Taking Student Leadership Mainstream

    I love developing young leaders. Since I started I youth ministry (100 yeas ago it seems) I was taught to develop a leadership team. The book you see above was my first student leadership book. It recommended I start a S.A.L.T team, this stands for Student Action Leadership Team. From this point on…

Student Leadership Boot Camp

Here’s a thought. Let’s let students lead. “Not as easy as it looks” I said in a previous post. The hardest part is letting go. Letting go of control, letting go of ego, and letting go of the outcome of students leading is tough. So, I have pulled the trigger like never before. We were having…

Student Leadership: Not As Easy As It Sounds

“Did you say harder? Well, I’m out then, I thought this was going to be easy. I thought I was just suppose to get out of the way and all these kids were supposed to step up.”-  Every youth worker who thought releasing students to do ministry would be easy. What are the challenges you…

5 Entry Level Ideas To Student-Led Leadership

One of my friends once posted: Plugging youth into jobs in your youth program is not student-led ministry. Far from it. We’re hearing from God but falling short of understanding. Time to equip youth to lead ministries of their own, not ours. Let me first say that I think the quote is true. Plugging kids…

5 Impactful Ways To Value Your Students

You keep calling that one student who used to be very active to come back to youth, but every time you call they tell you they’ve been busy. Yes, they’re busy, they’re busy in another youth group that values them. To the other group they’re not just a number, they’re part of a bigger picture…

Four Ways To Keep Students From Falling Through The Cracks

Elisa started youth group in middle school and had been a part our group for a while now. As a freshman, she was involved in the band. Slowly, I started to see her blend into the background. She said she had a lot of homework and was thinking about getting a part time job. I…

Feeding Students Stomaches As Well As Their Souls

Every great gathering has a food component to it. Festivals, the fair, block parties, wedding and even funerals all have food components to them. Food played a major role in Jesus’ ministry. Jesus fed the 5,000 Jesus had dinner with sinners Jesus declared his new covenant over a meal Jesus had a hard conversation with…

8 Qualities Students Want In Their Youth Pastor Part 7

If I brought anything to the table over the past 30 years, it’s my God given gift of gab. I love sharing interesting and relevant messages with students. Many of my messages focus on growing in Christ, but I always include the gospel and what it means to follow Jesus. This is part seven in…

8 Qualities Students Want In Their Youth Pastor Part 4

“You will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice.” ― Eric Liddell, The Disciplines Of The Christian Life I’m fond of saying, “It’s not what you believe, it’s what you practice.” That is not to say that beliefs are not important, but without…