I was recently asked why the youth program at our church was so amazing. Between you and me, our youth ministry really isn't amazing. Numerically we are right there in the 10%-13% of big church attendance. Our program is fully mid-1990's, and the guy in charge used to be me. I may be a lot of things, but I am for sure not a pied piper when it comes to student ministry. I love students and love walking through this season of life and faith with them, but I feel awkward when I show up on campus, and struggle with one on one contact time. Two years ago I finally tapped out, and brought on an incredible couple to carry on our church’s student ministry tradition. And while I am no longer implementing our student ministry, I am overseeing it, championing it, and clearing the way for our student ministry directors to crush it!
As this parent and I talked, I began to reflect on his impression of our youth ministry and realized that our success in student ministry actually has little to do with me, and comes from the leadership of the church and lead pastor long before it comes from me.Read More