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 …

Three Key Relationships for Youth Ministers

Almost two years ago I took up triathlon training in an effort to get in shape. I’ve finished two triathlons over the past year. (Notice my word, finished. Finishing is winning for me.) I’ve learned several things over the course of this journey: early morning swims are difficult, bicyclist safety is not a priority of most drivers, and there is …

Mission Forum

Every student pastor looks for new material, resources and sermon ideas. I wanted to pass an idea along that I attempted at our last student worship gathering. Whether you have a weekly worship gathering or you simply have a small group teaching time, this idea has the goal of helping your students see the need to be on mission both …

Missions and Multigenerational Ministry

I just returned from a student mission trip. One stop on the way was to stay a night at the church where I grew up.  As I was pondering about the rich past of the church, and I began to ponder on how we pass our faith from one generation to the next. One way our student ministry engaged multiple …