6 TIPS ON SMALL GROUPS

6 TIPS ON SMALL GROUPS

By Josh Robinson I met with some key volunteers today as we discussed how to improve in our greeting and small group ministry. We had a great conversation about the need to breakdown any hindrances for students to be open to sharing life. Many times students do not open up because they don’t feel they can trust others. As we talked about how to build small groups that lead to transformed lives, we have to keep the vision in front of the adult volunteers and students Here are some small group... Read More
Decision Making in Youth Ministry

Decision Making in Youth Ministry

By Jeremy Zach “Don’t fight the problem, decide it.” – George C. Marshall “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt Making decisions is a vital part of being an effective youth pastor. I think the biggest thing that hinders people from making decisions is fear of failure, fear of success, and fear of rejection. If youth pastors make the wrong decision we have parents, senior leadership, students, and... Read More
Five Roadblocks That Prevent Parent Partnership

Five Roadblocks That Prevent Parent Partnership

A few years ago, the XP3 team sat down with a few influential student pastors.  In one of our creative meetings, we asked two  questions: (1)  What are the roadblocks that prevent student pastors from partnering with parents? (2)  How can we overcome these roadblocks? After wrestling with these two questions for a few hours here is what we came up with: Roadblock #1:  Disengaged Parents Ways to overcome: –  Encourage and equip small group leaders to communicate and connect with parents... Read More
Volunteers Put The Relational In Relational Ministry

Volunteers Put The Relational In Relational Ministry

By Ben Kerns Every youth worker I know affirms the high value of relational ministry.  We all know that programs aren’t what matter most to students, and play an even less important role in the spiritual formation of students.  The most significant growth and depth almost always results when godly adults pour their lives into students.  I bet most of us vocational youth workers got into this gig because we love students and we want them to grow closer to Christ, and couldn’t believe that there... Read More
3 Components To An Effective Leader’s Meeting

3 Components To An Effective Leader’s Meeting

By Ben Kerns Every week before youth group we have a half hour leader’s meeting for our volunteer youth staff. This is, by far, the most important meeting of my week. It is an opportunity for our entire staff to touch base before we jump into another night of student ministry. Over the years these meetings have taken on many different looks. But as I continue to reflect on how to make that time a win for everyone, I have landed on my three most important components to an effective leader’s... Read More