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