Student Ministry and Divorce: It’s an issue
08 July 2014
“Everyone is ministering to students of divorced families. No one is doing it well.” Doug Fields When I first heard that statement it struck a chord in me. At first I thought, “Wow that was pretty bold.” The very next moment though I began to..
Student Ministry #fail: Begging for Volunteers
03 July 2014
You know you’ve done this before. The mission trip is in one week and your adult to student ratio is dangerously high. So, you do what any youth minister who forgot to hustle months before does: you make the general announcement. Now general announcements aren’t..
Ministerial Intelligence Part Four: The People
02 July 2014
Today, we wrap up our little series on what I like to call Ministerial Intelligence. To recap: Ministerial Intelligence involves three key ministry arenas: 1) THE PLACE: The ability to understand and navigate the nuances of your particular organization. 2) THE PRACTICES: Proficiency at the various..
Student Ministry #fail: Trying to be the Pastor
01 July 2014
“I love it when you preach!” “I wish our pastor had as much passion as you do.” “When are you going to be a senior pastor?” “You’ve got such great ideas! Our church could use them!” Maybe you’ve been on the receiving end on some..
Are You Batman or Robin?
23 June 2014
When it comes to impacting teenagers for Christ, who’s the superhero and who’s the sidekick? Well, both Christian and secular researchers say you’re Robin and your students’ parents are Batman. I mean that parents who are only doing a mediocre job of impacting their kids’..