A Long-Term Approach to Discipleship

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Discipleship doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process that happens over a lifetime. In student ministry, you are one part of that discipleship process. For some, it will be the beginning of that process as students place their faith in Jesus. For others, you will help them continue their discipleship journey. There will also be [...]

Senioritis: Guiding Your Graduates through Their Last Student Ministry Summer

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The school year is coming to an end and behind it comes one of the busiest seasons of student ministry: the summer. The calendar is full, the ministry and relationship building opportunities are many, and you are ready to have a great summer. But, before you launch fully into the summer, stop and think about [...]

Student Leaders: Do You Have a Wise Discipleship Plan?

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The window of discipleship opportunity that we have is short. In yesterday’s post we considered the thought that students only spend, on average, two days per year in a small group. Because of this, we must maximize each moment and one of the prime ways to do that is to have a wise discipleship plan. Your small [...]

Surviving Discouragement: Student Involvement

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What are some of your biggest discouragements in student ministry? A youth ministry student at Liberty University asked me that question last week. I thought it was a wise question for someone to ask at the beginning of his student ministry journey. My answer was, “when it seems like students just aren’t getting it.” There [...]

Surviving Discouragement: Numbers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 [...]