3 Traits Of A True Student Led Ministry Believer

I was at a campus bible club this morning and the speaker did not show up. One of the youth pastors, who is a decent speaker and a good guy, shared some thoughts from his message the night before. Nothing wrong with that, but how would True Believers have handled this differently? We Don’t Always…

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…

The Worst Thing You Can Say To Your Students

I was scrolling through Instagram and I stopped on video of a youth pastor making a big announcement. What he said made me cringe and it is the very thing you should never say to your youth group. “we built this for you” The youth pastor was announcing a new youth room for their students.…

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 6

If this is your first time here. Welcome. You can check out the beginning of this series here if you like. “Engage” – Captain Picard, Star Trek Do you remember the days of walking into your middle school cafeteria and looking for sympathetic eyes of those who might let you sit at there’re table? I…

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…

8 Qualities Students Want In Their Youth Pastor

In my last weeks of being a full time youth pastor, I sat with my students in a small group and asked them a serious question, “What did I do well, so I can pass it on to other youth workers?”. I didn’t ask them to flower me with compliments or niceties, I ask them…