Youth ministry tools come in a variety of shapes and sizes. And as you have learned in this youth ministry training series, they are not always what you think they are. Traditionally when we think of tools we think of new technology or the latest youth ministry resources. But sometimes the best tools are ones that are much simpler, less obvious, and yet have an even greater impact. Today Buck will discuss one of these very tools in this episode of the Youth Ministry Training podcast from Youth Ministry Resources podcast as he talks about sharing your daily life with your students.
In this youth ministry training podcast, Buck shares how he believes one of the best youth ministry tools we have is trust. What does that mean? It means trusting and empowering your students and leaders to do ministry. This not only benefits you as your time is freed up to focus on things like your family, but also it brings the opportunity to expand the work that is going on and the impact that is taking place in your community. Plus, it also helps your leaders feel more valued and needed as they are empowered to be the student pastor of their small group. Not to mention how your students will feel as they are empowered to go out and reach their campuses and community for Christ and accomplish the big things they have always dreamed of.
Today we continue our journey in discussing the many youth ministry tools that you have at your disposal. And In this episode of the youth ministry training podcast from youth ministry resources we discuss a valuable yet often overlooked tool, that is your passion. Obviously as student pastors we are passionate about student ministry, but within that many of us have a specific passion. Our passion is that one part of our job that we love more than any other and gets us fired up more than anything else. We need to find that passion, or those few passions, and make sure we show our students how passionate we are. That way they can follow our example and find a passion in their lives as well.
Youth ministry training is designed to help you have the youth ministry tools you need as a student pastor but also to help ensure that you remain a student pastor for a long time. And this episode of the youth ministry resources podcast is designed to do specifically that. This is because in this training we discuss the importance of having leaders and how we can make sure those leaders are doing a good job. As you listen to this episode I encourage you to evaluate your ministry. Decide whether you have the leaders you need and whether you are using them as you should. And whether you feel you are doing well in these areas or not, consider ways that you can improve so that your ministry can be as effective as it can be and reach as many students as possible.
In this youth ministry training podcast from Youth Ministry Resources Buck wraps up the series on your youth ministry tools. And this one may be the most important of all. Because at the end of the day all students have one thing in common, they want to be loved. And as student pastors it is our job to make sure that our leaders and ourselves are showing students that love. Because regardless of their background, personalities, or decisions, all students deserve to be loved. Yes sometimes the best way we can show students love is to call them out on the choices that they are making, but all that matters is that we make sure our primary goal is to let students know how much we love them so that we can in turn show them a greater love, the love that God had for them by sending Jesus to die for them.
This youth ministry training podcast may help you realize something that is hard to believe, you have wisdom. It can be strange to think about because while most of us feel we are smart and talented, at least in certain areas, it seems a little arrogant and prideful to say that we are wise. But we do have wisdom because wisdom to me is just knowledge combined with experience. It is important for us to realize that we have this wisdom and help our leaders realize that they have it as well. Then, as you will see, it is even more important that we share this wisdom with our students so they are not getting all of their "wisdom" from the world.
In this new youth ministry training series Buck will be discussing the many youth ministry tools that you have at your disposal. And while we know that often when we think of these tools we think of the many youth ministry resources that we have at our disposal, Buck will be taking a different approach to show us some of the most important resources that we have in our ministry. Because while we definitely think sermons, games, curriculum, etc., are important, hence we offer them to you, we also know that there are many other important tools in our youth ministry toolbox that we need to make sure we are using wisely and effectively.
This youth ministry training podcast closes out our series on social media by helping you set boundaries when it comes to this new realm for youth ministry. In this episode Buck discusses some boundaries that you can set when it comes to social media as well why these boundaries are so important. Because as you will find, if you have not already, Social Media can be an incredible tool for us as student pastors but it can also be incredibly dangerous if we do not set clear boundaries.
In this youth ministry training podcast from Youth Ministry Resources, Buck continues our study on Social media by getting into how your youth ministry can use social media. Because while there are a lot of drawbacks and pitfalls to using social media, we do not feel it is something we can completely avoid or ignore. Because as you will find out, there are some great opportunities to promote our ministries, connect with our students, and reach out to our churches for assistance that are more quick, affordable and possibly effective than other options we have had in the past.
In this youth ministry training podcast Buck finally gets to what you have been waiting for. He discusses some ideas about how we can and should respond to social media so that this phenomenon does not destroy our students lives spiritually, emotionally or any other way. Buck gives some specific strategies about how to go about this, but more importantly, we want to hear from you and hear how you are responding to social media in your youth ministry.