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Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry

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…

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The Inner Battle: Overcoming Apathetic Students

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…

Wisdom for Rookie Youth Pastors: Lock-Ins Part 1

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…

Intern 101: Hiring an Intern

Mentoring and pouring into an intern can be one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of youth ministry. As I write this post, I find myself preparing for my eight intern during my 13-year tenure at Hazelwood Christian church.  I absolutely love the opportunity to invest in students and future ministry leaders, and I…

Part-Time Youth Pastor, Full-Time Hero: Final Thoughts

If you have followed this series in its entirety, then I’m sure you’ve come to the conclusion that part-time student ministry is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work that will make you question yourself multiple times a day; yet at the same time, it will be the most refining work you…