How to Run a Weekly Youth Student Meeting

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Recently I had the privilege of being featured on Word of Life Local Church Ministries new student ministry podcast called Multiply. This is a great new resource I’d encourage anyone in student ministry to check out. For one of the episodes of this podcast I had the chance to talk about running an effective weekly gathering for students. In it I talk about setting the right atmosphere, how to run games, using adult and student leaders, where does teaching and worship fit, and more. Click the link below to check out this particular episode. When you’re done I’d encourage you to listen to the other episodes as well.

Multiple (Episode 2: How to Run a Weekly Youth Meeting)

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“Linked Generations” Podcast

linked_togetherLast week I was able to see Mel Walker and hear him do a seminar on inter-generational ministry. Teens are leaving the church after high school and the model of most church ministries isn’t helping that trend. We tend to isolate generations of the church and never bring them together. Mel Walker is a big component of inter-gernational ministry and connecting all generations within the church. Let me say that I do not believe Mel is a part of the fade to “do away with student ministry” like the film Divided suggest. But I believe Mel’s approach is a balanced view of how student ministry can be connected to the large local body of Christ.

I was able to hear from Mel at a Motus Gathering. Motus is a movement of youth pastors and youth workers from all over the greater Cleveland, OH area. We gathering once every few months and learn from each other as well as grow in community as we strive to reach teens in our area for Christ.

In addition to Mel speaking at our Motus event, he recorded a leadership podcast with Rick Eimers, youth pastor at Cuyahoga Valley Church. The podcast covers the topic of linked generations. Mel talks about how we can keep from isolating generations by linking them toegther. I believe this is an important topic that all of us in church ministry, especially student pastors, must wrestle with. Click the link below to listen to this podcast.

Listen to “Linked Generations” with Mel Walker

Recommended Leadership Resources

I decided to add a new category of blogs called “Leadership.” I have a deep desire to become a better leader and I believe the church is in desperate need of good Biblical leaders. I am actually starting a master’s degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary this January in the area of Christian leadership. You don’t have to pursue a degree to become a better leader, but you do have to take the time to learn and studying the idea of leadership. I wanted to share three leadership resources that have helped me in the area of leadership and I believe they can help you too.

The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. This by far is one of the best leadership podcast I have ever listened to. They update it about once every few weeks and every podcast is extremely helpful in the area of leadership. What is really good about this leadership podcast is that it does not focus only on local church leadership. Many leadership podcasts deal with leadership within the church, but this one does not. We need good Christian leadership in “secular” circles and workplaces as much as we need them in the church. If you are a Christian and are in leadership in a “secular” circle I would highly recommend this podcast for you. You can go here to download this podcast.

Perry Noble Leadership Podcast. For some of you the moment you read the name “Perry Noble” you already shot this resource down. I understand Perry Noble and Newspring Church has done some things many of you would not, but that does not mean God is not using Perry Noble and his church to advance God’s kingdom. We can learn something from everybody, even people who use different methods than we do. Please don’t turn this great resource down because you don’t agree with Perry Noble. I have been listening to this podcast every month when they update it and every time God uses it to teach me more about Biblical leadership. This podcast focuses more on leadership within the local church so I highly recommend this podcast to anyone in local church leadership. Out of all the three resources I am sharing in this blog, this is the top one for me. You can download this podcast here.

Minute with Maxwell. I came across this leadership resource a few days ago and so far it has been extremely beneficial. This resources is a daily e-mail that contains a one-minute video of John Maxwell sharing a leadership principle with you. I subscribe about five days ago and so far every “Minute with Maxwell” has been very helpful. This is a great source for leaders both within the local church and outside the local church. The fact that this is a John Maxwell resource should be enough for you to jump on it! You can go here to subscribe and start to receive your daily “Minute with Maxwell.”

I recommend that you at least start using one of these resources to help you become a better leader. Our churches, our world, and our families need good, BIblical leaders. God has and will use these resources to help us become those Biblical leaders this world needs.