Student Ministry

Getting in the way of ministry

“What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?”
 Jethro gave his son-in-law Moses some great advice.  Jethro arrives on the scene and find Moses sitting and listening to disputes among the people.  From morning till night he was a judge, a mediator, and not getting much done because he was only focused on that task. (Deut 18)  Moses was meant to be a leader,…

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Ministry Team

Leadership Labratories

Maximizing Your Summer Mission Trip as a Leadership Lab By Andy Lawrenson February 28, 2017 In 2015, we took our first overseas mission trip to the island of Eleuthera. Our students willingly did everything that we asked them to do, and we considered the trip to be a great success. Soon afterward, I picked up the idea of leadership laboratories at a LeaderTreks Refuel Retreat. I learned that our mission trip could be more than an opportunity for students to…

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Busy Busy Busy

Busy, I get it. Conversations with parents and students keep pointing and taking us to the conclusion that students and families are super busy and perhaps even operating on an overload.  So as student ministries we see this affect and impact our momentum.  It’s hard to grow a church when the members show up once a month for worship.  It’s hard to grow a student ministry when students show up once a month.  Attendance has such a big influence on…

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The Secret to Recruiting Volunteers

My latest blog post for LeaderTreks The struggle is real when it comes to recruiting youth ministry volunteers. At some point, most of us have felt like we’ve tried everything only to have nothing work.Our list of frustrations looks something like this: I’ve asked, and no one has expressed interest. Everyone is too busy to volunteer their time to work with students. Our church just isn’t excited about what’s happening in the youth ministry. We don’t have any young people…

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Our Team Values

Last Saturday our student ministry volunteer team gathered together for several hours with two goals in mind: 1.  Have fun together 2.  Come up with our team values We met early afternoon in a vacation rental that had a movie theater room and game room in the house.  We spent the majority of our time together in the game room having fun together.  After we ate supper we moved up to the living room by the fireplace and took some…

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The “Catch All”. Learning to say “No”

Every home has a “catch all” place.  It may be a desk, table, top of a dresser, a drawer, a place where stuff gets dropped.  Some of those things have a place they should go but the person doing the placing is too lazy to take the extra moment to put the item in its proper place.  Some items we just aren’t sure where to put it so we put it in the “catch all” place.  If you don’t have…

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Pursuit

Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:21 We all, except the laziest of humans, pursue something in life. The wisdom found in Proverbs tells us what to pursue. When we pursue something, that pursuit is in hopes of a certain result. I pursued Misha in college with hopes of a date. I pursued education in hopes of a graduate degree. I pursued the ice cream truck, you get the picture. Whoever means anyone…

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A Three Step Discipleship Roadmap

At some point this month, you likely found yourself evaluating the old year and planning for the year ahead. And like me, you probably pondered, “Where are we at, and where are we headed?” For my part, I’m somewhat frustrated that we have fewer students than in past seasons, but I’m excited that we do have a great student to leader ratio. And rather than enter the New Year with complaints, I’m headed into 2017 saying, “These are the students…

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No Retreat!

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:12 We cannot back down. We are in a battle for the  souls and lives of these students God has given to us to serve.  They aren’t perfect, they struggle, they can be apathetic, they can be on fire for God, they can be a baby…

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