The Importance of Giving Students a Ride



Have you ever been dead tired from an event, and as you return to the church, each student gets picked up except for a few that beg you for a ride home? Yeah, it can be frustrating at times, but sometimes the rides taking these students home are the most productive and effective times that we have had together. I want to give you a few thoughts on why it is important to take students home.



  • Taking students home show them that you care– This may be the sole reason that they open up more  than ever during the ride home, because it is a gesture of kindness and care demonstrated from you to them. 
  • Taking students home may be the only reason students can come– Have you had those students who did not have the family backing to bring them and pick them up so their attendance is based on you or another youth leader to get them and take them home. Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture of the reason that they need the Gospel, and the only reason for them to hear the Gospel again is if you take the time to pick them up and take them home.
  • Taking students home is an opportunity for discipleship– Try and change your perspective on taking students home. Instead of thinking about being in the comfy confides of your home relaxing, think about the discipleship and accountability that can be taking place with some of your students.
  • Taking students home is an opportunity to build a further relationship with the parents– Get in the home, and try to connect further with the parents! It could be an opportunity to reach the families as well, depending on if the family has already been reached.

Just to clarify though for Youth Pastors: Some families take advantage of you, and the fact that you are willing to give them a ride. Be careful that you do not allow people to do this in the midst of trying to love them by giving students a ride.

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

6 thoughts on “The Importance of Giving Students a Ride

  1. I appreciate your thoughts here. Traveling with youth can offer some great opportunities for relationship-building. I would offer just one caveat: If we practice responsible boundaries between adults and teens in ministry, we shouldn’t travel alone anywhere with one of our youth. At the least, there should be another person with you — either another teen or preferably another adult. Peace!

  2. Great thoughts Josh! I always enjoy taking my students home and having them ride with me. It’s always a great opportunity to build a deeper relationship with them outside of the youth room.


    1. Agreed Austin! It is important to do this, and not just complain about it, because we do not know the lasting impact on the 20 minutes that we give to run them home or pick them up.

  3. So true! Many of the students who went on to be key leaders in our ministry were those my wife and I spent time with outside of ministry. Giving rides and opening up your life allows you to minister to students, but it also let’s them in on your “normal” life. I love tearing down those walls so that we can just be real with one another. Great post!

    1. Ray, I agree man. The ones who are impacted the most are impacted in a lot of ways by the time that you spend with them. Some of this time is found when you take them up or pick them up.

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