’s not an easy practice, but it’s a game-changer.

6. Witnessing – Actively sharing our faith not only helps others know Jesus, it helps us too (Philemon 1:6). When we don’t share with others then we’re a cesspool of information that limits depth in our own life. Additionally, those who aren’t fishing aren’t following.

7. Bible Study – If quiet time is swimming then Bible study is diving. These two disciplines are similar yet vastly different in their depth and focus. The focus of Bible study is to understand the Scriptures in their context. In Bible study, we want to know who the author is writing to, why they are writing, when they are writing, and so on. Bible study helps us grow deep roots in the Scriptures. If we skip Bible study we are in jeopardy of serious misinterpretation, and thus, misapplication of the Scriptures.


The seven basics are not a curriculum, but they do provide a framework. For instance, an infant disciple should go through each basic at a 101 level, but a young adult disciple would go through them at a 301/401 level. A skilled disciple maker is able to distinguish different levels because he has developed depth in his own life. Using prayer as an example, 101 might help a disciple to see that prayer is simply talking and listening to God. However, 401 prayer might help him think about the deep mystery of prayer and how it impacts what actually happens.

Whether you are a disciple or a disciple maker these seven basics can make a huge difference in your development. As you know the basics don’t help if they aren’t practiced. Don’t stop at reading these. Understand them. Practice them. Memorize them. Model them. And pass them on to others!

FaithStudents 2.27

‘Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

49 students are going to be gone this weekend and I need your prayers that we see 49 lives changed for His glory and to challenge us adults and leaders that we need a child-like faith and run after God unapologetically as well.

So I need your help!

I believe, like many of you, God works no matter the situation.  God hears the cry of His people (Ps 34:17). So I need you TO crY out to Him because we want to see something happen in our students that cannot be explained and will not be contained, but is a marker in the ground for when God showed up in a powerful way that changed their life.

There are many times when we attempt to retreat away from life, but God still draws us out from our everyday life and we see what God wants for us and HE leads us closer to Him. However, when you take the time to allow Him to speak and when you get away to listen to what He is saying, you hear more, you hear better, it becomes habitual.

This weekend is a moment when we CAN get away and seek after Him to know what He desires for many of us. For some of these students it is their first time, for some it could be the last time and we need prayer warriors.

Scott, What CAN I do?

I am so glad you asked!! Listed below ARE all the students going and all the adults going. I am asking for you to find five names (four students and one adult). Pray for them Friday as we leave in the morning, do a service project and OUR safe travel. Pray for them all day Saturday as it is a long day, but a powerful day with two rallies and a trip to gooseberry falls. Pray on Sunday as we wrap up that students make commitments and lean on each other to be helping each other grow.

If you are in prayer, this weekend will be a success in God’s eyes. thank you in advance for being our prayer warriors fighting for us and changing lives:


Students: Mariah Kiefer, Lauren Nielsen, Sarah Hecimovich, Addy Parks, Margaret Parks, Hannah Hecimovich, Grace Anderson, Ariet Obang, Agony Kwot, Ajulu Badock, Delman Omot, Mary Omot, Sarah Hillson, Kassidy Oldenkamp, Rimogo Ochalla, Akimo Obang, Seanna Kubas, Nyudhi Obang, Metach Oman, Hannah Blust, Elaina Lopez, Ashlyn Blust, Elayna Blust, Kai Babuothkai, Matthew Boyer, Buai Duop, Mission Duop, Trevor Pazurek, Fidel Lopez, Jordan Nielson, Isaiah Cressman, Otong Nyikew, Jonah Gash, Sam Parks, Will Parks, Isaac Kubas, Quinton Riley, Zach Smith, Ethan Stern, Joah Parks, Enoch Parks, Emmanuel Ojulu, Mitchell Schotanus, Alammo Puro, Mekhi Osman, David Omot, Banuie Olok, Kenny Cabeen, Alberto Lopez

Adults: Jon Kittleson, Scott Owens, Jon Boyer, Will Pazurek, Joe Parks, Steve Kubas, Rob Cabeen, Erin Anderson, Gina Thoma, Julie Hecimovich, Sarah Parks, Anna Boyer, Angie Pazurek, Tke Kubas

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.

