Want to keep track of your students?

Want to keep better track of your students? Want to keep a better record of your students?

Ever ask yourself the question where has that student been in a while

Why has that student stop coming?

Then do this…

Have a Round Up time!!    (Round your students up!)

-Have a time twice a year (April, Sept.) where you or your volunteers/small group leaders sit down and facebook/email/text/call the students you haven’t seen in a while to find out where they been. (Make a chart w/ students name, how were they reached, reason haven’t seen them in a while)

-If they don’t answer or respond after you have tried at least twice don’t get discouraged. Sometimes they will respond. Sometimes they wont. But you can sleep at night knowing you did your job by reaching out to them.

-Let the student know you have missed them and wanted to know if everything was okay. To lighten the mood if they feel uncomfortable, ask them if anyone has said anything to offend them and if you need to beat someone up. You can even ask if they have started attending another church…if you feel comfortable.

Find out why they have stopped coming. That student could help you resolve issues that might be going on in your Student Ministry.

-After you have finished, you have lightened the load of a leader or helped a student come back!

This idea came from my pastor Kenny Hibbard and I think could help out your Student Ministry tremendously!

You are able to find out where that student has been! Maybe they started going to another church, moved, or maybe had a conflict you were able to resolve, just following up with them! Go for it!

Hope this helps!!

Student Pastors, keep allowing the front door to be WIDE OPEN, but also keep doing a great job of keeping the back door SHUT. Make sure your students are sticking.

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Suicide

suicide picWhat are we doing about Suicide?

Suicide is one of the biggest issues in the world today and most importantly in Student Ministry! We must do everything we possibly can do to be prepared when a student is struggling with suicide and suicidal thoughts. To be honest, two months ago, we were completely unprepared.

We have already had two students attempt suicide in the last 4 months and have ended up in the hospital. We have also had several mention they have thought about it.

We must know what to do. We need the right resources. Lets take action!

We can’t mention enough in our sermons that Jesus cares about them and their needs and would never want them to take their life! He came that they may have life and life to the full!

We can’t allow students to make a permanent decision with a temporary problem! 

Things we must do!

-Give them a wallet size resource card of what they can do if they are struggling with suicide.  Hand them out to every student. Example below.

suicide card

-Have a night dealing with Suicide. Have a student share their testimony and then have leaders for them to go to.
-Encourage students to talk to their parents about their life and what they are going through.
-Have a counselor they can go to if its something serious they are going through.
-Take your students seriously when they talk about suicide.

One of the best movies dealing with this topic: “To Save a Life.” If you haven’t seen this, it’s a must!

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Get Excited

If you’re not EXCITED, why should students be?

As Student Pastors, we have something to be EXCITED about…and that is putting it lightly!

Our God is not DEAD but ALIVE!!
God has RESCUED us from HELL!!
Jesus has paid the debt for our SIN!!
The Enemy has been DEFEATED!!
We have a GOD that is always WITH us!!

If that’s not enough to get you EXCITED and ESCTAITIC, I don’t know what to do. The students we serve and parents we serve should see that EXCITEMENT each week.

We should be way more passionate about our GOD than our SPORTS TEAM!

Your SPORTS TEAM might give you SATISFACTION for a WEEKEND but GOD gives us SATISFACTION for a LIFETIME!

This should be evident in our social media and how we WORSHIP. This should be evident in how we preach. We are preaching the GREATEST NEWS that has changed us so we should preach with EXCITEMENT. We know the BIBLE ain’t boring!

Your students can tell if you are excited about Jesus or not!
They can tell by watching you if JESUS really is a BIG DEAL or not.
They can tell by watching you if JESUS really is the RISEN KING to you!

Encourage your leaders to be passionate about Gods Word and coming to church. If the students see that your leaders have excitement just like you do imagine how excited the students would be!

Be reminded today that you have been SET FREE! You aren’t who you use to be! Be EXCITED and keep serving JESUS!

Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

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Fun is Not Your Enemy

We all want a Student Ministry that is deep and not shallow. We all want a Student Ministry that is all about Jesus and worship, but do your students see JOY in serving JESUS?

FUN is not your ENEMY! Your students should LOVE to come to Small Groups or Wednesday night because there is an aspect of FUN! One of the biggest reasons that I LOVED Student Ministry when I was younger was because it was FUN! I knew I was going to have FUN!

