Understanding your Students Part 1

I have been wondering for some time about the students that come into our youth room every week. I wonder what battles they are facing, or what they bring to the building weekly. I began to look into some books on Generation Z because I wanted to understand better the generation that sits in our buildings regularly.

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Scott Talley
Authenticity in Ministry

A good leader is not a perfect leader. Think about it, all the leaders you have ever looked up to. Perhaps this is a pastor, a family member, or teacher. But not one of them was perfect. Everyone is flawed. The person I looked up to the most growing up was, and still is, my older brother. Yet, he is far from perfect and will be quick to admit to it. A good leader is not an ideal leader.

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Scott Talley
The Impact of Ministry Win

The Impact of Ministry Win

 

Tomorrow my book, Ministry Win, releases on Amazon and on our website. I wanted to use today’s blog to share how churches can be impacted by Ministry Win. I have been serving in Youth Ministry since 2003, but around 2014 I began to study more in depth how Student Ministries in America function. Why? Because I felt like at that moment that Student Ministry in America was created to be more than just numbers and programs.

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The Importance of Summer Camp

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer which means Summer is finally approaching. This means that Summer camps are right around the corner as well. There are a lot of Summer camps out there that you can send your youth group to, but the one that I have always gone to is Crossroads Summer Camp. I could go on and on about how much fun I had as a teenager those weeks, but that wouldn’t answer the question why you should go to summer camp. Here are three main reasons why I think that you and your youth should go:

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Katie Baity
A Winning Summer Season

All across America Student Ministries begin to plan for the summer months of ministries. Some ministries will see students head off to vacation, beach homes, and spend time away with family. During the summer month’s ministries begin to plan out a busy schedule trying to reach students with camps, events, and other fun creations.

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Scott Talley
A Growing Summer

Last summer was an interesting one to say the least. In the Spring of 2018, I got a call from my youth pastor towards the end of my Spring semester to see if I would be interested in doing a Summer internship under him. I accepted that offer happily, excited to serve the youth group that I was a part of throughout high school. A month into that internship, my youth pastor was called to another church that was nearly nine hours away! Of course, I was bummed, but I was looking forward to what God was going to do both in his life at his new church and at the church I had been serving. I’m glad that I stuck it out and stayed with it because I have learned many things over the Summer. Here’s some reasons why I think this internship was worth it.

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Katie Baity
5 Tips for Pulling a Life-Changing Retreat

I was asked about a month or so ago if I could write a blog on how to pull off an awesome retreat weekend. I know that for many of us put on Disciple Now weekends, Middle School or High School retreats throughout the year. If we were to break down the DNA of those weekends, what would be the purpose or goals of those weekends? The goal of those weekends should always be to accomplish one of these two things, evangelize to your students or spiritually grow your students. Outside of these two those weekends, you plan Disciple Now, or other retreats should not be used for anything else. I have written down five things that I consider vital to pulling off a life-changing retreat.

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Scott Talley
Developing Leaders Within

Recently I have been thinking about leadership and studying different models of leadership within local churches. Now, I know you are thinking “oh no! Another Leadership blog and article.” I can promise that this blog aims to look at developing a culture of leadership within your ministry among your student population.

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Scott Talley
Finding Love in Student Ministry

Waking up at 6 am getting ready to meet students at Chick Fil A for our Monday morning Bible study does not happen by accident. Instead, because of love for students and Student Ministry, Youth Pastors wake up to disciple and do life with their students.

In June 2019 I will begin my 16th year in Student Ministry. I started this journey because of my love for God, but I have stayed in because of my love for Youth Ministry. Yes, there are parts of the job that I may not like all the time, but I love sharing God’s Word with teenagers daily. Someone asked me a few years ago this question, “What is your favorite thing about Student Ministry?”

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Scott Talley
Reflections on Thailand

Last semester, I had the amazing opportunity to go Thailand through Clayton King Ministries. While I was there, I got to experience all kinds of different things and God taught me a lot. I got to do fun things like riding an elephant and releasing floating lanterns from the rooftop of the church, but I also did some challenging things like trying to have conversational practice with a semi-interested group of high schoolers and surviving a car ride while sick. I even learned seven different words or sayings within the week! However, what God taught me while I was there is what is going to stick with me the rest of my life. I’ll sum it up in three little points that I’ll go on to elaborate: patience, encouragement, and teamwork.

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