Discipleship

Skipping a Step in Making Disciples

There’s a constant agitating thought that occurs every time I think about youth ministry. It’s a thought that every youth pastor is plagued by. There are so many Christians in this world, but very few are disciples. I see a lot of students accepting Christ, but it seems like very few are taking the next step towards discipleship. Sometimes I feel like Elijah, looking around for leaders that are furthering the cause…    read more 

Don’t Let Your Student Ministry Be A Birdfeeder

October 31, 2016    
Brent Aiken    
ministry birdfeeder

Biblical Training? Relationships? or Something Else? As we all know, discipleship is a term that has been used in the church and ministry for a really long time now, but I have discovered during my time in ministry that it comes in all shapes and sizes. One of these moments happened last night for me when we were getting ready for our evening youth activities. Most of our students had already arrived…    read more 

Developing a Killer Series for Your Youth Ministry

DevelopingKillerSeries

I remember sitting down in my office for the first time as a full-time Youth Minister.  The books were all placed carefully on the shelf, my pictures and paintings were hung, and my office supplies sat expectantly on my pristine new desk. I leaned back in my chair and thought, “Now what?” I wasn’t sure what to do, where to start, or how to shape this youth ministry I was now leading….    read more 

Three friends every youth pastor should have.

Every Tuesday morning, before the staff at our campus begins the day, my campus pastor calls the staff into the lobby for what he calls “Pastries With The Pastor.” He supplies donuts and other sweet treats and we spend the first 15 minutes of our day sharing highs and lows of ministry and praying for one another. Occasionally he will share a short devotional or thought for us to think about for the week….    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: Age Matters

November 10, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

You’ve heard it said. I’ve heard it said. It’s been said to you. We’ve asked it ourselves every now and then. Even search teams talk about it. The million dollar question that makes every youth pastor want to roll their eyes –  “Aren’t you a little old to be a youth pastor?” For some odd reason this question seems to get asked more than once when you hit your thirties. Like you,…    read more 

The Inner Battle: Balancing Family and Ministry

September 15, 2015    
Keith Parker    
inner battle youth ministry

“Daddy!” My 5-year old boy Matthew came running, arms wide open, plowing into my legs at Mach 3 to welcome me home for the evening. He had experienced his first day of kindergarten, and was eager to tell me about all the amazing things he had done and new friends he had made. Sounds like a perfect picture, right? Unfortunately, it wasn’t, because as I had pulled into the driveway, a parent…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: The Question You Need to Ask Yourself

August 1, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

Our calling into the ministry is not set in stone. God may have us serve in a specific position for a various amount of time, or he may call us out of ministry all together. Either way, we do ourselves a disservice when we call ourselves “lifers” in student ministry as we begin the race. Truth be told, God determines when we serve, where we serve, and in what capacity we serve….    read more 

Summer Discipleship in Transition

Summer Discipleship 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 post I want to focus on the other, more important area of summer discipleship. In my context of 100+…    read more 

A Midsummer Night’s Discipleship Tips

July 6, 2015    
Brian Lucas    
Discipleship Summer Youth Ministry

Help, it’s halfway through summer and I don’t know what I’m gonna do!!! If that’s you, here are some thoughts on going deeper with students through summer. Remember: disciples must follow. Summer is a great time to dig into discipleship, but remember, with any personal or spiritual growth that happens, you have to let them do their own work. With discipleship, this means they have to be doing the work of allowing…    read more