7 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Parent Meeting

As I talk with other student pastors, I find that one of the most frustrating things in student ministry is leading a successful parent meeting. The reasons that this is difficult and frustrating are varied. Parents do not attend the meetings Parents seem to be bored when they attend I cannot seem to engage parents … Continue reading 7 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Parent Meeting

Tips on Searching for a Youth Pastor Position

By: David Sheldon I believe that every person should do something that they love, and for me, that’s being a youth pastor. As a youth pastor, I work with some of the most incredible teens on the planet and love every minute of it. Well, most minutes of it. Sure, it involves a lot of … Continue reading Tips on Searching for a Youth Pastor Position

5 Regrets I Have From My Years in Youth Ministry

As you know, my position has changed and evolved quite a bit over the last 2 months. I accepted a family pastor position after serving as a student pastor for 7 years. This was a very difficult decision. It was tough for my wife and I, but we are confident that this was the plan … Continue reading 5 Regrets I Have From My Years in Youth Ministry

Poll: How Far Out is Your Student Ministry Calendar Planned Out For

I am a planner. I enjoy planning ahead. I was thinking this morning about the youth ministry calendar, and wondering how far out do other youth pastors plan their calendar out for.

Thoughts on becoming the youth pastor at your home church

When I graduated Bible College, I became the youth pastor at my home church. I grew up in the church since I was 5 years of age, and now as a 21-year-old young man who just graduated from Bible College, I would become the youth pastor at that church.  This happens regularly, and I want … Continue reading Thoughts on becoming the youth pastor at your home church

Ways to get students to pay more attention during your sermon

When you speak, you notice so much. I can speak and see students texting, laughing, doodling on paper, and then the ones who are bored out of their mind. We see so much. Well, we can complain about how they are not right with God if they are not willing to pay attention, or we … Continue reading Ways to get students to pay more attention during your sermon

5 Things Every Volunteer Needs from His Youth Pastor

One thing that I am seeking at improving this year is volunteer involvement. I feel like we push student led youth groups so much that volunteers get left in the middle, and feeling a bit disconnected in some ways. Here are 5 things that every volunteer needs from his student pastor that I have learned … Continue reading 5 Things Every Volunteer Needs from His Youth Pastor