Blog Series

6 Ways to Better Engage Your Students in Small Group

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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 -> equipping -> keeping small group leaders. Everything about small groups is hard work, but I hope this…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: Transition Where You Are

November 18, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
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So you decided to take the plunge and transition out of student ministry? Great! God is going to do some great things in you and through you as you move into this new phase of your life. Yet, there’s an issue. In order to leave student ministry, you have to leave your church, which means you’ll have to uproot your family to start this new position. Just thinking about moving makes me…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: Age Matters

November 10, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
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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 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: What I Wish I Did More of

July 1, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
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In all honesty, I never planned to write this post. However, after thinking about my previous two posts (click here and here) and the dialogue that was taking place, I decided writing about “what I wish I did more of” would be a great way to finish out this mini-series. Leaving student ministry has given me some time to reflect on it as a whole, and like every minister out there, you…    read more 

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

June 8, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
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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 

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

June 3, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
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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 

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 

The Inner Battle: Overcoming the Frustrations of Youth Ministry

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I am a fairly upbeat guy for the most part, but I remember a particular Wednesday evening when I came home really bummed out. It was homecoming week at our local high school, so most of our students were at the school dodgeball tournament instead of at youth group. Most of my adult leaders hadn’t shown up either, and my sermon had fallen very flat. After youth group, I went to an…    read more 

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: Lock-Ins Part 1

February 4, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    

Lock-ins, they are inevitable. As much as I try to walk away from them, and swear an oath before God and man I will not do it again, I somehow manage to find one scheduled on my calendar. Lock-ins are a true baptism by fire for youth pastors, and truthfully, we’re never really the same afterwards. Yet, after a few years of trial and error, I’ve figured out the secret to lock-ins,…    read more 

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