Best Practices for Using Social Media to Communicate with Teens

Best Practices for Using Social Media to Communicate with Teens

by Elle Campbell Okay, I have a little quiz for you. Check all that apply. Do you . . . Minister to teenagers? Minister to parents of teenagers? Minister to children who will eventually become teenagers? Have teenagers volunteering on your team? If any of those things apply to you, then you need to know how to leverage social media to connect with teenagers. I recently did a series on my blog about using social media effectively in ministry. I asked my readers and friends in ministry to submit... Read More
Equipping New Small Group Leaders

Equipping New Small Group Leaders

by Jennifer McMillian Congratulations! You’ve recruited some new volunteers that you are really excited about. They understand the importance of relational ministry and seem eager to invest in the lives of students. But now what? How do you actually equip them for the task ahead? Initial Training: Whether you launch a group of new leaders all at once or introduce them to students one at a time throughout the year, make sure that before they ever stand in front of a group of students, you have... Read More
Your Student Ministry Christmas Wish List

Your Student Ministry Christmas Wish List

Has your youth ministry been naughty or nice? My assumption is your youth ministry has been nice unless you-the beloved student pastor has been mean to your senior pastor or children’s pastor. Since it is Christmas time it is time to ask for stuff for your student ministry. That is correct.  Make a youth ministry wishlist like you would a Christmas gift list. So get a sheet of paper, a (color)pencil/pen/marker, all your parent/church email addresses, and 3-5 key students/adult volunteers... Read More
Leader’s Heart

Leader’s Heart

by Tom Shefchunas Leadership is a complicated thing. I often get chances to speak at conferences for student ministers. I love to do them. I love to share ideas and learn from everybody. And, because I run a large ministry with many volunteers I often get questions about leading volunteers. In fact, I can’t remember a conference where I wasn’t asked about them. Furthermore, I can’t remember a conference where I wasn’t asked this specific question that gets to my point. Here it is. “What are... Read More
Why Music Matters In Your Student Ministry Environment

Why Music Matters In Your Student Ministry Environment

By Steve Underwood Remember that awkward party you attended? No, no, not that one. The other one. No, the other one. Yeah, that one. The party that a friend-of-a-friend invited you to, and then that same friend-of-a-friend said, “Hey, broooo, I’ll meet you there,” instead of riding there with you, which meant you now had to enter the party alone. (Obviously, now a former friend-of-a-friend.) Once you arrived you realized you didn’t know anyone. You learned it was Sushi Saturday and, clearly,... Read More