Game Time Offense

Today starts the first week of an 8-part series on developing a game plan for your Student Ministry. Do you love football? I get excited every year during football season and watching football under the lights. With football season just starting, I have been thinking over the last few weeks about how a Student Ministry’s game plan is in some ways very similar to a Football Team’s weekly/season game plan.

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Scott Talley
The Love for a Spouse

Serving in the role of a Student Pastor in a local church brings excitement to me. Every time I walk up to the pulpit to preach or the table in the youth building to proclaim God’s word, joy runs through my body. I am thankful that at the age of 15 years old I was called into ministry and that God has blessed me with amazing churches where I have served. However, if I was, to be honest with you, the reason I can do ministry, doing the calling God has laid on my life, and impact lives with God’s word is because of my wife, Leigh.

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Scott Talley
The Impact of a Student Ministry

Growing up, I was never involved in the church. It wasn’t until three years after I was saved at a church event that I became a member of a church and got involved. While I was there as a high schooler, the student ministry made a huge impact on my life. The things that stood out most to me was the genuine care from the youth pastor and the acceptance of the youth group. It was amazing to be a part of a group of believers who were all growing together and were close to my age. Here are some of the big ways the student ministry impacted my life:

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Katie Baity
Fresh Start in the Fall

Summer time has gone by very fast, and the school year has started for schools across the country. Student Ministries now have a game plan for the upcoming school year and excited to implement the plan. Every summer I go away with my wife and family to the beach before the craziness of Summer begins with camps, mission trips, and planning out the year. I personally love the beach, but not just because of the waves and sand surrounding me. I enjoy the beach because it is a place where I read and get away to plan some time to just listen to God.

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Scott Talley
Top 5 Books for Youth Pastors

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 first five books we recommend for any Youth Pastor to read. Disclaimer: Not all books were written or published in the last two years, but are books we think will help you as a Pastor.

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Scott Talley
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
Student Leadership in Youth Ministry

Youth Pastors and Youth Workers work hard daily in local student ministries to impact teenagers lives. If you work with teenagers, you know that your job is thankless, but let me encourage you with these words: You are impacting the students in your ministry daily.

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Scott Talley
Using Technology in Youth Ministry

Youth ministry has obviously changed in America over the last 50 years, and especially over the last 10 years. Those changes have deeply impacted many things, but especially how we utilize technology within our youth ministries.

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Scott Talley
Top 5 Books for Parents of Teenagers

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
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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