Reasons for Youth Pastors to Consider Seminary

After years of putting this off, and having a good friend of mine (**cough** Andy Hale **cough**) beg and plead with me about the importance of going to seminary, I finally decided to apply in seminary. Look, I hated school growing up, and college was no exception. I enjoyed college a tad better than high school, but I just did not like school. So, I never thought that I would see the day when I would enroll in seminary, and actually enjoy it. I am about a year away now from graduating with my masters degree, and I actually have … Continue reading Reasons for Youth Pastors to Consider Seminary

Resolving Conflict Between Parents/Teens About College Choice

Here is a quick video that is on youtube about conflict between a student and parent about which college the student should attend. This video is brought to you by “The source for Parents.” I felt that this was appropriate considering most are planning for college. I hope that this video will be a help to parents and students who have conflict with the other about choosing a college: [Question]: How are you working with your student or parent on choosing a college? Thoughts… Continue reading Resolving Conflict Between Parents/Teens About College Choice

4 Thoughts to keep students in church after graduation

I blogged a while back about keeping students in church after graduation. You can check it out here. Last week, the topic of discussion from our youth pastor fellowship was about transitioning into the student ministry and out of the student ministry. We discussed several ideas, and it seems that we can boil down to 4 things that we can do to help keep students in church after graduation: Ownership– This came up quite frequently in our discussion. Students want ownership. They want to feel a part. Every student is seeking acceptance, and owning a ministry or job in a … Continue reading 4 Thoughts to keep students in church after graduation

3 Reasons Students are leaving the church after graduation

The title to this blog post is no secret to student ministry. I have heard a statistic as high of 80% of students are leaving the church within 2 years after they graduate high school. I used to think that was an over exaggerated statistic, but as I look into our church, it is not that far off. It is actually pretty accurate. Okay, maybe a little. I would say 70% are leaving the church within 2 years after graduation. We see this statistic, and it begs the question, WHY? Why are they leaving? I wrote a post a while back on … Continue reading 3 Reasons Students are leaving the church after graduation