Why Grad School Is Important In Ministry

By: Andrew Hale To study or not to study? Completing formal seminary training is one of the constant pressures on the priority list of pastors today. Is it worth the money, time and effort? Can’t I just study theology on my own? I’m sure you can find many Godly, successful pastors who have never attended graduate school (such as Matt Chandler).  However, are these pastors the exception to the rule? It’s hard to know. At the very least, you have to consider the advantages of seminary training before making your final decision. Grad School Develops Your approach to Ministry Theological … Continue reading Why Grad School Is Important In Ministry

Guest Post: Why Young Adult (College) Ministry

Below is a guest post from David Sheldon on “Why young adult ministry?” Its Sunday morning, you have just arrived at church and are now seated in the sanctuary, and you begin to look around at all the people. You see a lot of people talking and having a great time but you begin to notice something. There are a ton of older adults, quite a few teenagers, and even a good number of younger married couples with  their kids. But where are the college students? Where are the young adults who have recently graduated college? And then you see … Continue reading Guest Post: Why Young Adult (College) Ministry

Guest Post by Josh Griffin: Bloom Where You’re Planted

Below is an original guest post from my friend, Josh Griffin. “These were some of the most powerful words ever said to me. It came at a time when I was looking around in frustration at my ministry, my eyes were wandering for more and I was always wishing for a bigger crowd in a sexier ministry. How selfish, naive and sad. God had called me to my church, but my brokenness inside was already thinking about next and more and bigger. A couple of thoughts if you find yourself uneasy with your ministry today: God has called you here for TODAY … Continue reading Guest Post by Josh Griffin: Bloom Where You’re Planted

Reasons You Should Do See You At The Pole

Check out this sweet guest post from Colton Harker about “See you at the Pole.” “As some of you know, this Wednesday was the annual event, See You at the Pole. SYATP (See You at the Pole) is a national day of prayer, where students come to school early to pray and worship together at their flagpole. Our ministry made a huge push for it this year and it turned out to be a huge win! I would promote SYATP to any youth group and here are a few reasons why: unification. This event is geared towards uniting the Body of … Continue reading Reasons You Should Do See You At The Pole

Guest Post: 3 Ways Youth Pastors Can Get Refreshed

Burnout is no good. We’ve all been there at one point or another, and it’s no fun. Maybe you’re there right now? Worn out, just-gotta-survive, doing ministry because that’s what needs to get done that week? Doing ministry out of an overflowing heart rocks. I hope you’ve been there, too. That place where you honestly can’t get enough of who God is, what He is doing in this moment, and what he is going to do in the future. So what do you do when things aren’t going great, or you just aren’t “feeling it”? Our walk with the Lord … Continue reading Guest Post: 3 Ways Youth Pastors Can Get Refreshed

Great Leaders Are First Terrific Followers

This is a guest post on leadership that my friend, Adam Jones has written! I hope that this is a challenge to you: Following is where we learn patience, grace and compassion.  It’s where we learn to hold our tongue and listen, where we learn which hills are worth dying on and which are not.  Following teaches us to submit our will to someone who is ultimately wiser and more gifted than we are. Without first learning to serve and follow, we will never be able to lead with empathy and understanding.  There’s a great chance that we’ll begin to lead … Continue reading Great Leaders Are First Terrific Followers

Guest Post: How to Make a New Student or Outcast Feel Welcomed at Youth Group

Here is a guest post from Justin Knowles. I asked him to write on this specific subject, because my heart is that every student comes and feels loved and welcomed. Justin Knowles is the High School Ministry Weekend Coordinator at Saddleback Church. You can check out his blog at http://justinknowlesblog.com and his Twitter at @justinknowles3   Making someone in your youth ministry who is new or considered an “outcast’ is something that is a key issue to be aware of when it comes to your services. For a new student, it can determine whether or not they are going to come back … Continue reading Guest Post: How to Make a New Student or Outcast Feel Welcomed at Youth Group