What’s the best gift your church can give a student?

What’s the best gift your church can give a student?

By Ted Lowe Chances are if you are reading this, you not only love kids, you have devoted much of your life to them. Whether your heart leans more toward babies, elementary age, middle schoolers or high schoolers, you get how important it is to invest into the next generation. So, I have a question for you—what’s the best gift you and your church can give a kid? Incredible children’s spaces with live animals? Hologram teachers? Epic waterslides that land children in the age appropriate... Read More
Making the Orange Transition

Making the Orange Transition

By Tom Fox One of the exhilarating tasks of any leader is navigating change and transition. I’ve had the privilege over my 20 years of ministry experience leading several churches and ministries through a strategic change that has resulted in growth and a renewed focus on families. Recently my move landed me in a great church located in the rolling hills and horse farms of central Florida. Our motto is “whoever wants this generation the most will have them.” It’s not only a motto, but also a... Read More
All In

All In

What if we could reach more students in our towns… by asking them to participate, not just observe? by asking them to be a part, not just asking them to be quiet and listen? by telling them we need their help, not just telling them to come back next week? Instead of merely hoping that more students will hear about the love of God, what if we summoned more of them to experience God’s love in action? What if we invited students to be a part of the incredible experience that Jesus spoke about:... Read More
Handling Tragedies

Handling Tragedies

You don’t have to be a student pastor for very long before you bump into a number of unexpected and difficult circumstances. Tragedies of disease, drug or alcohol overdose, or suicide happen to and directly affect the students in our ministries. So how do we help the students face personal or community tragedy? Dealing with the emotional intensity of a tragedy in a group setting is a very difficult task and can vary from case to case. I understand. I’ve been there. In my youth ministry... Read More
Embrace Unique

Embrace Unique

I promise…every small group you lead will be different. Even if you lead the same group of kids or teenagers, next year they will be different. (It’s called growing older!) Small group leaders need enough structure to help their group gain forward motion but enough freedom to allow small group leaders to create the right kind of environment for the students they lead. A few years back one of our high school small group leaders brought me a small group covenant for me to check out that she... Read More