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

4 Levels of Events in Student Ministry

By: Mark Etheridge When it comes to events in student ministry, it can be a challenge to plan and structure a purpose for what you want to accomplish. When you’re driving in a car, it’s not enough to know where you’re going, but you also have to know how you’re going to get there. I hope to provide a grid that will help you develop a roadmap for events in your student ministry. This grid was first introduced to me by one of my college professors, Dr. Richard Brown, a youth ministry professor at Liberty University, and I have adapted … Continue reading 4 Levels of Events in Student Ministry

Ground Zero Training Event with Marty Von

Below is information about a counseling conference from my friend, Reba Bowman. I highly encourage anyone in ministry to try to attend this conference if possible to acquire some practical training from some proven counselors. I also would encourage you to consider bringing a few team members that help you in your specific ministry to the conference to get training.  For several years pastors, youth pastors, missionaries, and many others in leadership positions among the church have been discussing the growing need for biblical counselors. There are many among the local body of believers who need help as they navigate … Continue reading Ground Zero Training Event with Marty Von

3 Ways to Minimize Burnout in Ministry

By: Andrew Hale The statistics are clear – churches are closing their doors and ministers are being sidelined at an overwhelming pace. Ministry can be frustrating and tends to wear on the mind and body. Once this feeling of failure begins to overwhelm, the end result of burnout is sure to follow. Burnout comes from a variety of sources, many of which are avoidable. Whether you are new to ministry or you have been serving for years, you have to make effective adjustments in your walk to minimize the risk of burning out. There are many ways to strengthen your … Continue reading 3 Ways to Minimize Burnout in Ministry

The 5 Greatest Challenges of Kids Ministry

By: Jordan Ledwell It’s easy to discuss overcoming challenges when surveying other ministries, but it is much more difficult to look at your church in the mirror and diagnose what every church struggles with in relation to kid’s ministry.  This list is definitely not exhaustive, nor is it a checklist for a perfect kid’s ministry, but it is a collection of questions we can ask ourselves that will help Kid’s Pastors and volunteers find common ground.  Many times when we hear other people share their weaknesses, it brings to light our own difficulties and allows us to move past them … Continue reading The 5 Greatest Challenges of Kids Ministry