Little late to the game, but here is my latest article for Youth Specialties. Some great lessons here I have learned over the years that have helped me in my time management. (click on pic below)
Had the privilege of attending and speaking at the Teen Leadership Conference at Clarks Summit University. There I was part of a National Youth Ministries Conference that featured incredible speakers who spoke on ways to impact Generation Z for Christ.
Studying the different generations is fascinating to me, and it is important to understand the characteristics of each generation. Especially since there most likely is 7 generations in your church on a given Sunday. Seven!
Do you know the leadership style of the Generation Z? What impact is social media having on this generation? Mental health seems to be an issue, how do you help students who are struggling? These are all issues we discussed in the seminar.
My job was to answer the question: “What does a Generation Z Youth Ministry look like?” Here’s a checklist to help you in your quest to reach this generation. I encourage you to check it out, and feel free to add more in the comments.
Each year, I compile a list of goals for the coming year. One piece of advice, have a list on your phone or cork-board in your office where you write these ideas all throughout the previous year. That way, when you sit down at your computer in December, you’re not lost for ideas.
Here’s the list for 2019. Can’t wait to get started!
What are some goals you have for the coming year?
In the past 7 years, we have hosted a student mission conference. Basically, our goal is to encourage students to be missionaries at their schools, in their neighborhoods, and on their teams/bands/social platforms. In order to do this, it takes creativity, planning, and organization. Want to give it a try? OK, then let’s get started…
Bonus: For The Detail Oriented People in the Crowd. We host it on a Wednesday night for 1.5 hours. Sunday night would be another great option, keeping it in the regular youth program schedule. Limit the praise time to 2 songs and have your icebreaker ask people are coming in. This provides for more teaching time. Keep prayer a focus of the night as well.
There you have it. If you have any questions on how to plan this event, feel free to comment below. It has been a real blessing to our youth ministry over the years, and I hope it will inspire you to plan a student mission conference in your ministry sometime soon!
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of leading a group of students on a mission trip. We didn’t need plane tickets, or even a full tank of gas for that matter. It was a mission trip in our very own city. Our student ministry takes short-term mission trips very seriously. But missionaries don’t just live in foreign countries, but also reside locally as well. So each year, we try to give the students a different perspective of missions. Here’s what I learned from this year’s local trip:
What about you? Have you done any local trips lately? What have you done, and what did you learn? Would love to hear the good, the bad, and the blessings.
Some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way in partnering with parents. Hope you find this podcast helpful in your student ministry.
Hard to believe…10 years of Youth Ministry. Praise the Lord for his grace, for the patience of teens and their parents, and the countless times God has brought strength to my weakness.
And get this…my article on the 10 Lessons Learned from 10 Years in Ministry has been published by Youth Specialties. Go check it out and be encouraged.
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