7 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Parent Meeting

As I talk with other student pastors, I find that one of the most frustrating things in student ministry is leading a successful parent meeting. The reasons that this is difficult and frustrating are varied. Parents do not attend the meetings Parents seem to be bored when they attend I cannot seem to engage parents with small group leaders What do I do at a parent meeting? Because of these reasons, many student pastors never really connect with many parents in their student ministry because of their struggle in hosting effective parent meetings. Here is what we must remember, parent … Continue reading 7 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Parent Meeting

3 Things I Plan To Do Now That Seminary Is Over!

Well, this past weekend was a milestone in my life. I graduated with my M.Div degree in Pastoral Studies over the weekend. I never thought that I would get a degree beyond a four-year degree, but with a bit of encouragement from some close friends, I started the process five years ago, and now am DONE! As I returned home, I was reminded about several things that I said that I would do when I was done with seminary. Yikes. I (seriously) am going to hold myself to those promises?? I have put these things off, and now that I … Continue reading 3 Things I Plan To Do Now That Seminary Is Over!

Practical Ways to Connect with Parents in Student Ministry

By: Mark Etheridge The more I’m a part of student ministry; the more I realize the need to connect with the parents of my students. The emphasis on working with parents in student ministry is a recent trend, and I believe it is both healthy and biblical. When it comes to parent ministry, I believe there are two major objectives: Informing and Equipping. But then question that arises, “What does this look like in actual ministry?” This is a question I’ve wrestled with as a student pastor, and I would like to provide a few ways to help you connect … Continue reading Practical Ways to Connect with Parents in Student Ministry

5 Regrets I Have From My Years in Youth Ministry

As you know, my position has changed and evolved quite a bit over the last 2 months. I accepted a family pastor position after serving as a student pastor for 7 years. This was a very difficult decision. It was tough for my wife and I, but we are confident that this was the plan that God had for us. Now that I am technically somewhat out of the traditional “youth pastor” position, I look back over the last 7 years, and wish that I could do things a bit differently. Experience helps you so much. The longer you serve, … Continue reading 5 Regrets I Have From My Years in Youth Ministry

Next Chapter in our Story

4 years ago, my wife and I began our short journey from Asheboro, NC to Winston Salem, NC to serve as the student pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church. I had just come out of a difficult church situation, and my wife and I were loving life together just the two of us. It was a much larger church and operation than what I was accustomed to so it took me some time to adjust. Over the four years of serving Union Grove, we found more than a job. We found a home and a family. This is in fact … Continue reading Next Chapter in our Story