The Challenge (part 1)

The Challenge (part 1)

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re spotlighting special needs inclusion in student ministry environments. Today’s post is the first of three posts where Amy Fenton Lee (Director of Special Needs Initiatives for Orange and author of:  Leading Special Needs Ministry) interviews Katie Garvert, an expert in the area of inclusion with special needs students. Katie Garvert is the Access Ministries Coordinator for Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Woodmen Valley Chapel... Read More
Making A Tough Call

Making A Tough Call

Have you ever had a student tell you something that left you wondering what to do next? If not, the day is coming. Lead a student ministry for any length of time and you—or one of your small group leaders—will hear at least one of the following: “I went to this party and…” “I don’t feel safe in my house…” “There are these mean girls at school who push me around…” “I’ve been looking at some stuff online…” “My friend has an eating disorder…” “No one knows this but…” These sorts of conversations... Read More
7 Secrets to Multi-Site Student Ministry

7 Secrets to Multi-Site Student Ministry

By Jeff Brodie I’ve been working with students for a long time and have never worked at a church with one location. Multi-site church is the only kind of ministry I know and over the past 10 years here is what I have learned from doing student ministry in a multi-site world. 1. Decide when to be big and when to be small Find your rhythm of small church community and large church opportunity. In my opinion multi-site churches get the best of both worlds. Smaller student ministries at the... Read More
Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

I love hanging out with student pastors. In fact, I’ve never had a desire to do anything other than student ministry. Sure, making more money would be nice, but other than that I can’t think of a better job. I’ve noticed recently that a lot of my conversations with student pastors have gone like this: Them: If you know of any job openings, let me know. Me: Everything okay? Them: Oh yeah. Our student ministry is awesome! Better than it’s ever been. I’m just not sure about the rest of the... Read More
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