Scott Owens


Dig and Release: There is NO Dig and Release this Sunday. We are gone so there is no Dig and Release this Sunday, but we will be Releasing next week (21st) in Room 105 with the (1st-4th grade class).



  • Feel free to pray over us while we are at District Blitz April 12-14



  • So for many of you adults this may seem very stupid. You spend a night eating really hot salsa. Yes it is dumb, but you would be amazed how many students get excited for this and get in line to give it a try. Death by Salsa is Wed, Apr 17th and is completely voluntary. This year the champion will get a free t-shirt and their name on the Death by Salsa Trophy!!



  • This Wed, Alongsider Jon Boyer will be speaking on finding balance in your life.
  • Wed, Apr 24th – Lizzie Lindberg will speak on getting past tragedy and finding Him.

FaithStudents 2:26

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?
Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?  James 4:1

This week I share with you an article from Tim Elmore.
‘How Adult Arguments Impact Children and What to Do’.
It’s a great read.  Click here to read more

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.

Scott Owens

Dig and Release
: We meet during the KidVenture time in our second service. This Sunday we are Digging at East, then the next week (14th) we are Releasing in Room 105 with the (1st-4th grade class).


This Wednesday is the last night to pay and your forms should be turned it.  If you need forms please contact the office at 437-7000.  Money must be paid and forms must be filled out and returned in order for you to attend District Blitz.


FaithStudents 2.25

‘God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.’ Romans 5:5b

What has been accomplished?
What is happening that we can see?

Often times in ministry these are the questions we ask and sometimes the questions we suppress. What I mean by suppress is that we know we are in it for the long-term and we don’t do ministry for the quick feeling of accomplishment. For a real-life example look at the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). The gospels show over and over that the disciples missed what Jesus was telling them.

We don’t minister to students, widows, children, immigrants and the homeless to see immediate change, but instead for long-term, real world differences being made. If you measured the disciples just at the crucifixion or even at is resurrection you maybe wouldn’t have the highest grade. However, if you graded them after they all passed away you would see a much different picture.

Proper Perspective

So we have these questions; what has been accomplished and what can we see happening? Quite a bit has happen this year:

  • We have had two tremendous retreats and our third one coming up next month in which close to 40 students we be attending.
  • We have averaged 3 new people at WNL every week and recently we have a group coming that is looking for a student ministry they can worship with.
  • We have had numerous speakers and messages that have challenged and encouraged students. this year has been a collaboration of many messages and one purpose.
  • Lastly, we have seen students hearts change and others come to know Him in the ministry.

I am not telling you all this to brag, but to know that God is working. If you watch any news or hear reports from any outlet it is easy to get discouraged and also hopeless, but those of us that work with the students have hope. We see that God is still on the throne and nothing will take that away from Him.
His hand is still working great miracles in lives.

It is easy to miss. It is easy to lose sight of it in everyday life, but it is vital that we hold onto these things and know that His love is being ‘poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit’.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.

Scott Owens

Dig and Release
: We meet during the KidVenture time in our second service. This Sunday we are Releasing in the 1st-4th grade class Room 105, next week we are Digging at East



  • April 12-14.  We have nearly 40 kids going.  What a great answer to prayer.


  • The best way to keep up with last minute news and changes is to sign up for our text app.  Text ‘@faithwnl’ to 81010.  You will never not know what is going on with WNL.

FaithStudents 2.23

‘And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.’ Acts 2:2

I’d like to talk about how students and adults worship differently…

When I was in youth group as little Scotty Owens I was annoying. I think I went to the bathroom about 14 times and I clapped off beat often (cause I had no beat at all). I would look at my friends often and wanted to get their attention so we could have a game of eye contact instead of singing.

