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

Characteristics Of Prospective Youth Leaders

Every leader understands the importance of recruiting and developing volunteers. It is not rocket science, but so few do this the right way. Why? I believe we recruit people, but not always the right people. Part of being a good leader is not only recruiting people, it is recruiting the right people. So, if we … Continue reading Characteristics Of Prospective Youth Leaders

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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Next Chapter in our Story

Balancing Family and Ministry

Your family always should come before your youth ministry! Yes, we believe this, and we hear it taught all of the time, but are we living this out? That is another question in and of itself. I thought that I was living it out, and doing a good job at it, but over the past … Continue reading Balancing Family and Ministry