Teach Your Students The Power of Off

Youth pastors, Sunday School teachers and other next-generation leaders should help students understand the issues associated with digital devices during class. As it’s been said, “anyone can do two things at once. It takes real discipline to do one thing at once.” In The Power of Off, Nancy Colier makes some really good observations and … Read more

Older Students Will Lead or Leave

It seems that once a student gets a drivers license, their days in youth group become numbered.  It’s hard to compete with school, part-time jobs, and social lives of a mobile upperclassman. I recently heard it succinctly put this way, “older students in our youth ministries will either lead or leave.”   It’s easy to become … Read more

12 Simple (& Mostly Free) Ways to Grow a Small Church Student Ministry

I see scads of small church youth ministry on an annual basis.  I love them.  I love the leaders.  I love the students.  I also am blessed to work with some of the larger student ministries in my little circle here in the midwest.  I love them too. I pray for them on a regular … Read more

A Youth Worker’s #2 Priority!

By having a “youth pastor” a local church is indicating two things: 1) they are allocating resources to keep ministry to the students and families organized and moving and 2) they are asking that leader to help equip the congregation for life changing ministry to the next generation. The job of the youth ministry leader is … Read more