Two Steps of Partnering with Parents

Parenting is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. There you are in hospital, with a brand new baby and all of a sudden the hospital staff is like, “Alright, that was fun. Thanks for coming, see you next time.” and then they make you leave. The Dr. wants to send you and your spouse home with this child, that has no instruction booklet or anything. Most of us are still a child ourselves, or at least we act like one. How in the world are we supposed to raise one? The parenting fears and doubts spiral from here throughout your time as a parent. Sometimes parents wish they had someone who could come alongside them, who understood them and could help.

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Joseph Eades
5 Ways to Value Middle schoolers

The Middle School years are some of the most challenging years for those students within your ministry. Middle School students sometimes can have a bad reputation within our ministries. Throughout the years I have found the value in our sixth to eighth graders and here are five ways that you can value you Middle School students.

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Scott Talley
Top 5 Youth Pastor Books to Read in the Summer of 2019

The following list is in no specific order, but these are books that we think you need to read as a Youth Pastor. Every Quarter we will update the reading lists, but these are the five books we recommend for any Youth Pastor, Youth Worker, and Youth Volunteer to read. Disclaimer: Not all books were written or published in within the last 1-2 years, but are books we think will help you as a Pastor.

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Scott Talley
The Impact of Social Media in Ministry

In the days we live in, the words social media brings negative and positive emotions to pastors. I love social media. I think there are things within social media that can become negative. Using social media in ministry can become a game changer and open the doors to allowing visitors and prospective church members learn more about your ministry.

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Scott Talley
Importance of Being in the Word

As a college student, I have learned the importance of disciplining yourself to get things done. To get things done, I have to write out all of my assignments, make a schedule on when I’ll get things done, and set aside time for hanging out with friends and family. If I don’t, I’ll catch myself slacking off, procrastinating, and forgetting work. These lead to more stress, which leads to me getting sick and having to cut out time with friends. I learned that it took both a will and effort to get through college well.  That same concept is applied to our faith. We have to spiritually discipline ourselves to read God’s Word, to pray, and to commune with other believers.

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Katie Baity
Top 5 books for Parents in Summer of 2019

The following list of 5 books are books that over the last few months I have found pivotal for parents who have a teenager. I have compiled this list as a Youth Pastor sharing some resources with parents. Any questions or comments you can leave below in the comment section.

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Scott Talley
Understanding Your Students Part 3

I started writing this blog a few weeks ago with a goal in mind for all student ministries in America. I think that Generation Z stands at the doorsteps of our church and community in need of wanting more from our ministries. I know that may seem very vague or general, but students do not want to be part of something that we did in the church 15-20 years ago. They want something that has been written or created for them.

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Scott Talley
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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Scott TalleyComment
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