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5 Reasons Students Leave Their Faith

One of the most daunting tasks of a Student Pastor is to make sure their students continue their faith after high school. The stats are not hard to find, but I’m too lazy to look them up. But they’re there. And it’s staggering. Calling it an epidemic is not out of place. So the obvious question is why?

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LuvBuf 2012

I’ve had 3 posts sitting in my iPad for 2.5 months. Here is one regarding Xalt’s Sumemr Mission trip to Buffalo, NY…

This year we took our students to Buffalo, NY for our summer mission trip. We partnered with The Wesleyan Church of Hamburg and took part in their west side service project lovebuffalo.

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5 Indispensable Books for Youth Pastors

There are literally a ton of Student Ministry books and resources available. Maybe that’s because in our profession we deal with all sorts of situations and people. With so many to choose from it can be overwhelming and confusing. Nevertheless, if your Student Ministry bookshelf could only hold 5 books, these titles should provide a well rounded scope on some of the most common issues: Read the rest of this entry

5 iPad Apps For Youth Pastors

I prefer the words Student Pastor or Student Ministry, but that has yet to catch on in the “Youth Ministry” world – I’ll save that for another post. So until then, here are my 5 MUST HAVE iPad Apps for Youth Pastors (As of June 2012):

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What’s a Prezi?

David Drury

David Drury

David Drury, Executive Pastor at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Ind and co-author of Soul Shift, introduced me to Prezi a couple months ago. At that time I had no clue what a Prezi was and couldn’t have even told you the name. All I knew was his presentation was awesome and was unlike anything else I had even seen. Read the rest of this entry

Bad Pastor or Bad Leader?

At a Pastor’s Gathering last summer, keynote speaker Dr. Wayne Schmidt, Vice President at Wesley Seminary, said this:

              “There are no bad pastors, just bad leaders.”

After I raised my jaw from the floor, I started reflecting on my pastoral ministry. I realized there were aspects of my leadership that had to change. In order for Xalt to get where we needed to be, I needed to grow as a leader and a pastor. Read the rest of this entry

FUEL12 Day 2 PM Recap

A-Town A-List, as mentioned earlier, was the houseband at FUEL12 and they did an incredible job entertaining the room full of student pastors and workers. They were witty, funny, fearless, and sounded incredible. They led us in a  couple games where they gave away some pretty sweet stuff. Three lucky student pastors received a $1200 grant for their youth group while two other lucky student pastors won free FOLLOW ’12 t-shirts for their entire group! Here is A-Town A-List’s official promo video: Read the rest of this entry

FUEL12 Day 2 AM Recap

A-Town A-List was the FUEL12 houseband and they rocked the house. Dustin Ahkoui emceed the event with help from Stevsn Sheets. But more from them tomorrow. Our second day started with Kyle Idleman, our guest speaker. He took center stage and shared with us the purpose of his book, not a fan. not a fan examines Luke 9:23 word by word and looks at what it truly means to daily follow Christ. Read the rest of this entry

FUEL12 Day 1 Recap

FUELFUEL is a Youth Leaders convention held every 2 years for the Wesleyan Church. It is a time of refreshing, refocusing, networking for the student ministry pastors in the denomination. Friends are made and laughter is to be had. I look forward to it every time it comes around and this year was no exception. Read the rest of this entry

Xalt February Series: Relationship Status

Relationship Status

Relationship Status Bumper

This month at Xalt, our series is called Relationship Status – playing off the famous Facebook status. We are looking at outside pressures placed on our relationships and how they effect us personally focusing on this quote: Read the rest of this entry