Four Things to Do When You Transition to Using Orange

Four Things to Do When You Transition to Using Orange

By Luke Mihail, Youth and Young Adults Pastor at Kilsyth South Baptist Church in Melbourne, Australia Have you ever started in a new ministry role only to find yourself thinking: “How am I ever going to change this?” Maybe it was something as minor as changing the blend of coffee used in the kitchen. (Amen!) Or maybe it was something as imperative as a total culture or vision shift for the ministry. No matter what it was, you know as well as I do that change is always hard in ministry, but... Read More
Love Inspires Us to Act: Unique Ideas to Mobilize Your Students to Serve

Love Inspires Us to Act: Unique Ideas to Mobilize Your Students to Serve

By: Katie Edwards, Junior High Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA One of my favorite parts about student ministry is getting my students involved in giving back to the community around them. But if I’m being honest, it’s also one of the most challenging. Getting students excited about doing things for other people isn’t always easy. And coming up with new and unique ways for our students to serve, love, and share our resources can be even harder. To help take just a little bit of... Read More
Roller Skating Rinks and Rural Communities

Roller Skating Rinks and Rural Communities

Hi ya’ll!  My name is Jessica Hampton-Shipman, and I am the Middle School Large Group Leader (aka the Middle School Pastor) for Meadow Heights Church Farmington. I also lead a Small Group of eighth grade girls whom I’ve been with since sixth grade. And did I mention yet that I’m 100% a volunteer in both roles? It’s a crazy season but most definitely worth the work! Meadow Heights Church is multisite church with three locations in rural communities. The first location is in Fredericktown,... Read More
Stop, Shop, Pray

Stop, Shop, Pray

By Jonathan Payne, Youth Worker at South Point Community Church in Leonardtown, Maryland. As a relatively new volunteer youth worker, I was looking for a way to come up with some kind of meeting or program outside of Sunday mornings. I knew our students needed more, and this was reinforced by parents asking what else was available and suggesting small groups or a bible study. At the time, I didn’t have many resources, training, or experience. However, I wanted to create an opportunity to meet... Read More
For Our Neighbor: A Day of Caring

For Our Neighbor: A Day of Caring

By April Wahl, Middle School Director at Century Baptist Church in Bismark, North Dakota Isn’t it interesting how saying yes to the little things can lead us to the big things? Not by chance, not even by our own doing, but by being obedient to God’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves. When we say yes to the seemingly little things out of love, the bigger things ahead are unimaginable. Recently, the middle school ministry at our church, Century Baptist Church in Bismarck, North Dakota,... Read More
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