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8 Keys To Starting a Youth Ministry From Scratch

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8 Keys To Starting a Youth Ministry From Scratch

Starting anything - especially a ministry from scratch - can be a challenging and almost overwhelming task. Having made the journey of really starting two student ministries from scratch here are a few principles that I have found transferable no matter the size of your church or culture of your town.

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Lessons In Cultivating Student Leadership

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Lessons In Cultivating Student Leadership

Long before I attended bible college, or even before I was called into ministry, I was a high school student that was given the opportunity to serve as a student leader. It was during those years and through those experiences that I fell in love with youth ministry. When I look back on that time serving in my youth group, I can see how that responsibility, along with the trust and guidance of my youth pastors, developed and molded the person I am today. Now as a youth pastor myself, I've chosen to lead and nurture my students using a similar template.

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The Rockstar Mentality

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The Rockstar Mentality

A lot of people grow up dreaming to be a rock star. These days, the term rockstaris applied to much more than it was in the days of eighties bands.  Now, athletes can be rock stars, movie stars can be rock stars, computer and software designers can be rock stars. The rock star life can be emulated. 

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The "Not-So-Savory" Art of Recruiting

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The "Not-So-Savory" Art of Recruiting

I found myself sitting in a leadership discussion surrounding the topic of managing volunteer leaders.

Inevitably, the “elephant” in the room decided to plop down and make himself known into the conversation. 

“How do we recruit leaders?”

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