WORSHIP THIS MORNING was a praise to God’s glory and a testimony of His faithfulness. Following the tremendous leadership of Danny James and the continual success of Drum Strum Hum, our platform was full of young people in various stages of development and discipleship.

New comers such as Luke Bergrab, Ian Harding, Karen Kitchen, Noah Turner (sound) and Caleb Haynes, joined our worship team just this year.  Several of them came through the Drum Strum Hum program. 

Others such as Taryn Harding and Sadie Haynes have been devoted to the GBYouth worship ministry for a few years now.  In addition to their instruments, all of these students are learning technical proficiencies that are state of the art, such as multi-track, on-song digital music interface, in-ear click-track and cue, and digital board/sound management. 

Others yet, Brynn Sammons and Will Sewell have graduated out and serve in campus ministries and churches off at college. All of our development and discipleship launches them forward with passionate readiness to serve for wherever God leads. 


The platform today presented this entire spectrum of development. And it was just wonderful thing to behold. 



Photo credits: Misty Kitchens




As part of GBYouth's Senior Exit, we are launching a new small group for high school juniors and seniors.

Life’s biggest questions are being asked all around you. Are you hearing the questions? Are you ready for the conversation?

Everyday Questions is RZIM’s new, video-driven, small group curriculum designed to equip young Christians for engaging gospel conversations. Students will learn how to respond to people around them who are searching for answers.

Collaboratively developed with input from the senior pastor of a growing evangelical church, Everyday Questions will prepare students to faithfully love their neighbors and share the gospel in today’s complex and ever-changing world. 


MAR 19 - MAY 21
7 - 9P
Coffee & desserts provided.

The Haynes' residence
125 Willow Lake Drive, Leesburg.


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GBYouth is raising financial support for Sydney & Hayden Locke and the McNair family who lost their home and car to a devastating fire on February 18. There are three ways that you can give support:

(1.) Purchase gift cards to retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target where the family can begin replenishing clothing and household necessities. 

(2.) You can also contribute directly online to their GoFundMe account to do the same: https://www.gofundme.com/sydney-lockes-family-house-fire

(3.) Pray for them as they engage the long process of rebuilding their home.

Thank you so much for supporting this sweet family!




Brian Puckett and family.

Brian Puckett and family.

Brian Puckett: our 2018 DNow guest speaker.

We are so excited to have Brian Puckett come speak both nights at our 2018 DNow.  Brian is a friend of the Gillionville family having preached and led worship a number of times over the years.  He is true to the Word, preaching with a warm and engaging style that our students enjoy.  His ministry passion is discipleship, hands down.  This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to catch up with Brian to share some breakfast, talk about student ministry and our upcoming DNow.  The following is gleaned from our conversation:

BRIAN'S FAVORITES (because you should know for the Pop Quiz):
FOOD - (pointing to these Pearly's) Buttermilk biscuits.
TEAM - Georgia Bulldogs (I knew I liked this guy).
PLACE TO VACATION - Daytona Beach.
FAVORITE HOBBY - Guitar, reading & farming.

Brian grew up in a dysfunctional, non-Christian home. “My first church experience was a Vacation Bible School in 6th grade and that’s when (for a season) we started going to church as a family.” Brian prayed to receive The LORD later in 7th grade, but by that time his family had stopped attending. “I prayed to receive Jesus, but had no way to get back to church. Someone gave me a Bible, but I really didn’t know what to do with it; how to read it.  So I was just kind of stuck.” And Brian was stuck for next several years until, as a Junior in high school, he began to really walk with the LORD. “I struggled with all the temptations that high schoolers struggle with. But in 11th grade, I was singing with the youth worship team, and there was this one particular song surrounding Psalm 139 that really gripped me. In that Psalm the writer asks, ‘where shall I go from your Spirit? Where shall I flee from your presence?’ I was convicted and repented of my sin and took ownership of my relationship with the LORD.  At that point, I could drive myself to church.  I became involved and began to grow in the LORD.”

Brian has served in Collegiate Ministries with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board for four years, as the campus minister at Albany State and Georgia Southwestern State University. Prior to college ministry, Brian worked for eight years in Youth Ministry, most recently at First Baptist Church in Ty Ty, Georgia. While serving there, he was also a volunteer campus minister at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Brian holds a master of divinity degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. 

“Introducing a food challenge--and trying to be cool--I ate a live worm on stage in front of my students.  I gagged.  That thing was movin' all the way down and I almost threw up.”

“DNow is valuable in that it gives you a focused weekend—that is, time out of your normal routine—where you are with the people closest to you; you can be vulnerable.  And it is that combination, it’s really the perfect recipe of time, opportunity and place for God to work in your life.  Over the years I have seen a lot of people saved—some even called into the ministry—at experiences like DNow.”