Church was worse! I don’t know why but it seemed like every Sunday they sang ‘As the deer panteth’ and I kept thinking to myself. I don’t care why the deer panteths I just want the deer to go away so I can sit down and not have to stand. I never raised my hands, never closed my eyes and always hoped it was quick (it never was).

Right Atmosphere

Sometime between college and being 40 my love for worship and hope in worship being expressive has changed. I love to stand and sing and I do care why the deer pantethed (it pantethed for Jesus). I love excited worship, pensive worship, dance worship, but more than anything else I love to be in a room where everyone is worshiping with all their heart.

The hard thing for us to understand is why we all want to be in an excited environment of worship and yet we struggle to see it. Now to be clear, worship leaders can only take us so far, we need to bring that atmosphere of worship every time we meet together. Pastor Jonathan is speaking to the students this WNL about our worship posture and being willing to do our part in a worship atmosphere.

I’m going to ask you to reread Acts 2:2 and ask for your students to experience that once in their life…every year…often. We want to know what worship can be and bring that with us because we bring Christ with us.

  • Is it possible for adults and youth students to both be comfortable in worship on Sunday morning?
  • What is our churches normal worship posture?
  • What kind of worship experience do you hope for your students?


Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them

in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.

Scott Owens


Dig and Release apology: This last Sunday we had to cancel because Scott was gone this weekend and he didn’t find a substitute. Our hope in the future is that this doesn’t happen and we communicate it sooner. Our apologies.  RELEASE Sun 3/10 at Rm 105, DIG 3/17 at East


FaithStudents 2.22

‘Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.’ Romans 1:22-23

I’d like to talk about the British Empire and Students Attention Span…

I was recently reading an article on the upcoming Brexit Debacle and was fascinated with the long-range uncertainty from the beginning this all had. Brexit has been in the news since it was voted for over 2 years ago. we haven’t heard much about it until recently when a major vote failed and in March it will be going for vote again.

The fascinating thing about this is it all started with a red bus that said, ‘We send to the EU $350 million euros a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead.’ Don’t worry I am not getting into European politics, but Brexit all started with an image and strong claim on the side of a bus two years ago.

Scott, (you are asking) what does this have to do with students attention span??

Glory > Images

In Romans 1:22-23 Paul is not talking about worship of God over animals, but the Glory of God for Images of animals. God versus Animals is not the debate, but the debate is on the amazing glory of God.

  • Do your students know the Glory of God?
  • How do you teach them or show them the Glory of God?
  • Is it our responsibility at FaithStudents to teach and show them that?

I know as well as you do that students don’t have the best attention span, and most of the time they see an image or an advertisement and that will sink in more than what they know to be the truth. Notice the verse says that wise fools EXCHANGED the glory for images. That means that there was a tradeoff.

I want to encourage you to believe your students have believed or currently believe that God is glorious. However, some of them have lost sight of that glory with a figurative red bus and a foolishly-smart saying on it has betrayed them or maybe someday they could. Ask yourself what opened your eyes to God’s glory and what keeps it open. I challenge you to share that and we will do the best that we can at FaithStudents to share our amazement of Him too.

Our next series is on worship (Feb 27th and Mar 6th) with our worship pastor Jonathan Poindexter. I’d love for your students to come and be blown away by God’s Glory!!

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.

Scott Owens


Dig and Release weekly info: Every Sunday during the 2nd service we have Dig and Release for all students. Digging next Sunday (Mar 3rd) at East and Releasing Mar 10 at Rm 105







  • Our summer mission trip is to Rapid City, SD with YouthWorks.  There are just a few spots left.  If your student wants to be a part of this great opportunity they must submit application and $50 deposit by THIS WED, Feb 27th.  Information on the mission trip and application can be found on our website at



  • March 20 due to Spring Break

FaithStudents 2.20

‘Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him,
 “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

Hopefully you know the story of Peter walking on water and then starting to sink, but I have a quick question for you. When Peter looks back at this moment in his life do you think he looks back with joy or with frustration? I’ll give you a minute to think about this…

Fear can be gripping! Usually is.

