Taking A Break: Navigating Summer in Your Youth Ministry

Taking A Break: Navigating Summer in Your Youth Ministry

To meet or not to meet. That is the question so many youth ministries are facing over the summer. Do we keep chugging along doing business as usual so that we don’t lose momentum? Or do we take a break from the norm and do something different in order to build momentum going into the fall? I’m sure some of you like the idea of taking a break from the status quo during the summer, but what exactly does that mean? And more importantly, what would you do? Many student ministries that lack... Read More
When to Split Your Middle and High School Ministry

When to Split Your Middle and High School Ministry

When asked when to split your middle and high school ministry, my answer is usually a simple one:  “As soon as you possibly can.” There are just way too many good reasons to separate them: High School student are more apt to invite their friends when there aren’t a bunch of middle school kids running around. Some middle school students might be more likely to show up if they aren’t worried about that high school guy with the beard hanging around. The ability to craft every second from... Read More
My Personal Youth Ministry Soapbox: Sending Your Leaders To Camp

My Personal Youth Ministry Soapbox: Sending Your Leaders To Camp

I get asked a lot of questions about student ministry, but there is one in particular that always confuses me. Every now and then someone will ask me this: “Do you require Small Group Leaders to go to camp with your students?” I try not to look at them funny when they ask because to me, camps are just as much for Small Group Leaders as they are for students. In fact, the main reason that we even do camps is to create opportunities for Small Group Leaders to spend extended time with their... Read More
Moving In: Four Hacks For A Successful Transition

Moving In: Four Hacks For A Successful Transition

If you’ve been doing student ministry for any length of time, you know that at some point you’re probably going to find yourself at a new church with a new group of students and whole new set of expectations. And those expectations are coming from everyone—parents, students, staff, pastors, and even yourself. That’s why how you navigate the first few months of that transition is crucial to your success long-term. So here are a few hacks to set you up for transition success (and hopefully save... Read More
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