How to Talk about Abortion in our Youth Groups

Since the passage of New York’s extreme laws, abortion has become a hot topic. The topic has become even more heated since the release of the film "Unplanned." There is no doubt that students in your youth group have seen or engaged with at least some information on the topic lately whether through social media, [...]

How to Talk about Abortion in our Youth Groups2019-05-17T12:57:56-05:00

Evangelism: How to Create the Culture

Let me tell you about a couple of boys named J.D. and Adam. J.D. is in ninth grade and among the smartest in his whole school. He’s tall, redheaded and just trying to figure out what it means to be a teenager. His hero was his granddad, and for good reason. He was a leader [...]

Evangelism: How to Create the Culture2019-05-17T12:55:00-05:00

5 Tips for Handling Conflict with Your Pastor

Have you ever been in a place of conflict in your ministry? Have you been in conflict with a pastor, staff member, or a church member? If you answered yes to either one of those questions, you are not alone. There are times in ministry when people may not agree on how things should be [...]

5 Tips for Handling Conflict with Your Pastor2019-04-23T11:23:43-05:00

Exposing a Culture of Bible Literacy

There is a growing problem within American evangelical churches. Our churches are becoming increasingly biblically illiterate. Bible literacy refers to the capacity for individuals to personally read and properly understand the Word of God in order to both obey and convey its teachings to others. A 2015 article by Ed Stetzer on Smallgroups.com addresses the [...]

Exposing a Culture of Bible Literacy2019-03-15T17:00:51-05:00

4 Tips for Teaching Students to Read the Bible

The effects of social media and technology on the life of a teenager can be seen in almost every aspect of their lives. There is great debate about the effects of social media and technology on the literacy of teenagers. Data shows that teens are reading less, but there is also data to suggest that [...]

4 Tips for Teaching Students to Read the Bible2019-02-15T16:13:52-05:00

Student-to-Student Discipleship: Why It Has to Happen

I believe strongly in the power of Christ-centered discipleship. When I entered student ministry, I felt a strong calling on my life to disciple young people and make them disciples. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Wow, Zane that was some real earth-shattering insight,” but hear me out. I believe most of us in student [...]

Student-to-Student Discipleship: Why It Has to Happen2019-02-12T22:17:38-05:00

Student Ghosting and Why it Hurts

Ghosting: Urban dictionary defines it as: “When a person cuts off all communication with their friends or the person they’re dating, with ZERO warning or notice beforehand.” We have all had the talk with a student about someone they were either dating or talking to, and they say, “I think they blocked me” or “I [...]

Student Ghosting and Why it Hurts2019-02-12T22:17:39-05:00

Teaching Teens About Sex

Finding a balance when teaching at church about sexuality is difficult. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a youth pastor say to me, “I was going to do a purity series, but the parents got upset.” As a college minister, we talk about sex all the time. It’s a good thing the [...]

Teaching Teens About Sex2019-02-12T22:17:41-05:00

Trust the Process: God’s Role and Our Role in Student Ministry

Student ministry is challenging work. I don’t know about you, but I am often asked by people who learn that I serve with students: “Why would you ever want to do that?” Teenagers can be difficult. They come with lots of drama, attitude and other challenges. Yet as those serving students, we are called not [...]

Trust the Process: God’s Role and Our Role in Student Ministry2019-02-12T22:17:43-05:00

SPEAK youth conference draws 900, keeps gospel at the center

Scooter Kellum says there are a lot of things that could define a youth conference. And he doesn’t mind if the state’s SPEAK conference offers some of them — like good music, Krispy Kreme donuts and a packed late-night concert. But most of all, he wants the youth who attend SPEAK every year to see [...]

SPEAK youth conference draws 900, keeps gospel at the center2018-07-31T15:53:34-05:00

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