Student Ministry

Student Ministry

You Need to Refuel

Join Doug Franklin and some guy named Andy.  Seriously the best retreat for student ministers.   I have been to the big conferences, they were fun, met a lot of people, learned a few things.  Refuel Retreat is different, small, intimate, discussions around the round table with other youth ministers.  LeaderTreks is great at what they do.  You will walk away refueled and rethinking how you have been discipling students and spiritually refueled as well. Here is a link to a…

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Student Ministry

Finding Balance During the Holidays

No getting around it, the holidays are here. Life seems to be speeding up at the very time we should be slowing down to really focus on who Christmas is all about. It’s not hard to fill weeknights and weekends with our kid’s school programs and our church’s musicals, not to mention all the Christmas parties hosted by your staff, ministry team, and friends. Read more of my latest blog post for LeaderTreks HERE

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Student Ministry

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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Student Ministry

You can’t beat this deal!!

Christmas time is here and LeaderTreks has got an incredible offer for you!! Having used LeaderTreks curriculum I can tell you that what they provide is top shelf, cream of da crop.  There is some awesome resources in this bundle.  I’ve got mine!  Hurry up and get yours while the deal is hot!

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Student Ministry

Changes in the Past Ten Years

I have been working with student for 26 years. In that time there has been changes in student ministry. Obviously things have to change as technology and society/culture change, I’m  not talking about changing the gospel but how it is delivered, how ministry takes place, etc. 
It used to take a clip art book, photocopier, glue, tape to make an event poster and if you wanted it to be fancy you copied it onto colored paper.  Time changes what we…

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Student Ministry

Refuel Retreat

I got Refueled! I had a great time of retreat last week in Destin Florida with LeaderTreks at their Refuel Retreat. This was my third Refuel Retreat and each time I have attended a Refuel I have learned so much and returned back home and to the church refueled and ready to go. 

What did I get out of Refuel?
 
Rest. I was able to spend some extra time simply resting without having responsibility on me other than learning. I’ll…

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Changing how we do what we do

Part 2 of 3 part series.  You can find part 1 HERE In my last blog post I wrote about the changes in our kids lives due to the arrival of the iPhone in 2007. I posed the thought that student ministry isn’t like it used to be and doing student ministry the old way is not going to work with this and future generations. I’m not saying these things to be Negative Ned. I’m saying these things because we…

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Discipleship

Youth Group No Longer Fills the Social Need

Part 1 of 3. I remember when I was in jr. high I lived for our youth group’s weekend events. I would go to every possible one. Roller skating? I was in. Camping? I was in. Lock Ins? I was in. 
Every Wednesday night I would go to youth group. I did this all the way through my high school years until I graduated. I loved the fun that youth group brought. I loved just hanging out with my friends…

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discipleship

The Relationship Reminder

Yesterday I was reminded about the key to student ministry. The key is relationships. 
One of our volunteers leads a small group of middle school girls and she also has two young ladies from the group she is personally in discipling. She has invested time, not just on Sunday evenings at youth but also outside of our youth group time. We had our church picnic yesterday and this volunteer came to me with one of the young girls she is…

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Student Discipleship

The 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 truly…

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