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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

My Office

It wasn’t long ago that an, ahem, “experienced” member of our congregation – one of those silver-haired seniors known to us as the Happy Hearts – mustered up the gumption to call me aside before the Sunday morning service and ask me a question that had obviously been bouncing around his dome for quite some time: “Do you ever keep …

Honoring Your Pastor

Exodus 17:8-16 chronicles a battle between Amalek and Israel—a battle in which Israel was victorious.  But the favorable outcome of the battle for God’s people resulted not from Israel’s might but rather from the placement of the “staff of God” (17:9).  Moses was to stand on the hill overlooking the battle, raising the staff in his hand; Exodus 17:11 records …

Challenges of Campus Ministry

The public school offers arguably the greatest mission field in America. In most places today, getting on a campus during school hours is a bit more difficult than in years past. Here are some basic challenges to getting out of the church office onto the campus: 1. The institutionalization of the church The first challenge that we face is the institutionalization …

Building Community

Yes, I went there. It doesn’t matter if you are the youth pastor of a church reaching 20,000 students or 2 students, you cannot do this by yourself. It does not matter the amount of quiet time and blessings God heaps on you, He has wired each of us to live in community with others. This includes ministry. Ecclesiastes 4:12 …

Ministry Affairs

Does that sound at all familiar to you? How about if I was not talking about another person? Reread that description and apply it to your ministry. How about now? You would never imagine cheating on your spouse.  You love them and care for them deeply.  You have made conscience choices to protect yourself from sexual sin or from putting …