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6 Ways to Better Engage Your Students in Small Group

I believe in students connecting in small group environments. Small groups have always been a cornerstone of every ministry I have been a part of and their environments consume about 60% of my entire workload. It is hard work to create -> maintain -> encourage small groups and it is just as hard finding ->…

Summer Discipleship Transition

Summer Discipleship in Transition

In my last post, we talked through the toughness of the summer schedule in the youth ministry world and how crucial it is for each of us to find the “Summer Sweet Spot” for our summer ministry plans. That post was aimed at the woes of the programming world in which we operate, but in this…

Why you shouldn’t finish your sermon in Youth Ministry

If you’re like me, when you prepare a lesson for youth group, Sunday School, small group, or any other of your youth meetings, you like to have it be as clear and understandable as possible. We never want our students to go home more confused than when they arrived – that would just make us…

5 Reasons Your Ministry Needs Women Leaders

Your youth ministry needs women leaders.  Before we start arguing the theology of women in ministry, I want you to hear me out:  The purpose of this post is not to advocate for ordained women, or women pastors, or to argue the Pauline view of women. The purpose of this post is to convince you…

A Letter to Adult Volunteers

Dear Adult Volunteer, You are valuable in our student ministry. We believe you are the heartbeat of the student ministry. We believe you will make an eternal impact on this generation. Jesus trusted and empowered his disciples and the early church leaders (Acts 2:42-47). In the same way, we trust you to fulfill a role…

Youthmin Roundtable #1

Once or twice a week, the contributors of Youthmin.org get together and talk about blogging, Youth Ministry, and life, and we have grown to love this online network of Youth Pastors. We decided to start recording a section of it while discussing topics brought up in the Facebook Community we have. Last night was the…

Small Groups: Forming Youth Ministry Small Groups

Small groups are essential for a healthy ministry. They foster relationships between students, which produces a community that can grow together in Christ, and they foster relationships between students and adults, which  We all understand the more small groups we have, the better. Our job as student ministers is to encourage these groups of community,…

Small Groups: Training your leaders

In my opinion, the best way for us to train small group leaders is to intentionally train them. Let’s throw back to 1999 and pull out our WWJD bracelets. Got it out? Good! Now, let’s ask the question: How would Jesus train small group leaders? We don’t need to look much further than the first…