Get Connected- Weekly Grove Parent Newsletter

Good Monday morning Parents, I hope that you are doing well. I apologize for not getting this newsletter out on Friday, but I am just getting around to sending it out. Let me say a huge “thank you” to all who came out to the Parent Night. That was awesome, and I appreciate your participation and involvement. Parent Resource: Modesty is so difficult in today’s culture, and it has gotten worse and worse. I saw this article about modesty and guidelines on modesty, and felt like I would share that with our parents so that they can have an idea … Continue reading Get Connected- Weekly Grove Parent Newsletter

Things I want Every Student to Know

Here are a few things that I want all of my students to graduate out of our youth group knowing: Students should have a good knowledge of the Bible– I want my students to have an understanding of most of the Bible. They should know the Gospel, they should know theology, they should know how the Bible should relate to themselves.  Students should know how to have a personal relationship with Jesus- Hopefully, they have seen this modeled in my life as their leader, but also in their home as well as their small group leader. I want every student … Continue reading Things I want Every Student to Know

5 Apps Every Parent Should be Aware of

                  I was helping a friend of mine move into their house the other day, and we had to take the legs off of their couch, because they would not fit through the door. Someone pulled out their phone to use their flashlight, but the joke was “do you have an app for taking the legs off of the couch.” (You had to have been there, I guess). Apps are a part of our culture. When apps first started getting popular, they were only on a few phones. Now, most phones, tablets, … Continue reading 5 Apps Every Parent Should be Aware of

Dealing with Disrespect in Student Ministry

Have you ever felt disrespected in student ministry? Oh you haven’t? Well, then you are a liar. Disrespect is something that goes with the territory of being in student ministry. By the way, if you think I think all skateboarders are disrespectful because of the photo, you are correct. Just kidding, I cannot stay on a skateboard to save my life so I actually respect them. n a perfect world, disrespect wouldn’t happen, but remember, we live in a fallen world so disrespect is a heart issue that our students have. When it happens though, how do we handle this? This is something that … Continue reading Dealing with Disrespect in Student Ministry

5 Things to Help Your Students Stay Committed for Events

Have you ever felt so encouraged by a large amount of students signing up for events, but then when the event finally arrives, only half of them show up? You go from super encouraged to super discouraged in the matter of minutes! Why does this happen? Well, first of all, it seems that the commitment level has changed drastically not just for youth ministry events, but for life in general. It is difficult to get families to commit to things, but when you are planning a youth event, you need commitment  Here are a few ways to get your students to follow through … Continue reading 5 Things to Help Your Students Stay Committed for Events

[Guest Post] Manners: A Vital Part of our Student Ministry Curriculum

“One of the most important aspects to a balanced and thriving student ministry is having an intentional scope and sequence to your curriculum.  We must be intentional with what we teach and to use the limited amount of time we have with our students well.  And while many of you are thoughtful about your teaching and are biblically deep, contextually astute, and clever as all get out, there might be one significant area that gets left out. I am sure that you would agree that our culture is getting more and more coarse.  Students are increasingly self-absorbed and rude.  Maybe the … Continue reading [Guest Post] Manners: A Vital Part of our Student Ministry Curriculum

Things to Remember When Speaking to Students

I have been speaking regularly to students for 8 years. I have definitely come a long way. I remember starting out feeling that I had to be this deep theologian, and for some reason I taught so deep, nothing was happening in the students’ lives. Then, I went into a vague sort of phrase where I was talking about how the people in the Bible responded to life, but never made it directly practical to how a student should respond in life. I have learned so much in my short tenure of speaking to students. Now, I do not claim … Continue reading Things to Remember When Speaking to Students