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Student Ministry Strategy

New Adventure

For the past few years I have been praying about my next 15 years in ministry.  I have several areas I’m passionate about:1. My Savior and Lord Jesus Christ This passion is fulfilled each and every day by my God, spending time with Him in His Word and prayer and watching Him at work in my life and the lives of those around me. 2. My wife and my children, my familyI am so thankful to God for the family…

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New Site Coming Soon

I’m excited about the opportunity I have with Faith in Focus Speaker’s Bureau and looking forward to helping churches build teams.  My website is getting a major overhaul and soon we will reveal and launch a brand new look. I have been blogging since 2007 and my blog theaddyouthpastor.com will soon be merged with my new site. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will check back soon to see the sites brand new look and blog posts. Lots…

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The House that Personality Built

Everything is going great.  The student ministry is growing, students are getting involved.  Adults are getting excited about student ministry and joining the volunteer team.  The youth pastor is stoked about how well things are going.    Each week he is knocking it out of the park when he teaches.  Daily he is making contacts with students.  His social media posts are killing it.  The presentation slides and graphics he is preparing each week are really capturing attention during his talks.  …

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Youth Volunteers

I’m Getting Refueled

I have been to the big national conferences. They were fun, I learned some stuff. But Refuel Retreat has been a totally different experience. If you get $$ to go to conferences or continuing ed I strongly urge you to check this out. Here’s why: As youth pastor you are the point person, in the lead, the buck stops here, in your church’s youth ministry. We cannot lead on empty. Big ballrooms full of free giveaways from youth ministry corporations…

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Student Missions

My Mission Trip Experience

I just returned last week from the island of Eleuthera.  On the island there is a Christian sports camp, Camp Bahamas.  Camp Bahamas is reaching Bahamian youth with the love of Jesus Christ and the gospel.  The nation of the Bahamas is in what I would call a dangerous position.  Last year seventy-five percent of all child-births were to singe moms.  75%!!  Sixty-five percent of the nation is under the age of 25.  I look at those two stats and…

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Student Leadership

Your Summer Ministry Checklist

Welcome to summer, everyone! For most of us, summer is a super busy season filled with camps, mission trips, amusement park days, retreats, service projects….the list goes on. We love these events, but they require a huge time investment on top of our normal planning and weekly programming. With all the busyness that comes with this wonderful season of sunshine and pool parties, let’s make sure we don’t forget what’s most important. Read more of my recent blog post for…

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Church Ministry

Distractions

I find it so easy to get sidetracked.  I sit down to the computer to do write a message for student church then I find myself ten minutes later reading an article about manatees and the Florida Everglades.  How does this happen?  It is so easy to lose focus in life.  We are being bombarded with distractions.

 I have found, in my past 25 years of church leadership, that Christians (self included) can get sidetracked and lose focus of what…

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Student Ministry Strategist

Life is Hard

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12 Romans 12 is a great chapter full of what I would call a “to do” list. You should read it. Life is not easy. It doesn’t take long living this life to realize we will have times that hard. Sometimes it is our own fault and the result of decisions we have made. There are consequences to our actions and choices. Sometimes life is hard…

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Student Missions

When tragedy strengthens your team

We are so focused on ministering to students we can tend to forget to minister to our awesome volunteers on our team.

Here are some suggestions when you have a team member experience tragedy or loss, hard times. Pray.  Don’t make prayer the last resort but make prayer your first priority.  Pray and ask God to give strength, peace, healing to the one who is suffering.  Don’t just say, “I’ll pray for you.” but pray with the person.  Great encouragement can…

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Youth Ministry Strategy

The Holidays. What do you do with them?

We are heading into the holiday season.  I know, not Christmas, but April, May and June bring a few special Sundays.  We have Easter this weekend.  Mother’s Day is on May 14.  Memorial Day weekend Sunday, May 28.  Father’s Day is June 18.
 Our approach to these holidays shows that we value family.

Students are busier now than they ever have been.  Families are constantly on the go.  While I don’t think this busyness is healthy I realize that we as…

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