National Champions: Bigger Than the Moment

National Champions: Bigger Than the Moment

By: Amy Haynes

As an alumnus of the University of Georgia, I was elated to have my team in the National Championships and was equally crushed when we lost (and even more devastated to realize 1980 was 37 years ago—I remember the Coke bottles and am pretty sure a few people I know still have a couple).  We were SO CLOSE!  But as I replayed Tua Tagovailoa’s first comments after winning and Jake Fromm’s words following the Rose Bowl victory, I realized something was happening that is way bigger than the National Championship Game.  THERE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO LOVE CHRIST AND ARE NOT ASHAMED TO LIVE OUT THEIR FAITH.  

So often, we hear statistics about how kids leave the church once they graduate from high school and we look around and see the state of our culture; and, if we aren’t careful, we can become cynical and pessimistic.  While the statistics are probably true, and the culture is certainly not Christian, I am here to tell you that we have an amazing group of young people who love the Lord and who are willing to do hard things to live lives that tell His story.  As a youth ministry worker, homeschool mom and classical education tutor, I work and live with some of these remarkable people every day.  Celebrity culture, reality TV and virtual relationships have become iconic symbols of self-absorbed, lazy teens and twenty-somethings who are all dreaming about their 15 minutes of fame.  But, as Tua Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm have shown us, there is a unique group of bold Christians who, when given a microphone and an audience of millions, do not hesitate to give the glory to God and point to something much bigger than the moment.  These “true freshmen” (…if I had a nickel for every time the announcers said that…) did not hesitate to minimize the impact of their efforts and maximize the greatness of their God.

So, the most dramatic points I see in all of this are that: 1) God’s story is so much more important than any other story, and 2) those of us who love Christ and strive to live our lives for Him are not alone.  I hate to admit it, but sometimes my self-centered ego cries out to God like Elijah did, and I can think that I’m totally outnumbered and incredibly isolated.  

I’d like to encourage the Christ followers who are older—pray for our young people.  Talk to them.  Invest in them.  Encourage them.  Share the wisdom the Lord has blessed you with.  To the Christ followers who are younger, do hard things.  Be bold for the Lord.  Use the platform He has given you to bring Him glory.  For all of us, Tagovailoa’s Twitter bio is a perfect summary: “1 Corinthians 2:9  Him Before Me”.  May each of us seek His glory above all.  

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9


#NationalChampions #GoDawgs #RollTide #JakeFromm #TuaTagovailo

Study is Better Together


Study is Better Together


Hey, parents!  Did you know that Gillionville’s adult Answers in Genesis (AIG) group is actually an extension of GBYouth?

Discipleship starts at home.
Our youth ministry exists fundamentally to supplement parental discipleship.  We mean that.  We understand that the greatest influence on the spiritual shaping of the student is not the Youth Pastor (or ministry leader), but mom and dad.  The family’s day-to-day study and living of the Gospel has the most bearing on the student’s spiritual trajectory into college and career.  That is a fact, and that is why we have in place an adult group for our AIG (Sunday morning) small group study.  

Lead by Brian Tiefert, the Adult AIG group is designed to strengthen families in their devotion and study together.  In other words, moms and dads can study the exact same Answers curriculum as their teens.  When parents and children study together, they can more easily talk and live the Bible together too!

About the Curriculum.
The Answers curriculum is a three-year small group study that covers the entire Bible in Canonical order.  It is designed and written to provide answers to the issues that confront today’s culture through our media, work, peers, etc.  AIG provides a robust presentation of the authority and sufficiency of Scripture with a concerted focus on doctrine and apologetics.  AIG equips parents with the knowledge to defend the Bible and grow their families in the image of Christ.

To learn more about Answers In Genesis and their apologetics resource, please visit answersingenesis.org.  

The Adult AIG Group
Facilitator: Brian Tiefert
Sundays at 9:15A
Worship Center, Room W5

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Small groups are an essential part of GBYouth's ecclesiology, in that they provide unique opportunities to gather, learn and share in God's Word.




Gillionville’s August LAUNCH is an exciting moment on the ministry calendar.  It is a time set aside to celebrate the end of a relaxing summer and the beginning of exciting new endeavors.  The same holds true as well for our student ministry.

One of GBYouth’s ministry tenants is to train students “to be service-ready for the Kingdom.”  By this we mean that when they graduate and move on to college and career, our young people are already accustomed to serving in the local church.  With this tenant, we state our desire to shape students that will have both the experience and the expectation to serve in their future faith family.  Student service should be more than a summer mission trip abroad, or occasional community project.  It should be ongoing.  Service should be a platform for discipleship.  It should be how the church functions and grows.

