How to start out in Vocational Student Ministry

I began reading the book this past weekend, “Life in student ministry” by Tim Schmoyer. Tim is the founder of which is an incredible resource for student pastors to use. They provide helpful articles, blog posts, and freebies that can be a huge training tool or resource for you to use in your student ministry. It has got my mind a racing, and I wanted to share a quick excerpt from his book from the chapter, “starting a youth ministry.” Bottom line, pick up his book TODAY! It is worth it. You can purchase it here.

How to start out in vocational student ministry:

1. Pray

2. Study the Word

3. Set boundaries

4. Talk with your supervisor regularly

5. Invest in volunteers

6. Spend time with your teens, not your office

7. Don’t change everything right away

8. Keep your motives in check

9. Be transparent

10. Stay in shape

This is just a taste of what you see in his book.

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at

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