Surviving Discouragement: Numbers


As I talk to student pastors about the discouragements they face, the issue of numbers seems to rise to the top for many—specifically, the pressure related to ministry attendance or some other number related mark. I’ve seen numbers related pressure wreck people. I’ve seen it become the excuse for some to walk away from the [...]

3 Ways to Build a Relationship with Parents


The relationship that you are able to build with your student’s family, especially the parents, will have a profound impact on your ministry. The reality is that parents are called to be the primary disciplers of their children. What you do as a student pastor or ministry leader should be in partnership with them. If [...]

Healthy Student Ministries are Culture Shaping


Ben Trueblood, Director of Student Ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources, recently wrote a blog about healthy student ministries being culture shaping. He wrote, “When you look throughout Scripture and church history, you see the Lord using young people to shape the culture.” Challenge your students to be influencers of, rather than influenced by, their culture. [...]

3 Ways to Find New Leaders for Groups


In my previous assignment in ministry I had the privilege to serve as the Spiritual Formation Pastor. This role was much like a Small Groups Pastor or Minister of Education role. One of my main assignments was to grow our groups ministry quickly but with a solid foundation that would help future growth and discipleship [...]

3 Tips for Preparing to Lead Your Small Group


Preparing to lead students is critically important but it doesn’t have to be time consuming or boring. If done properly, you can prepare with minimal time and still lead an effective session that helps students understand how to live out what they learn. The key is to focus on the right things when you prepare. [...]

Repost: Leader Tips for Leading Student Groups


Being a leader can challenge you in so many ways. It helps to have someone who has been there before who can give you advice. With Bible Studies for Life: Students one of our goals was to provide several of these tips to make it easier for you to lead and to help encourage you [...]

Making an Impact in 2014 Through Groups

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The beginning of the year is a time for resolutions, personal challenges, and an excitement for a fresh start. This year, why not make a greater impact in the lives of your students and in the community you live in for the sake of the gospel? Why not begin with the goal of seeing transformation [...]

Four Ways Bible Studies for Life: Students Helps Fight Distraction


I have a trouble paying attention at times. I can focus in for a while but my mind tends to wander. Especially when I’m sitting still. More than once I have been nudged back into a conversation having no idea what was said or what I should respond with. The truth is,  I’m just easily [...]

Move Students from Knowing God’s Word to Applying it to Their Life


Famous American inventor Charles Kettering once said, “Knowing is not understanding. There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.” When my son was four years old he was very curious about a box fan we used to cool the room over our garage. [...]

4 Ways to Create A “Can’t Miss” Group


One of the benefits of living in a digital age is that information is readily available. Anything we want to know, we can generally discover within a few minutes of a Google search. Or, with a quick text, we can ask someone who knows. With information so easily available, meetings and discussion can take place [...]