Leaders: Make Sure Your Students Know These 5 Things

Small group leaders are essential to effective student ministry. As the ministry grows, the youth pastor begins to rely more and more heavily on small group leaders. Students naturally want to open up, but it takes time and relationship building from their small group leader. For the students to experience the most growth, they must know several things about their relationship with you as the small group leader. Students must know that they can trust you…You will not get a student to open up about themselves if they do not feel that they can trust you. This is something that … Continue reading Leaders: Make Sure Your Students Know These 5 Things

Making the “Stand Out” and the “Sit back” Students a Part of Your Student Ministry

It is easy to make the “stand out” students a huge part of your ministry, because they do just that, they stand out. What about those quiet students who do not stand out in the crowd, but rather quietly attends? Are either more important? No, both are important and both should be a part of your student ministry. How can we do that? Treat every student the same– Now, obviously, some students respond to different relationship styles differently, but every student at the core should be treated the same. I am not saying talk about the same stuff with every … Continue reading Making the “Stand Out” and the “Sit back” Students a Part of Your Student Ministry

5 “Old Fashioned” parenting tips it wouldnt hurt to get back too

As society changes, many things change. Culture changes, the church and its methods change, styles change, fads change, and one thing that does change is the way the majority of the parent’s parent their teenager. Parents seem to go through cycles just like culture, and they change and adapt to the culture. I want to give you a few “old-fashioned” parenting tips today that I think it would not hurt if we went back too. I was parented in a very conservative old-fashioned way, and many other families held to some of these principles, and I want to give you … Continue reading 5 “Old Fashioned” parenting tips it wouldnt hurt to get back too

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: 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

Featured Resource: Parents, “Are you Listening?”

Parents, I want to challenge and encourage you to check out this great resource! I have shared a couple of videos from this resource before on the blog, but have not had this as a featured resource before. I feel that this should be a featured resource. The resource that I bring before you today is called, “Are you Listening?” It is a youtube channel directed by “A Source for Parents.” This resource provides parents with questions that teenagers have, and they are answered from adults and teenagers from a teen’s perspective. You have to check it out. You can … Continue reading Featured Resource: Parents, “Are you Listening?”

[Guest Post] 3 Things Ministry Internships will teach you

I asked Mark Etheridge, our summer intern for the past 2 summers to write a short blog post on internships and what they teach you. You can connect further with Mark below: Twitter Blog “My name is Mark Etheridge and I’ve had the opportunity to be a Student Ministry Intern under Josh for the second straight summer. I can honestly say that interning has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and one of the most beneficial components to my ministry preparation. Here I would like to share a few thoughts about what to expect when you start … Continue reading [Guest Post] 3 Things Ministry Internships will teach you