How to Recruit Volunteers for Camp

How to Recruit Volunteers for Camp

It may still be freezing cold where you are right now, but as student pastors, we already have summer on the brain. Why? Because camp may be in the summer, but signups happen now! And that’s true for students and volunteering adults alike. In fact, pretty soon you may find yourself asking your volunteers the dreaded question: “So, are you coming to summer camp?” We’ve all been there. You make the ask. Their response? Usually an awkward half-nod, a sheepish half-smile, total eye contact... Read More
Four Key Things To Know About Dealing With Students and Trauma

Four Key Things To Know About Dealing With Students and Trauma

By Jess Greaser, Youth Director at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA I remember the moment my perspective on trauma shifted. I had been on staff at a large church in youth ministry for many years and had a toolbox full of experience and knowledge that gave me confidence in handling all of the issues our team faced in ministry. But all that changed the day I worked with my first client as an intern at an alternative school for middle and high school students. I quickly realized that even though I... Read More
5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

By Jono Contestabile, Student Ministry Director at Crossroads Community Church in Westminster, MD I’ve always defaulted to the descriptor of “special needs.” The way I see it, or rather have come to see it after eight years of involvement in various special needs ministries, needs are the common denominator of all people. It just so happens that certain individuals have different, or perhaps more unique, and occasionally more demanding needs. I hate admitting my needs. Don’t you? From needing... Read More
Identifying Student Leaders

Identifying Student Leaders

“Imagine a large river with a high waterfall. At the bottom of this waterfall hundreds of people are working frantically trying to save those who have fallen into the river and have fallen down the waterfall, many of them drowning. As the people along the shore are trying to rescue as many as possible, one individual looks up and sees a seemingly never-ending stream of people falling down the waterfall and begins to run upstream. One of other rescuers hollers, “Where are you going? There... Read More
Suicide Prevention Month: 3 Things to Remember

Suicide Prevention Month: 3 Things to Remember

Written by Brett Talley, an Orange Specialist, and Mandy Baldwin, a Licensed Counselor for Couples & Teens in Indianapolis, IN As you may have heard, the month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month. So, we want to take a few minutes to talk about why it’s so important that we as youth workers are talking about this crucial, yet sensitive, topic in our youth ministries. Here are three solid things to consider as we are tackling this topic in our ministries with our leaders and... Read More
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