Bursting The Bubble Of The Christian Sub-Culture

By: Mark Etheridge When you walk into a Christian bookstore, you’ve probably noticed all of the “Christian” merchandise the store offers. Perhaps you were even surprised at what all they did offer. As you make your way up and down the aisles, you will notice a variety of t-shirts, CDs, books, bumper stickers, or even some “testamints.” It’s really the Christian hub for any good Christian who wants to separate himself from the world and demonstrate to his lost friends that he is a “real” or “sold out” follower of Christ. Or is it? Many of the things I’ve listed … Continue reading Bursting The Bubble Of The Christian Sub-Culture

Ground Zero Training Event with Marty Von

Below is information about a counseling conference from my friend, Reba Bowman. I highly encourage anyone in ministry to try to attend this conference if possible to acquire some practical training from some proven counselors. I also would encourage you to consider bringing a few team members that help you in your specific ministry to the conference to get training.  For several years pastors, youth pastors, missionaries, and many others in leadership positions among the church have been discussing the growing need for biblical counselors. There are many among the local body of believers who need help as they navigate … Continue reading Ground Zero Training Event with Marty Von

4 Things Parents should Model in front of their kids

Ephesians 6:4 says, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Paul tells the church to not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and encouragement of the Lord. All discipline will fail, and all encouragement with no discipline will fail. You have to have balance. I think all of us in here want to do this, but how? Practically, how can we raise our kids in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? Illustration: We all have memories of our childhood and … Continue reading 4 Things Parents should Model in front of their kids

Tips On Planning Your Next Retreat

We have a spring retreat coming up in our student ministry. I love retreats, and I try to plan them regularly. I want to share some tips that I have learned on how to make your retreat successful. I hope for you to comment and share some ideas as well for me to use to make our retreats more effective. Keep it as cheap as possible– Now, the retreat itself needs to be done at a high level, but the cost needs to stay cheap. I love keeping things as cheap as possible so that I know any student can … Continue reading Tips On Planning Your Next Retreat

Free Parent Guide to Cyberbullying

One issue that is prevalent in today’s youth culture is the issue of cyberbullying. There has always been bullies. When I was growing up, there were bullies in our school. The bullies are not new, the means to bullying are new. For instance, on sites such as ask.fm, you can anonymously ask bullying questions. Many times, you can make statements on there that is bullying. The best part for teenagers is that they can remain anonymous. I have come across statements such as this: * Who is the ugliest girl in your class * What are the top 10 prettiest … Continue reading Free Parent Guide to Cyberbullying

Thursday Small Group Leader Reminders

Small Group Leaders, I just want all small group leaders to know that you were on my mind this morning (in a non-awkward way) so I figured that I would write a quick post to you. Here are 4 simple things that you must do each week to make sure that your small group has an opportunity to reach its potential: Pray for your students– if you are not actively praying for your students, it will show in the way that you minister to them. Students can pick up on a leader who genuinely cares for them, and they also … Continue reading Thursday Small Group Leader Reminders

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