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 …

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 …

The Public School Mission Field

A couple decades ago a youth pastor from an area church could pretty much grab some pizzas, show up at school, and hang out with students during lunch. Today, a twenty-something year old dude showing up at a school makes people nervous. A lot has changed over the past several years. Sure, there are still some places where student pastors …

Why I Don't Reach Out to Teens Anymore

After sitting back the other day pondering the important things in youth ministry I reached an epiphany, I shouldn’t reach out to teens anymore! Why you might ask? Here are a few reasons: 1. It’s not my job. I’m sure it was lost in the translation of the scripture from Greek to English but I’m sure Jesus actually meant “go …

The Gospel Integrity Gap

I was halfway into my Americano as I sat across the table from Bill, a ministry mentor, when he asked me this left-field question: “David, when do you feel most alive?” There was a prolonged silence as I considered this, and then I said “Well, I guess it’s when I’m spending time with my son – and when I’m preaching.” …

Mission Partnerships

A little over 7 years ago our student ministry had been planning to join several other groups on a trip offered through our state’s convention. Just inside a month before the trip when we found out that a plane crash at our airport of arrival caused our trip to be cancelled. Several days later I received a call from our …

Mission Trips Can Be Dangerous

We currently live in a culture that has a 24-hour news cycle that seems to be filled with nothing but negative elements and danger around the world. You and your students carry phones with constant push notifications in their pockets that bring either joys, laughs or fear regarding the world around them. These images and elements alone often keep people …