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…
— PAUL, Romans 12.4-6a

This fall, GBYouth is excited to launch a new discipleship initiative called Everyone Serving Everywhere (ESE). ESE is a very simple idea; provide opportunities for students to serve according to their individual personality, passion and skillset.  This is how we are doing it: First, we spent time studying the composition and function of the church (i.e. 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12).  Second, we are surveying all of our students, capturing their personality types, unique interests and abilities.  Finally, from the collected data, we are recruiting students to serve in the great myriad of roles that makes our ministry function and thrive.

Our student surveys crafted to capture our students' personalities, passions and skillsets.

Everyone Serving Everywhere is not a program.  It is also not for a season.  It is the way forward for our student ministry.  It will become an essential part of our discipleship.  It will be a visible part of—an onramp to—GBYouth’s leader and teacher development.  We ask that you pray with us as we launch this new endeavor.  We pray that God will use our students’ gifts to build up one another as He builds His church!


Service is a vital part of the GBYouth ministry.  Being on mission with Christ is the natural outworking of following Christ. (James 2.18).



PHOTO CREDITS: Maggie Cannady.


Events are a part of GBYouth's missiology, in that they provide unique opportunities to invite friends to enjoy with us in the fellowship of The LORD.  (1 John 1.3-4)

13 Reasons Why: A Response

13 Reasons Why: A Response

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.  
— Paul, Colossians 2.8 NIV

Paul suggests three things in this warning to Colossae.  First, he indicates that these philosophies by nature are deceptive.  That is, they can come to us appearing as or promising one thing while altogether being something else.  Additionally, he writes that these are powerful ideas that can capture our thinking—significantly altering our view of the world.  Ultimately, Paul is careful to stipulate that he is talking about ideas that are manufactured by the world and are contrary to Christ.  All three of these qualities are present in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.  This television drama indeed transmits a deceptive philosophy, contrary to Christ with the potential to take its audience captive.

Philosophy that takes us captive.
The most significant transmission of modern philosophy is through the arts.  Our modern day philosophers are our musicians, artists, actors and authors.  Every song, novel, painting or script transmits with it a particular idea or way of viewing the world—that is the artist’s idea or way of viewing the world.  Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias observes that this particular deployment of philosophy, “does not feel the constraint of reason or come under the binding structures of argument. It finds its refuge in the imagination and feeling. Ways of thinking at this level may enter one’s consciousness via a play or a novel, or touch the imagination through visual media, making belief-altering impact by capturing the emotions. It is immensely effective, and literature, drama, and music have historically molded the soul of a nation far more than solid reasoning has." (1)  That idea, when inserted into melody or narrative— that idea, when packaged with emotion, becomes especially compelling and memorable.  Zacharias asserts that it has the power not only to sway the thinking of a person, but an entire generation and culture.  Art makes ideas sticky.

Art makes ideas sticky.

These ideas are not only sticky, as Paul warns in his letter, they can also be dangerous.  Ideas are especially dangerous when their primary audience is our adolescents.  This is an audience that is just beginning to construct its worldview.  It is an audience that is just beginning to ponder the purpose and meaning of life, relationship and sexuality.  It is an audience whose brain (that is constructing that worldview) is still under development itself.

“Dangerous” is a word that continues to emerge in the reviews of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.  In both faith-based and secular circles, critics are writing with grave concern particularly for the series’ treatment of the themes of sexual abuse (rape) and suicide—both of which are graphically portrayed.  Some are even calling Netflix to pull the series from its video library for fear that its intense “trigger points” may cause a rash of harm among our teenagers. Dr. Harold Koplewicz said Friday to TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie: “This show should be pulled off the air immediately.” (2)

This show should be pulled off the air immediately.
— Dr. Harold Koplewicz, on TODAY

A philosophy that is hollow and deceptive.
What makes 13 Reasons Why especially dangerous are the voices who are championing it as a vehicle for “awareness” and a platform for “conversation.”  The executive producer Selena Gomez boasts that the series is "a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story" portraying "a subject that is not easy to talk about." (3) 

Teen suicide?  "Beautifully tragic"?  What a hollow claim!  The deception here is that exposure to the violence of the dark is necessary to appreciate the virtue of the light.  Even if that were true, there is no light in the story.  There is no virtue.  There is no redemption.  There is no solution.  For Hannah Baker, the 11th grade girl who commits suicide, and all the 13 Reasons that remain, there is no hope.  It is Godless.

