Month: June 2012

What kind of Student Pastor was I looking for?

I spent more than a year looking for a Student Pastor. Over that year-long journey, I sifted through about 300 resumes. It probably should have been more because we marketed this position in bursts. I’m also kind of one-tracked at times and when I was chasing down one particular candidate, I went into a holding patter with all the other candidates.

So why did it take so long? I think it was because I was looking for an extremely rare candidate. I knew going into it that this was probably going to take a long time. I’ve been serving along-side Student Pastors for well over a decade and honestly, I’ve only seen this type of Student Pastor one or two times. So, let me tell you what I was looking for.

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Adventures in Student Ministry: Part 3

So I’ve been writing about my Student Ministry Adventure over the past year (read my disclaimer on the linked page). Yesterday I wrote about the one aspect that I feel Student Ministry does better than any other ministry. Feel free to take a minute and catch up.

One of the beautiful things I’ve really enjoyed seeing in Student Ministry this last year is the high number of young men and women who are attracted to serve in Student Ministry. I think that Student Ministry has a “twenty year-old” magnet. I love young leaders and volunteers. I’d be curious to run a report to see the demographics, but I’d be willing to bet that less than 20% of the volunteers in our Kidmin are in their 20’s or younger, but the number of 20’s and younger in the Student Ministry is closer to the 40-50%. I love young leaders and volunteer. However, I’ve seen both the positive and negative ┬ásides of young leadership this year.

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Adventures in Student Ministry: Part 2

So I’m continuing this series about my Student Ministry journey this last year. Before you make any judgements or get upset, you can read my disclaimer here. I’m just a Kidmin guy who is leading an entire NextGen ministry and making observations.

Yesterday I wrote how I believe that if more Student Pastors led like Children’s Pastors, they’d be more successful. They’d be able to grow their ministries larger as they’ll be leading more effectively through a team of both staff and volunteers leaders as opposed to just one or a handful of people doing all the heavy lifting. Again, I’m not meaning to stereotype and please don’t think I’m painting broad strokes. I do know many Student Pastors how are very successful leaders. However, many of those same Student Pastors hace assured me that the stereotype is true.

I’m not sure if this is a trend or not, but I do know of a handful of large churches (more than 5000) who searched for a Student Pastor and gave up or put the search on hold because they were discouraged that the leader they were looking for didn’t exist.

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Adventures in Student Ministry: Part 1

Yesterday I posted about my journey of hiring a student pastor. I’ll say right now that I’m incredibly grateful to have someone coming in to take the reigns. I’m not sure I was built for Student Ministry. Ha! It’s a different animal all together for sure. However, I did want to write a little about what I experienced this last year. Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry seem to be worlds apart most of the time and I think it’s incredibly important that they become a little more in sync. So I hope to write about some of the things I’ve learned for everyone’s benefit.

Disclaimer: I’m sure that this post and some of the following posts will frustrate or make some people angry. If that is you, I think you’re reading into my posts. Understand the context please, I do love student ministry. However, my viewpoint is going to be fresh eyes from an outside perspective looking in. Also, please don’t think that I believe that we have everything together in kidmin, because that’s not the case either. Also, I understand that there are stereotypes and I’m certainly not making sweeping judgements about the entire industry. So, if you’ve got a bone to pick with me about anything I write, send me a message through my contact form and I promise, I’ll make it right. ­čÖé

Well, only about 2 months into my role in leading the student ministry here at Gateway, I learned that Student Ministry is far more like Kidmin than I thought. Sure, there are significant differences in the way that ministry is carried out in the lives of teenagers, but at the core of the ministry, the structure and strategy, the two can be nearly identical. However, I think that this is where things fall apart.

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Hiring a student pastor takes time

Well, I just ended a year-long search for a student pastor. The journey wasn’t for the faint of heart. Still being somewhat new in my role, it was the first time I’ve ever hired a student pastor. My world is and always has been Children’s Ministry, so I won’t kid you into thinking that I’m any kind of expert. However, I’ve been in ministry long enough to know what I was looking for and when I wrote down my criteria, I knew that I was in for a lengthy search.

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Orange Tour 2012/2013

Orange recently released the dates and locations of the 2012-2013 Orange Tour. I’m pumped for several reasons.

The Orange Tour is amazing. As much as I love attending the Orange Conference, I love bringing key leaders and volunteers to the Orange Tour. It is one of the biggest investments I make into my ministry and leaders every year. If you’re new to Orange and you are not sure what it’s all about, I encourage you to get to a tour location this year. Fly, drive or take a boat for all I care. You’ll spend a lot less than a regular conference, but you’ll get a heaping dose of Orange strategy that will certainly bring you up to speed.
I have a feeling about the tour this year.

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App of the week: Onlive Desktop

I’ll probably get blasted from Mac fanboys for even suggesting such an app, but I felt it’s worth writing about and many should find it very helpful.

A friend of mine, who happens to work for Apple, introduced me to Onlive Desktop as a great iPad app. When he showed it to me, I thought… this is amazing! Genius actually. Honestly, I’m surprised that it took as long as it did to get an app like this on the iPad. What am I talking about? Onlive Desktop virtually puts Windows 7 on your iPad… kinda.

I know, I know… the first mocking question: Why would anyone put Windows 7 on your iPad? I’ll get to that in a minute.

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Happy Father’s Day

We played this video at church today to celebrate Father’s Day. Hilarious! Enjoy and happy Father’s Day to all the other dads out there! Relax, have a great day and blow something...

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