Fear robs us of experiences, joys and fun that we can be looking forward to for years.

Fear comes upon us and most times doesn’t just leave, but can stay with us in a debilitating way. We know that our Lord Jesus Christ conquered fear from 1 John 4:18: ‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

The phrase ‘fear has to do with punishment’ gives me pause, does it give you pause too? My first thought is that fear can be its own punishment. SO, the easy question is to ask personally if our struggle with fear means love has not been perfected in us. Love from God or love towards God? Through the process of ELIMINATION, I know God’s love is not faulty and that means it is our love that is lacking if we struggle with fear, RIGHT?

Fear In Its Place

I ask this question in that way because it is important for us all to figure out if we have a tendency to live allowing fear in. As we raise our CHILDREN, they need to know how to not allow fear into their life. I love the passage in 1 John 4, but HONESTLY, I don’t use that passage to understand fear as much as I use the story in Matthew 14 with Peter walking on water.

Conquering fear allows us to do amazing things like walk to Christ on water, succumbing to fear makes us sink and drown in our worries and struggles. Both are possibilities in life and it is when we make the choice to cast fear aside that we come closer to Christ.

  • In what areas do you see your students struggle with fear?
  • How do we separate fear and failure from each other so that our students are not fearful of failure in life or in their faith?


Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.

Scott Owens


Dig and Release weekly info: Every Sunday during the 2nd service we have Dig and Release for all students 7th-12th grade. We are Releasing this Sunday (Feb 10th) in Room 105 and then we will be Digging next Sunday (Feb 17th) at East.

District Blitz
District Blitz is April 12-14 in Duluth, MN  Early Bird: $85 by March 13

Summer Mission Trip
Join us on a summer mission trip to Rapid City, SD to serve with Youthworks Ministries.  July 14-20, 2019  More information to come.

FaithStudents 2.19

And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.Luke 13:30 

I loved ‘Boy meets World’! Great show. Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter were the first example of friendship and having your best friends back that I can remember and then when I started dating I think I just assumed that I was Cory and she was Topanga and it would be fine. Naive I know, but maybe you can relate.  

There is one episode that I remember clearly.  it was when Cory and Topanga got their first place.  it was a dump and Cory’s parents wouldn’t help them get a better place, but wanted them to struggle through it. I can remember the episode and the quaint nice ending after 30 minutes of sitcom drama. I think back to my own dump and living through that. Do you remember your first place? Do you remember the not good moments? Do you remember the not great relationships?  

Narrow Spots Can Be a Good Thing 

I remember the worst place Carrie and I lived in…the worst relationship I ever had and the lowest point in my relationship with God. I remember me at my worst and I know that God knows what that looks like as well. He doesn’t choose to see me as that believer, but He still knows it. I, as well, remember my lowest for good reason. It is not out of shame or guilt, but out of necessity to know how costly grace is and how good God is.  

  • Do you share your struggles with your student?  
  • Do you celebrate conquering horrible moments or at the least the turning of the corner? 
  • How do you let tough moments not be the weight that brings you down, but instead it becomes the valley you crossed? 

Coming up at WNL we will be talking about the narrow spots on a journey and how we have to be careful in where we step.  it’s good to rely on others and trust in the map. Narrow spots can be good, because they keep our minds moving forward and focused on why we are on this path.  

I think the part families and you, as parents, play is how we look back and how we move forward. We do well at this in sports, school and even relationships, but I think we struggle with this in faith. I’m not amazing at this, but it’s not about being perfect it’s about engaging. So, I encourage you to engage. 

 Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them  in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.   

Scott Owens 

Dig and Release weekly info: Every Sunday during the 2nd service we have Dig and Release for all students 7th-12th grade. We are Digging this Sunday (Feb 3rd) at East and then we will be Releasing again Sunday (Feb 10th) in Room 105.