Recently, our church hosted a missions conference. I have been to many missions conference over my years in church, but this one seemed to be unlike any other. I have been to a lot of good ones, but this one seemed to spark action and thought in my heart. It got me thinking about what I want to be known for, and what I would love for our student ministry to be known for. I want to share a few things that I came up. Be known for the Gospel– I want the Gospel to be at the center of … Continue reading What is your Student Ministry Known for?
One of the primary responsibilities of being a youth pastor is teaching. We teach a lot, and must develop our speaking. I have grown to love studying and teaching as much now than ever before. I do not consider myself a great speaker, but I am trying to improve my speaking to be the most effective for the Gospel’s sake that I possibly can be. Here are 5 things that I am learning about the sermons that I preach: Your sermons must be Passionate– Are you passionate about what you are speaking about? If not, do not expect … Continue reading 5 Things about your Sermons
One of the best books that I have read recently is “Stop asking Jesus into your heart” by Pastor J.D. Greear. This book tackles the difficult doctrine of “assurance of Salvation.” Many Christians struggle with this concept, because we put so much pressure on us and our feelings when the pressure of our Salvation rests on Jesus, and what He has done and been for us. This book challenges each believer to look beyond your feelings, and rest on the promises of God for your Salvation! I believe in the concepts of this book, and believe in its theology! That … Continue reading Book Giveaway- “Stop Asking Jesus into your Heart” by J.D. Greear
Well, another year has come and gone, and now is the time to refocus ourselves on our mission. God has been challenging me over the last 8 months to define our student ministry a different way. Usually, when we discuss a church or ministry, we define the ministry with terms such as contemporary, traditional, conservative, liberal, dead, old, happy, or progressive. I understand that pretty much all churches stylistically fall under these categories, but when people describe our ministry this year, I do not want them to describe it necessarily with these terms. I have felt led to transition our student ministry … Continue reading 4 Words That Should Describe Your Student Ministry
Below is a 5 minute video that may help you in sharing the Gospel this Christmas season or anytime with your students. I wish that I had of found it sooner to share it with you. I hope that this helps you in reaching your students: Continue reading Video to Share the Gospel with Students
Below is a free lesson that Mark Etheridge is giving away free on his blog. You need to check this out: One thing I really enjoy about blogging is the fact that I can give away FREE stuff! So, here’s a free resource that I have put together. It is a lesson on justification, one of the most vital parts of our faith as Christians. God’s been teaching me a lot about this subject, and how important it is for me as someone who believes in Jesus. The audience this was originally written for is college students, however, I believe … Continue reading Free Lesson on Justification with video and teaching script
A few days ago, a conversation came up with developing Gospel centered people. We had a guest speaker, Doug Hodges speak at our church this past Sunday, and we were discussing this topic with him in the church office. How can we reach the world? Well, you start by being Gospel centered. So, what does this look like? I feel like if we are going to reach our world, we must be Gospel centered. If you are going to reach your community, be Gospel centered, and you must teach your students and leaders to do this as well. How? Doug … Continue reading Gospel Centered Student Ministry