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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 ->…

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Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: Age Matters

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…

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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…