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Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: What I Don’t Miss About Student Ministry

June 8, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

In my last post, I wrote about the features of student ministry that I miss dearly. In this post, however, I wanted to write about what I don’t miss. Like I mentioned previously, when God calls you out of student ministry, you go through a grieving process. Yet at the same time, you are flooded with feelings of joy, because you realize there are things you will never, ever have to do…    read more 

Creative Summer Discipleship Ideas by Tyson Herald

June 3, 2015    
Tyson Herald    
youth ministry summer discipleship

I have a love/hate relationship with summer. I love the warmth, students being out school, vacations, summer trips, camps and numerous ​opportunities to be with students I love more than usual. I hate the fact that it’s so short and goes by so fast. After years in ministry though I’m thoroughly convinced of one thing about the summer​: The work you put into building relationships during the summer earns you the right…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: What I Miss About Student Ministry

June 3, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

When I knew God was calling me out of student ministry, I already knew there were going to be features of student ministry that I was going to miss. Now that I’m six months into my associate pastor position, those features have only been confirmed. Truth be told, however, the features of student ministry we are going to miss can be used as a temptation to make us stay. When God calls…    read more 

The Inner Battle: Dealing with Difficult Parents

June 1, 2015    
Keith Parker    
inner battle youth ministry

If you’ve been a Youth Minister for more than 3 minutes, the title of this post probably resonated with you. Anytime you are dealing with students of any age, you are going to encounter some tough parents along the way. It’s a foregone conclusion in youth ministry that parents can sometimes be your biggest fans and supporters, and sometimes they can be the source of the most stress. When it comes to “difficult”…    read more 

I Have Summer Interns Now What ?

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This summer, you might be like our ministry and offer a summer internship. We are allowing three students to intern for the summer with our student ministry. All three of our student interns are involved and strong leaders in our ministry. Two of our summer interns are juniors, and we have one senior from high school. I wanted to give some quick tips to making sure you create a great summer experience…    read more 

The Summer Sweet Spot

Summer Sweet Spot Youth Ministry Family

Summers in the youth ministry world are hard. No matter how great your programming was for the Fall and Spring, students with extra time, the break from school activities, and family summer vacations demand a big change in your ministry programming. In my ministry context, a transition to summer means the loss of our college small group leaders, the halting of our children’s ministry midweek program, and students going in and out…    read more 

Discipleship in the Summer (from a smaller church perspective)

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It always seems like a common set of questions within the Youthmin.org Facebook group. “Does your youth group meet over the Summer?” “What do you do over the Summer with your group?” “How often does your youth group meet over the Summer?” These questions always get the same answers from me. Yes, my group meets over the summer. We meet at the exact same times and places (for the most part) that…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry

May 18, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

There comes a time in every youth pastor’s life when they ask themselves, “Is it time to leave student ministry?” Sometimes this question is prompted by serving at a bad church, doing a lock-in, or when you’ve eaten pizza every night of the week. Yet, there are times when the question is prompted while the church is good, students are growing, and life couldn’t get any better. I imagine we all go…    read more 

The Inner Battle: Overcoming Apathetic Students

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Having been a Youth Minister for over 15 years now, I think I have probably heard every excuse in the book for why a student wouldn’t be attending youth group or a summer trip. “I have sports.” “I have band.” “I have homework.” “My mom doesn’t want to drive me.” “It just doesn’t seem like fun.” “I was asleep.” “It’s just not deep enough for me.” “________________ will be there and that…    read more 

23 Articles You Should Read About Pornography (Plus Some Resources)

Let us be honest. Porn is killing us as a society. Porn alienates us from others. Porn ruins marriages. Porn also funds the modern day slave trade in the sex industry. It is the cancer that is running rampant in our world and in our churches and no one is talking about it. You don’t even have to be a Christian to see that porn is crippling us. So we need to do something about…    read more