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Be the Fourth Man

I remember sitting in an Intro to Ministry class during my freshman year of college and hearing my professor speak of the four “men” that come to mind when we hear the word “minister.” Chances are, you’ve probably heard of each of these. The first man is the one who pastors a medium or large church that is accomplishing its …

Raising the Bar in Student Ministry

In the eighteenth century, God shook the American colonies in a revival movement known as the First Great Awakening.   In his treatise entitled Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion in New England, written to describe and defend the movement,  Jonathan Edwards observed the role of youth in this revival, while indicting older believers for their indifference: Stern words …

A Snapshot of Youth and Awakening*

The story of awakening cannot be told apart from the role of youth. The first of a series of revival movements in the course of Jonathan Edwards’ Northampton ministry was the Valley Revival of 1734-35. Edwards referred to the role of the youth in its origin: “At the latter end of the year 1733, there appeared a very unusual flexibleness, …

When Opportunity Knocks…Take It.

Recently I watched a video filmed in New York City that had people write out their answer to What’s Your Biggest Regret?.  By far the most common theme that people had was what they had NOT done with their lives. I think if we are not careful, we can lead a student ministry built upon these same kind of regrets. Having …

Great Commission Generation

The Great Commission in Matthew’s gospel commands all believers of Christ to do four things:  to go, to make disciples, to baptize and to teach all He commanded. This commission is not given to just adults, but to all believers of Jesus Christ. For too long the church has relegated the Great Commission to mean adults. We have missed an …

Catch the Vision

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 reminds us that we need to look ahead. We look ahead in our personal lives and in ministry, or at least I hope we do. I want to help fellow student pastors understand the importance of vision in the life of the church and student ministry. Student pastors today interact …

Get Involved in Children's Ministry

For many years, I avoided anything to do with our children’s ministry.  I cringed when I would be asked to go to kids camp or to participate in VBS.  I always made it out to be the most inconvenient and worst weeks ever, so I simply turned down the offer. Students Pastors, please take time to get to know your …

Nostalgia and the Gospel

Nostalgia—the longing to relive something in the past—is all the rage right now.  Television, movies, and music have all gotten in on the throwback trend as executives seek to capitalize on the ubiquitous desire to recapture the “good ole days.”  Netflix has had great success in this venture, reviving the 1990s sitcom Full House and producing the critically acclaimed drama …

Meetings that Empower People

We’ve all worked for that person who used meetings as social gatherings, pulpits, and pep rallies rather than for more productive reasons. We leave thinking the leader could have summed up these hour-long life drains in a well-worded email. Maybe you have led some of those meetings, but what if there was a better way? John who wrote, “Though I have …