A philosophy that is contrary to Christ.
13 Reasons is undeniably dark.  But what we need to understand is why we are attracted to dark things.  Jesus says that we—in our sin nature—are lovers of the dark.  He said to Nicodemus, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” (John 3.19 ESV)  The attraction to this artwork is just that—an attraction to dark things.  We must come to reckon that artwork such as this satisfies the flesh’s curiosity or craving for what is violent and vile.  Ultimately, it isn’t an art problem, a philosophy or culture problem.  It is a heart problem.  It is an us problem.  The flesh desires to subscribe to what is contrary to Christ.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
— Jesus, John 3.19 ESV

We agree that healthy conversation is needed between parents and teens.  Conversation about the artwork we engage (and the ideas they deploy) needs to be fluid and ongoing.  But we don’t have to engage dark works and hollow philosophies to have that conversation.  God has already started the conversation with us—He has given us His Word.  God gives to us His truth, His philosophy—and does so artfully through the melody and narrative, poetry and prose of the Bible.  

God’s ideas are wrapped in light, not darkness.  He defines what is truly admirable and what we should champion.  As Paul writes his final thoughts to Philippi, he commends, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice." (Philippians 4.8)  These are the ideas that warrant our attention.  These are the philosophies that deserve our affections.  These are the things that we should help our teens learn and put into practice. 

We at GBYouth are glad to join you in the conversation.  Please find additional reviews and feedback below on 13 Reasons Why.  Wanna chat?  Let’s get together (parents and youth pastor) this Sunday evening at 6PM in David's Place to discuss the 13 series as well as other art and media concerns. 

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, contact the suicide prevention hotline below. 

Suicide prevention hotline.
Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat online at:

Additional reviews and feedback:


The Washington Post:

Teen Vogue:

Albert Mohler, President of the The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:

The Gospel Coalition:

Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission:

Jason Curry, Student Pastor:

Aimee Jenkins, Mom (warning-detailed review):


Plugged In Media Online:

Common Sense Media:


Family Policy Institute:

13 Reasons Why: 
A Parentnar on Media, Content and Connection
Sunday, May 7, 6P
LOCATION: GBC: David's Place, in the Youth Building



1.  Zacharias, Ravi. "Living an Apologetic Life." RZIM. Accessed May 02, 2017. http://rzim.org/just-thinking/living-an-apologetic-life/.

2. Pawlowski, A. "Psychiatrist: Netflix should remove '13 Reasons Why' immediately." TODAY.com. April 28, 2017. Accessed May 02, 2017. http://www.today.com/parents/13-reasons-why-psychiatrist-calls-netflix-pull-series-t110934?cid=sm_npd_td_fb_ma.

3. "Selena Gomez responds to '13 Reasons Why' controversy." Fox News. Accessed May 02, 2017. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/04/30/selena-gomez-responds-to-13-reasons-why-controversy.html.





A Note to Montana Parents.

We had a wonderful kick-off meeting yesterday afternoon for our Montana Mission. A few notes for moms and dads:

1. TRAVEL - 
We are researching travel options for Montana. It is most likely we will fly Albany//Atlanta//Billings then drive Billings//Poplar. Airfare is most affordable around 52 days from departure, so it may be mid May before we have our travel itinerary firmly established. We appreciate your patience.

We will provide team members with a comprehensive packing list as we get closer to departure.

- Weekly Mission Meetings.
It is mandatory that team members attend our weekly mission meetings held each Wednesday from 4:45-5:45P. These meetings are crucial to preparing our team members logistically and spiritually for the journey ahead. The meetings are also essential to the shaping of the team dynamics. Please refer to our Coming Up page at GBYouth.org/events to see all Montana activities (as well as other GBYouth activities).

- Attendance at GBYouth.  
Team members are expected to attend all GBYouth services- especially studies and small groups. This includes Sunday 9AM Small Groups, Sunday AM Corporate Worship, Sunday 5PM Bible Study with Pastor Chad, and Wednesday 6PM Common Ground. Studies and small groups are essential to the vision of both the GBYouth ministry and Gillionville Church.

- Assignments.  
Team members are to complete the journal assignments provided by the Youth Pastor. The assignments are essential in preparing the missionaries to share their testimony and present the gospel.

- Reading. 
Team members will be provided with the book Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. They are to read the entire book by departure. Team members should also read through and meditate upon Romans and John's gospel (continually) from now until departure.

I appreciate parental support in these areas. Thank you.

- Group.
Team members are expected to participate in group fundraising activities. Our first fundraiser will be a lunch on April 30. Please see the previous post below. 

- Individual.
Team members are encourage to do their own individual fundraising as well. 

Thanks to parents and grandparents for your support in our summer mission. We are very excited to see what the Lord will do in and through your teens! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

I love your hearts,