5 Essentials to Launching a Second Campus

As many of you know, my family up and moved from North Carolina 3 months ago to be a part of launching a satellite campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. You can read about the adventure and decision of going here. Well, we launched this past weekend, and it was a learning experience. This was the first time that Trinity had done this, that I or the campus pastor had been a part of this. So, it was new. Needless to say, we have learned….A LOT! I want to share with you a few essentials to having a … Continue reading 5 Essentials to Launching a Second Campus

How to Launch a Vision Night in your Student Ministry

By Mark Etheridge Perhaps you’re in a student ministry, and you sense your ministry needs more direction. I’m sure you’ve shared your heart with your students, but you’re not sure if they’re getting it, or you’re not sure how to get them more excited about what you’re doing. I would recommend doing something that I call a “Vision Night.” This night is designed to let your students what you’re all about as a ministry, and how that ministry DNA translates into real life. Here are a few tips to launch your ministry through a Vision Night: Be Prepared. This is … Continue reading How to Launch a Vision Night in your Student Ministry

Signs Your Church is Experiencing Biblical Community

Community is important and healthy. Community is important to building a healthy church. So, how do we evaluate if our members are experiencing true Biblical community? I want to share with you a few signs that you can look for to evaluate if your church members are experiencing Biblical community. Members are meeting the needs of other members – Acts chapter two gives us a great description of community. One of the key components is found in verse 45. It reads, “And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” A … Continue reading Signs Your Church is Experiencing Biblical Community

5 Reasons Groups are the Way to True Discipleship

I have grown up in a very traditional church setting. I have been to church for Sunday school, morning worship, evening worship, and evening Bible study since I was born. I know the drill, and I have been around people who know the drill as well. I recently took a new position where the structure is a bit different from what I am accustomed too. In this model, there is a Sunday morning, but small groups will  meet in homes during the week. Many church leaders bulk at this idea, and often criticize these new models of church that so … Continue reading 5 Reasons Groups are the Way to True Discipleship

5 Myths about Youth Pastors

I have been a full-time youth pastor for 7 years. I have also been a youth intern for 3 years before that. One thing that I have noticed is that youth pastors get a lot of the jokes. Some of them are pretty hilarious, but the majority of them are false. Here are the 5 greatest myths about youth pastors: Youth Pastors are on vacation when at camp and mission trips– I cannot tell you how many times I have actually taken a real vacation, and heard jokes, “weren’t you just on vacation at camp with the kids?” Look anytime … Continue reading 5 Myths about Youth Pastors

How to Plan an Effective Parent Meeting

Okay, we get it, we are supposed to connect, engage , and release parents to be the primary disciplers of their teenagers. I do not think many youth pastors would argue with the fact that this is part of our job description as youth pastors. The question is how? How do we go about becoming a family ministry. Obviously, emails, texts, and interaction works. I have found that parent meetings are effective. When I first started in youth ministry, every parent meeting that I had was strictly informative. They were short, and basically regarding youth events, nothing more. Now, I am … Continue reading How to Plan an Effective Parent Meeting