Austin is currently the student pastor at Courtney Baptist Church in Yadkinville, NC. He just finished his Bachelors degree from Piedmont International University in Christian Ministries with a focus on student ministries and pastor studies. He is now working on his Master’s of Arts in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Austin has written material that has been on various student ministry blogs and websites. He is engaged to Crystal Garofalo and plans to get married on August 5th! Connect with Austin on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.
“Student pastors want to be successful. We want to be successful as leaders and we want our student ministries to be successful as well. If that is the case, how do we measure that success? For many in the student ministry world, success is measured by attendance. How big your student ministry is determines if you are successful or not. Or maybe it is number of salvations. The numbers of students getting saved determines if you are successful or not. I could go on and on with many different factors that many of us use to determine our success in student ministry. These things are not bad and are certainly things that give you a look at how you’re doing, but they are not always the best ways to determine your success in my opinion. I think there are three ways to measure success in student ministry that often get overlooked.
1. Faithfulness. I believe if there is a single word that could measure your success it is faithfulness. Have you been faithful to the task God has placed before you. You may never see your student ministry grow numerically, you may only see a few students, and may never have students commit to full-time ministry. That’s ok! The results are God’s responsibility, not yours. God doesn’t require you to produce certain results, He requires you to be faithful. Do you want to be truly successful in student ministry? Be faithful!”
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