All posts in student ministry

Help Your Graduates Prepare for the Future

A Tool to Help High School Grads Understand Their Own Hearts and Direction This is a repost that I pray will spur some ideas related to your teenage graduates as they chart their course forward. I want to encourage those who work with students to have a “senior appointment.” We have sit down appointments each…

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Why Teens Lose Their Way Sexually

There’s no debating that we live in a generation of sexual and moral confusion. This confusion is hitting our kids at earlier ages than ever! It seems that the center of Satan’s target for our young people is their sexual purity and identity. If he can cause them to lose their way sexually, then he can misdirect…

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Best Books for Christian Parents!

Frequently someone asks what books I would recommend on youth ministry or parenting. They are generally the same books. While there are some good books on youth ministry, the most helpful to youth ministry are those on the family. Whether you are a parent, a youth pastor, or a pastor, I would urge you to…

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Influence Trumps Authority

Note: This article is directed at parents, but the principle applies to pastors and leaders as well… Do you want your children to love God? Do you want them to truly enjoy living life with and for Jesus Christ? There’s an unspoken principle that many parents or leaders miss. It often goes ignored, unrecognized, and…

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What Happens to Our Youth Group Grads?

It’s the time of year when many of your teenagers are graduating from high school and from the church youth group! What’s next for them? I mean—what’s next for them at your church? What’s next for them in ministry? Some go away to college. But many stay close to home. Is there ministry for them…

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Making it Easy to Make it Right…

Not long ago, God gave us the privilege of helping some young people and their families through difficult trial. Satan had laid a cleverly disguised trap, sin had occurred, and as a result everyone involved was hurting. To make a long story short, God gave a wonderful victory over the period of many weeks. Hearts…

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Repost: A Word to Weary College Students

I’ve had five conversations that went almost exactly the same this week. A battle-worn college student says, “I’m not even sure what I’m doing here. I feel like I’m doing nothing and headed nowhere. I’m not where I want to be, and I’m really thinking about what I should do…” The conversations were so similar,…

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Please Pray for Youth Conference 2012!

Tomorrow evening we launch into a three day event with approximately 2,300 teenagers from all over the country. Dozens of churches are gathering on our campus for the West Coast Baptist Youth Conference, 2012. The teens will be engaged in six services filled with Bible teaching and preaching. And more than anything—we need you to…

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We’re Coming to Memphis, TN

Just a reminder that Bryan Samms and I are privileged to be in Memphis, TN this Friday and Saturday, preaching to youth groups and encouraging youth leaders and parents! We sure hope you will join us there for the Higher Call Student Summit! This meeting is a two-day event hosted by Eastside Baptist Church of Memphis,…

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The Most Powerful Parenting Practice

What wise parents do when they don’t know what to do. “Something’s going wrong in the heart of my child, and I’m not sure what to do!” Ever been there, parent? Have you ever seen the fruit of attitudes, behaviors, and decisions growing from the young branches of your child’s life, and been terrified by…

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Four Focuses of Effective Parents

Warning: This post is longer than usual… I love being a parent! If you have children, I hope you do too! We live in a culture that divides the home—if not physically, then relationally. A casual look at many American families would lead you to conclude that parents don’t like their children, and children don’t…

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Repost: 10 Ways to Lose a Teen’s Attention

Quick post—the top ten ways to completely bore and disconnect with those you teach: 1. Say something not worth hearing—This is basic, but if you want people to listen, start by saying something worth hearing. The number one reason we lose the attention of those we teach is that we’re not convincing them that what…

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We’re Coming to West Florida!

Just a reminder that Bryan Samms and I are privileged to be in West Florida next week, preaching to youth groups and encouraging youth leaders and parents! We sure hope you will join us there for the Higher Call Student Summit! This meeting is a two-day event hosted by Victory Baptist Church of Milton, FL in…

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Surviving Your Child’s Teen Years

Your child’s teen years should be some of the most enjoyable of your parenting years! I know, that’s a bold statement, but hang with me! Practically speaking, there are a million reasons to enjoy the teen years. Your kids can finally feed themselves (unless you have boys.) They can finally clean their own room (of…

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Introducing—Higher Call Student Summits

If you are a student ministry leader or worker, we invite you to participate in the Higher Call Student Summits in 2012! Beginning in February, Bryan Samms and I have the privilege of partnering with four churches in four regions of the country for the Higher Call Student Summits. These meetings are two-day events hosted…

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United—Fighting for the Next Generation

The contemporary church is seeing a mass exodus of young adults walking away from their faith in their late teens and early twenties. Some studies say the percentage is around 80% while others estimate it to be much higher. The statistic highlights major failures in many contemporary church ministry on a number of levels, but…

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A Man, a Boy, and a Bible…

I love the way God shows up in ways we least expect. This morning is another McDonald’s morning. As my system is coming out of chemo effects, the stomach was asking for pancakes and my heart longed for some quiet time with the Lord. (Funny thing is, before cancer I was no fan of pancakes.)…

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Boundaries in Student Ministry Part 3

This is the third and final post in this series. You can read part one here, and part two here. Before we begin, I want to clearly state that I am not LEGAL COUNSEL. Laws changes, and circumstances vary, so with this general information, I strongly suggest you obtain legal counsel when dealing with criminal…

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Boundaries in Student Ministry Part 2

Developing a Long-Term Ministry of Integrity We’re talking about boundaries in student ministry. In our first post we discussed boundaries with the opposite gender. Now we move on to understanding and protecting boundaries regarding parents and disciplinary situations. Here are a few thoughts:

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Boundaries in Student Ministry Part 1

Establishing a Long-Term Ministry of Integrity This is going to be a series of posts in which I want to discuss the establishment of appropriate boundaries in student ministry. I’ve dealt with my share of situations over the years where men and women crossed lines, hurt people, usurped authority, and in some cases even committed…

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