Resources on Student Ministry

May 6, 2015

Your Student Ministry Needs Expository Preaching by Jason Kees

I began to realize that I failed miserably as a youth minister to the students who were under my care. I saw for the first time what preaching truly is, how serious it should be taken, and what is at stake. I went back to my dorm room, sat down on the floor, and wept.

May 22, 2015

Why Your Children’s Ministry Should Take a Break by Miles Morrison

I’m not saying that’s wrong or that children’s ministry is bad – I love and serve in the children’s ministry in my church – I’m merely making the observation that while this ministry can and should serve the church, it will never replace it. Regardless of what curriculum or structure or teaching style your children’s ministry uses, here are some reasons why it’s healthy from time to time to take…

Jul 25, 2017

The Importance of Kingdom-Focused Student Ministry by Mike Leake

I’m convinced that, instead of focusing on keeping students, a truly kingdom-focused church will be passionate about sending students.

Jul 11, 2015

Stop Saying Students Are the Future of the Church by Jared Bumpers

I get it. The goal is to acknowledge the value of students and the important role they play in the future of the church. Here’s the problem: it implies that students are not part of the church right now.

Mar 1

Sexual Abuse in Student Ministry by Micah Hayes

Every leader needs accountability, including youth pastors. 

Jan 2, 2018

In Defense of Youth Ministry by Joshua Rowland

Today’s youth thirst for discipleship, not gimmicks. In eternity past, God ordained the local church as the chosen vessel to quench that thirst.

Feb 6

Fully Mature In Christ: Spiritual Formation & The College Campus by Matthew J. Hall

If your pursuit of Christian maturity does not have the person and work of Christ as its central focus, it’s a fool’s errand.

Jan 9, 2018

Does My Teenager Really Need Youth Group? by Heath Miller

Student ministries can give students something the world cannot – a greater purpose for their soul, and guidance in how to live for that purpose.

Oct 17, 2016

College Ministry Needs Biblical Theology by Nathan Williams

These two young Christian women were nearing the end of their undergraduate degrees. Neither had a job lined up after graduation or any expectation of a "ring by spring," which at their Christian college validates the whole school-debt-without-a-job situation. They had a look in their eyes that said "life is getting way too real."

Jul 26, 2018

Are Students Really the Church of Tomorrow? by Kyle Hoffsmith

Youth ministry might not need a total makeover. Instead, we need to think strategically about how to incorporate students into the life of the church. 

Jun 15, 2015

A Goodbye to Youth Ministry by Mike Leake

As I find myself passing the student ministry baton off to others, I have laid out for them a simple philosophy of youth ministry. Perhaps it will be beneficial to you as well

Jan 16, 2018

7 Ways Teens Can Contribute When the Church Meets by Steve Burchett

Teenage believers, you can contribute right away in significant and helpful ways when the church gathers.

Nov 30, 2015

6 Principles for Student Ministry by Jonathan Leeman

Here are a few biblical principles that we should heed no matter what in youth ministry. My sense is the many youth groups don’t heed them.