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 … Continue reading 4 Things Parents should Model in front of their kids

[Freebie Friday] Youth Leader Training Resources

My friends over at youthmin.org have provided great free resources for you to use in your student ministry. As we have come through summer and have kicked off the new school year, a new year of student ministry has kicked off! With this comes youth leader training! Do you ever wonder about material to train … Continue reading [Freebie Friday] Youth Leader Training Resources

[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 … Continue reading [Guest Post] 3 Things Ministry Internships will teach you

Guest Post: 3 Things that don’t matter to your students & 3 that do

Great Guest post today that challenged me tremendously by Geoff Stewart on 3 things that don't matter to your students and 3 things that do matter to them: Recently I have been reminded about a painful truth about ministry life and the pastor sub-culture that each of us is a part of whether we like … Continue reading Guest Post: 3 Things that don’t matter to your students & 3 that do

10 Conversation starters for small group leaders

Have you ever sat down with your small group, and struggled to get the conversation to where you felt it needed to be? Now, it is fairly easy to discuss sports and other things. That is important, and do not undervalue that, because those type of conversations do build relationships that should lead into more … Continue reading 10 Conversation starters for small group leaders

5 Simple thoughts on Influence

Our pastoral staff had the privilege of going to a pastor's conference in Gatlinburg, TN last week. It was the Timothy Barnabas conference with Dr. Johnny Hunt. This is a great conference, and I highly encourage you to try to attend if at all possible. He gave some great thoughts on influencing others that I … Continue reading 5 Simple thoughts on Influence

7 Ways to connect with your small group students

Do you ever feel like you are not connecting with your small group students? Sometimes, I can hang with some students, and suddenly feel so disconnected to them, and feel that our relationship is not healthy or strong. How can we build stronger relationships and connect more deeply with the students in our small groups? … Continue reading 7 Ways to connect with your small group students