A while back I posted that our goal as Student Ministry Staff should be to assess where each student is and help them take the necessary step to get to the next step in their spiritual walk. We should be asking, “What’s Next?” We’re simply pointing them in the right direction, equipping them to take […]
Central’s Student Ministry Staff strives to equip students to follow Jesus and develop into committed Christians as they navigate the teenage years into adulthood. We do that through teaching, discipling, and building relationships. Knowing a student’s name is only the first step to building relationships with our students that foster discipleship. We show them we […]
Oh, they know… They know we don’t know them, but they also know when we are really trying to learn their name. Then they rejoice with us when we finally remember their name.
Nothing says, “I’m glad you’re here” like greeting a student with: “hey… uh… buddy!” Is there a difference between knowing a student’s name and recognizing their face? Which one communicates “you’re valued, appreciated, and I’m glad you’re here”? I’m glad God knows my name… “But now thus says the Lord… ‘Fear not, for I have […]
Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of why we do what we do. We’ve said before that real ministry to students is more than a bunch of warm bodies keeping kids out of the stairwells and parking lots. It’s about relationships. If all we do is show up to fill space, that’s all the students […]
It is a beautiful thing when adults in the church begin to see teenagers through the lens of Jesus. As adults, the surface level “sins” that stereotype teenagers begin to fall away like scales from our Pharisaical eyes. Instead of focusing on the way they dress, talk, and carry themselves, we begin to focus on the […]
Apparently, yesterday was my six year anniversary of the start of this blog… and today is over 4.5 months since my last blog. A few weeks ago I went to First Baptist Crystal Beach to lead their youth ministry team in a two day youth worker training with my buddy Ryan Atwood. I had an […]