FORWARD

  Starting April 12 in Ignite (high school ministry at Hopevale Church) we are looking into the future of where God is leading us in the area of serving.  FORWARD is a strategic serving endeavor where we will INTENTIONALLY identify some SMALL STEPS FORWARD and some BIG STEPS FORWARD that our students can take to…

Ministry Season Evaluation

So today is the last day of school for students in our area.  It marks another year of youth ministry that has come and gone.  One of the questions I had early on in my student ministry career was “How do I know if I’m doing well or being successful with this ministry as it’s…

Developing Systems in Student Ministry: A MUST HAVE

One of the big things that I have learned in my leadership development over the years is that it isn’t good enough to say something and hope it happens… or say something over and over again and hope it happens either.  What I have learned is that the most successful youth ministries, organizations, etc… Say…

THE Key to Communication: OVER COMMUNICATE

I’ve been focusing on a few BIG DEAL leadership things in student ministry that will help you take your ministry and teams to the next level over the last few weeks: 1) building and maintaining cohesive teams, 2) creating organizational clarity… and today I want to focus on how you can get that clarity to…

Organizational Clarity and Why it Matters in Student Minisry

I’m going to throw out two words that, I have to admit, are pretty loaded.  But take a good, long look at each and then think about your leadership team you have created… which one defines your team at this moment: CLARITY or CONFUSION? The reason that these are loaded words is because, if we were honest,…

Cohesive Teams: A MUST HAVE for a healthy Student Ministry

Cohesion: the action or fact of forming a united whole. One of the most important things as a Student Pastor (outside of Love for God, love for students, and solid Biblical content) is the art and discipline of building and maintaining cohesive leadership teams.  Like I said in a previous post… I’m going to assume that…

4 Things I’m “OBSESSING” over as a Student Pastor

Okay, so “OBSESSING” is a strong word.  I get it.  And it may not even be the right word to use… but after I read “The FOUR OBSESSIONS of an Extraordinary Executive” by Patrick Lencioni… I just wanted to use that word.  I don’ t know.. maybe I should be OBSESSING about these 4 disciplines,…

REPOST: Helping Students Grow Spiritually

I posted this about 3 years ago on this blog… still rings true: So I was going over some notes from classes on youth ministry that I had while in college.  One of those classes was all about how to disciple {or grow spiritually} students.  There was a lot of information that has been integral…

Humbled

So… I am completely humbled at what God is doing in our High School ministry at Hopevale Church.  Last night we concluded our SCHOOLED series and we talked about learning to be INVITATIONAL with our faith.  We INVEST in friends who are far from God, INFORM them of our faith in Jesus, and then we…