Why You Need A Bigger Plan

Why You Need A Bigger Plan

We think student pastors have the best intentions when it comes to their students. In fact, we’d say every student pastor wants these basic things for every student that graduates from their care: To see God for who He is To see themselves the way God does To love others they way God loves us You might use different wording or have a few more statutes of faith you want to pack their bags with. But the point is, you love your students and want to equip them as well as you can before you move... Read More
Ways To Connect With Parents of Students

Ways To Connect With Parents of Students

Connecting with parents is hard!  Parents today are more busy than ever and they have a mindset of it’s the church’s responsibility to take care of the spiritual needs of my kid. It’s is easy for a student pastor to get overwhelmed or over ambitious on connecting with parents. So it is important to keep in mind that connecting with parents is not about taking one big step.  It’s about taking many small, intentional, and strategic steps.  It doesn’t matter if you are dealing... Read More
Camp in Reverse

Camp in Reverse

by Crystal Chiang When I was in high school, my church attended a big youth camp at the beach and it. was. awesome. I bet you’ve experienced something like that. You’ve attended or led students at an event where God seemed different, more personal to them. It’s incredible . . . for a week. But why is it that things seem so different when you return home? No matter how great the camp, it always seems the return causes a mini-culture shock. Back home, they begin to notice . . . Their band is... Read More
Parents Just Don’t Understand

Parents Just Don’t Understand

By Ben Kerns In 1989, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, also known as Will Smith, produced a song titled “Parents Just Don’t Understand”.  Obviously in this song, Fresh Prince raps about how annoying and clueless parents really are. And the more I think about it, the more I realize Will Smith was onto something with this anthem for all those angsty kids in the late 80’s. And now as someone who works with students and has to deal with parents all the time, this anthem could be just as... Read More
Strategic Service: Developing Service-Minded Hearts

Strategic Service: Developing Service-Minded Hearts

by Nina Schmidgall As leaders, it is important that we are convinced that strategic service is truly an opportunity to be shareholders in the work God is doing through the church. As long as we are simply trying to fill holes, we will miss the opportunity to maximize the gifts in people. Located in the heart of urban and transient Washington, DC, National Community Church is made up of 60 percent single young professionals moving in and out of the city at a jaw dropping pace. Our leadership... Read More