Know Your Students

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 […]

Know Show Grow

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 […]

The Frustrating Student…

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 […]

Thoughts From A Youth Worker Training

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 […]

What’s Next?

Wow… an embarrassingly long amount of time has past since my last post. My plate has been rather full this semester and I definitely felt it! For the past couple of months a question has been on my mind: “What’s Next?” Let me try to explain what I mean… Every student in our student ministry, […]

Second-Hand Vacation

Imagine you have a friend that spends a month vacationing in the Caribbean, or climbing through the Alps, or whatever else you can think of. Then imagine they meet you for lunch and show you pictures, tell you stories, and really build it up as the best thing you could ever do. What would you […]

Involve – We learn by doing

This is the final post on four words that I think we should be mindful of in Student Ministry. We have discussed the importance of our Walk, Love, and Challenge. Today I would like to discuss the importance of Involving students in ministry. We have probably all heard the saying that we should show them […]

Challenge – Challenge our students to not be content

A month ago we began looking at four words to challenge us as we minister to the students God has placed in our care. The first word we looked at was “Walk” followed by “Love.” Today I want us to consider the responsibility we have to “Challenge” our students. I tell our Youth Workers on […]