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A Faithful Student Ministry Must Partner With Parents (Part 3)

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A Faithful Student Ministry Must Partner With Parents (Part 3) “If you don’t worship God in your home, then you will raise your children to be hypocrites.” These words were spoken to me by Chris Peeler, the pastor who married my wife and me. He made it clear that Christianity must be a part of… Read more »

A Faithful Student Ministry Must Partner with Parents (Part 2)

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A Faithful Student Ministry Must Partner With Parents (Part 2) My Dad owns a landscaping company. For as long as I can remember, I went to work with him and learned the family business. It began with pulling weeds and picking up sticks, then I learned to push mow, then run the weed eater and… Read more »

A Faithful Student Ministry Must Partner With Parents (Part 1)

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Mrs. Jordan said, “Eat your eggs and memorize your Bible verse.” I was a twenty-year-old-kid living in the home of a godly couple for a month while I took a summer-intensive course in college. My life was pretty simple. I woke up, ate breakfast while memorizing Bible verses (because she made me), went to class… Read more »

A Faithful Student Ministry Must Make Disciples (part 2)

by posted in CCYM, Education, Education & Training, Education & Training, Leadership Development, Resources & Training, Youth Ministry

The sign read “Ephrata.” My friends and I were traveling west on I-76, heading back to school after a last-minute trip to New York City. I had brought along John MacArthur’s classic, The Gospel According to Jesus. As I read about Nicodemus’ encounter with Jesus, I was struck afresh by the fact that Jesus is… Read more »

What You Must Do: A Faithful Student Ministry Must Make Disciples (part 1)

by posted in Crossings Center for Children and Student Ministry, Education & Training, Leadership Development, Planning & Programming, Uncategorized, Youth Ministry, Youth Ministry & The Family

“You need to get saved?!?” This was my youth pastor’s incredulous reply to me as I knelt at our church’s prayer bench in tears. Everyone thought I was a believer. I knew that my life was a sham. The Lord saved me that evening as a seventeen-year-old kid. A decade before that, like many Baptist… Read more »

Need help parenting? 3 Reasons to go to Southern Seminary’s Confident Parenting Conference

by posted in Crossings Center for Children and Student Ministry, Education & Training, Parenting, Resources & Training, Youth Ministry

“Daddy, will you ask your boss to let you come home early today?” Because we had enjoyed an extra special family night the evening before, my daughter wanted the special time to continue day and night. Obviously, I would love to stay home and play all day! My daughter’s sweet request has rung through my… Read more »

How to Capitalize on “Camp Highs”: A CCYM Summer Resource

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Summer is winding down, and soon all the students we have spent the summer building relationships with will head back to school. So, the question is: how do we best capitalize on the events of the summer to help our students make long-term, life-changing experiences, not allowing them to just have “camp-high” experiences? Raise an… Read more »