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 couple of years, I have tried to improve this idea of balancing my family and my ministry. I think it is important to recognize up front that if we are not careful, ministry will overtake your life. It will dominate your time, money, and life. … Continue reading Balancing Family and Ministry

Curriculum Review: XP3 Students

Recently I was offered to try the Orange curriculum (XP3 Students) for our student ministry! Shout out to my friend, Jeremy Zach for giving me some information about this curriculum. I had heard of their curriculum, but had never used it in the past. So, of course when offered, I accepted the offer, and begin to search the curriculum over. Our student ministry intern and I decided that it would be great to use XP3 students for the summer months. We did and decided to use the 3 week Bible studies entitled, “New Friend Request” and “The good fight.” The … Continue reading Curriculum Review: XP3 Students

How to empower your parents

The more that I am in student ministry, I realize that my ministry is not totally to the students. For years, student ministry became a ministry specifically for students, but not the parents. Now, it seems that student pastors and leaders are realizing that way of doing ministry created many problems, and is not the way that student ministry was designed to be. Student ministry is not a baby sitting service, but it is an avenue that we should be involved in to assist and partner with the parents! You are not the parent of that student, but you should … Continue reading How to empower your parents

7 Things you need to train your kids to do via Craig Groeschel

I wrote a quick book review on Craig Groeschel’s book, “Weird.” You can read my review here. In Craig’s book, he gave 7 things that we must train our kids on from God’s Word. It was dynamite, and it helped me so I wanted to share it with you: Train them to manage God’s money- Proverbs 3:9-10 Train them to carefully select friends- Proverbs 13:20/I Corinthians 15:33 Train them to watch their words- Proverbs 4:24/Luke 6:45 Train them to be responsible- Proverbs 6:6-8 Train them to guard their minds- Proverbs 23:7 Train them to be generous- Proverbs 11:25 Train them to fear … Continue reading 7 Things you need to train your kids to do via Craig Groeschel

5 Ways to have a successful student ministry this summer

If you are like me, one thing is consuming your mind over the last couple of months, SUMMER! I am always worried of students being gone, and our attendance going way down. I am worried about leaders on vacation. Also, scheduling is a nightmare it seems like. How can we have a successful student ministry during the summer? Plan a vacation with your family – Now, when I say family, I mean your immediate family. In other words, your spouse and kids. There is a major difference between spending a vacation with your extended family than your spouse and kids. … Continue reading 5 Ways to have a successful student ministry this summer