Don’t take out all of the FUN in Student Ministry. There is a reason why students love to go to Theme Parks and Arcades. It’s because it is FUN! Students love camp because it is FUN!

I had to remind myself of this over the last several weeks as our small groups have been all serious with NO FUN! We need a LITTLE FUN even with the seriousness of following JESUS!

Here’s a few ideas:

Throw in ICE BREAKER questions to open up.
Throw in a game that lasts 5-15min to add in some FUN each night!
Throw in a worship song that is FUN and not so serious.
Throw in a video to add some fun!
Throw in a skit to add some fun!
Throw in JOKES during your sermon!

LOST people need to see that CHRISTIANS have FUN too! Christians should be the happiest people on the planet and ones who show the most JOY and EXCITEMENT.

BRING some FUN to the TABLE!

How do you bring in the aspect of FUN in your STUDENT MINISTRY?

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Influence Parents

Influence the Parents to have a BIGGER impact on the Students!

Students will most likely become their parents.
Parents have the BIGGEST influence on their students.

What are we doing right now to encourage the parents? What are we doing to help the single parent or the uncle or grandparent with their student? These are questions we need to ask ourselves.

The average church only has 40 hours in a given year to influence a life.

The average parent has 3,000 hours per year to influence a life. (Think Orange)

“The greatest gift a church can give parents is the CONFIDENCE and COURAGE to do what GOD has wired them to DO.” –Reggie Joiner

For the longest time, I never thought about this. I only thought about the students but never realized how much a student could change if their mom or dad loved Jesus more.

Send your parents not only weekly emails about what’s going on in the Student Ministry but send emails encouraging them to continue to love and disciple their students.

Send your parents a mass text each week with an encouraging Bible verse or something that keeps them going!

Do you have a parent resource page on your website where parents can go to know of some websites that might help them disciple their student? Here is a sample one that we are still working on: http://teamchurch.com/pursuitparents/

Have a Facebook group for your parents where you can encourage them daily!
We must realize that if we impact the parents they in return can change their student’s life!

A student might not worship because they never see their dad get excited about worshipping but if you get that dad to see how important worship is then the student will see how important worship is.

We should want the parents to teach their student how to tithe, worship, read the Bible, pray, share their faith, and live for Jesus.

Find ways to constantly encourage your parents. It starts in the home. Students are born into the home not church.

How are you influencing your parents in your Student Ministry? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Are You On Social Media?

Are You On Social Media?
Are you ENCOURAGING your PARENTS to be on Social Media?

If we want to impact the student’s world, we have to get into their world! Just like we get on their turf by going to their games, we need to get on their turf when it comes to social media.

We can influence them greatly by being on social media! If you haven’t noticed these days, students are always looking down at the CELL PHONES. They are always on their phones.

We have an opportunity to IMPACT their world! It is crucial for an Instagram, a Twitter account, and for us to have a Facebook…still.

We should LIVE LOUDER than we PREACH!!

Let them see your family and a glimpse of your life! Use social media to encourage them to read Gods Word or to follow Jesus to the fullest! Encourage your parents to be on social media or at least to check their student’s social media accounts.

Encourage the parents in your student ministry to challenge their students to use social media for the GLORY of GOD! We must be INTERESTED IN, what they are INTERESTED IN! We must CARE about what they CARE about! By us not having social media we lose credibility, trust me on this one.

“When we have social media, they begin to realize He/She gets me or knows my world.”

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His WORD won’t RETURN VOID

Isaiah 55:11 “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me void (empty), but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Write this down on your music stand, podium, whatever you preach from so you don’t forget this!!
Before you get up remind yourself that GODS WORD wont RETURN VOID!! It’s the inspired Word of God that you preach from!!

The WORD you PREACH every week is having an EFFECT!!! Don’t ever think it isn’t!!
You may not see it at first but it is working in the lives of people!!

GODS WORD is and will ALWAYS be the BEST MESSAGE we could ever PREACH!!
Gods Word does what God wants it to!
Gods Word will not Fail!
God is a Promise Maker and a Promise Keeper!! He doesn’t need to pinky swear.
Gods Word is alive and active! (Hebrews 4:12)
Gods Word sets people FREE!!

Remember Gods Word CAN CHANGE HEARTS so always make GODS WORD come ALIVE because that’s what will TRANSFORM their LIFE!!
Someone once said, “The greatest sin in ministry is to bore people with the Bible!”

Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever!”

Keep preaching Gods Word!! You cant go wrong!!

It’s Monday, you could be preparing your message and remember Gods Word changed your life and it WILL CHANGE your students LIVES!!

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Student Pastors, Love Your Wife!

You have heard people say, “a HAPPY WIFE leads to a HAPPY LIFE” or “If SHE ain’t HAPPY then NO ONE is HAPPY” and this is soooooooooo true!

Just like we should make spending time with God a priority, we must make spending time with our wife a priority!! She needs to feel LOVED and feel as though she is more important than your ministry because she is!

If your MARRIAGE FAILS then your MINISTRY FAILS! Make DATING your WIFE a DISCIPLINE! Make LOVING your wife a PRIORITY! Put her on your prayer list not only to pray for her but so you remember her daily and how blessed you are to have her!! Write down special dates in your calendar so you don’t forget to remember days!

HAVE a DATE NIGHT

Pick a night during the week and make that date night for you and your wife. Don’t let anyone interfere with that night. If you have kids, hire a babysitter that night or if that is too expensive make a deal with another couple that you will watch their kids one night if you watch theirs one night. You and your spouse will begin to look forward to that night! We must be INTENTIONAL when it comes to our wives!

SPEAK her LOVE LANGUAGE

I, for the longest time didn’t know my wife’s love language! I was writing her a note instead of figuring out her love language was gifts and quality time. This will help you tremendously by allowing her to FEEL LOVED!

If you don’t know each other’s love languages set aside some time tonight to take the 5-minute test to discover what they are!

http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/

God wants you to LOVE your WIFE BETTER than you LOVE His!

Your students and children need to see how much you LOVE your wife and how important she is to you! Students especially need to see more couples who love each other and see examples of Godly dating/marriage!

Don’t let her question for a second that you don’t think she is important!

Ephesians 5:25
New International Version (NIV)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”

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Ministry is a PRIVILEGE!

Ministry isn’t the easiest job at all. It’s extremely messy because I’m a sinner dealing with other sinners. It takes a lot of prayer. It’s sometimes inconvenient and there are times that are very tough but this isn’t something that you should dread and it is something that you should look forward to every Monday morning!

Because…

Never forget that people are giving their lives around the world to do what we do!

Praise God every chance you get that He has given you the opportunity to carry His name and share His name.

We GET to share GOOD NEWS!

We GET to teach any student anything from GODS WORD!

We GET to help parents point their student to JESUS!

We GET to get PAID for it! (Even if it’s not that much)

We should not expect our society or the news media or the entertainment industry to honor us as we carry out our Lord’s commands.

“Ministry is not a right, it is a privilege. Its not about the messenger, its about the MESSAGE!” –James MacDonald

By nature we are not worthy to be called one of his children, let alone his spokesman or ambassador. Nevertheless he gives us that glorious privilege to serve him in this way.

Psalm 115:1
Not to us, Lord, not to us 
but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

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Keep Going

Ever feel like GIVING UP in Student Ministry??? You need a FOLDER!!!

Lets face it Student Ministry isn’t the easiest thing in the world! Sometimes, a student will get on your nerves or you get that parent email that makes you just want to throw in the towel. It’s not easy because we are sinners dealing with sinners.

But we ALL NEED to REMIND ourselves WHY we do what we DO!!
“To BRING students to JESUS who can CHANGE their LIVES!!”
There is MORE JOY in that than anything in this world!!

No student is ever worth you quitting over!!
No parent is ever worth you quitting over!!
No leader is ever worth you quitting over!!
No email or text is ever worth quitting over!!

 

SEEING one STUDENT meet JESUS for the FIRST TIME is worth years of MINISTRY!!

 

In times that you feel like giving up in Student Ministry, do this!!!

-Start a folder where you can collect emails, tweets, Facebook posts, notes, and cards of how God has changed lives in your Student Ministry

-Pull that email out from the parent who emailed you saying how God changed their student’s life!

-Pull out that hand written card a student wrote you saying how much of a difference you have made in their life!

-Look back at your Student Ministry and see what God has done and rejoice!!

-Pull out that tweet and Facebook post of how a student’s life was changed!!

You will encounter times of wanting to give up and when you do PULL OUT that FOLDER and remind yourself of why you entered ministry in the first place!!

This suggestion came from Doug Fields book, “Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry.” It is a must read!!

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