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GUEST POST: 5 Reasons Your Student Ministry May Never Grow

 —  January 29, 2012 — 5 Comments

We often discuss church growth or student ministry growth. This is a topic of conversation for good reason, because we all are interested in building our student ministry. Here are a few reasons why your student ministry may never grow:

  1. Lack of Prayer — This is the biggest part of growth. You must daily pray and ask God to build your student ministry. You must be praying for your ministry to grow. Do not expect any growth (or perhaps the wrong kind of growth) if you are not daily praying over your ministry. Bathe it in prayer, and trust God for the growth.
  2. Lack of communicating clear vision — This is often times that the biggest problem with growth. You have to regularly communicate vision to the people. It must constantly be in front of the people. Then, you must live out the vision. “If your church does not know where it is supposed to be, then, they will attempt to go everywhere and eventually wind up nowhere.”
  3. Leadership — Ultimately, it could be a reflection on YOU. Make sure you are a passionate leader. Make sure you are living the Word. Make sure that you are carrying out the vision and communicating it clearly to your people.
  4. Selfishness — This can be a reflection upon leadership and the people. Sometimes, God may want to take the church in a place where you do not want to go, but you are still responsible for going in that direction. Do not be selfish and want the church to be what you want. Also, your people must not be selfish in trying to create the church that they want to have. It is not about us, but all about Him.
  5. Energy — If you fill the leadership with energy-less people, you will create a energy-less congregation. Be energetic and passionate, and the congregation will follow suit. Create a load of energy every service for the people to desire to come back.

Let’s make sure that we are doing everything that we can to grow our ministry!

Josh Evans is the student pastor at Union Grove Baptist Church in the Winston Salem, NC area. He has been a mentor and pastor to students for 4 years. You can connect further with Josh on his blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.

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5 responses to GUEST POST: 5 Reasons Your Student Ministry May Never Grow

  1. Not a fan of this blog post. I’ve led big youth ministries and small ministries and to say that a person’s ministry doesn’t grow because 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 things is immature. I see from your blog that you have been working with students for 4 years, to be writing a blog about student ministry growth and basically condeming other ministers for not following your 5 rules is more of an inexperience on your part. You need to keep your fellow ministers in prayer.

  2. @Noah,
    I’m disturbed by your critical spirit. If you’re carefully re-read the blog post, you’ll see that Josh is neither claiming to be an expert nor giving a prescriptive list of how to grow your ministry. It’s obvious that his heart is to share Biblical truths that are foundational for healthy growth within any ministry, not only students. Can you seriously argue that a ministry can or should grow with a lack of prayer? How about a lack of communicating clear vision? I’m sure if you re-examine his article you’ll find that it’s not a list of do’s and don’ts but rather a Biblically based diagnostic tool to encourage leaders to return to the basic of Scriptural growth.

  3. Malehale, critical spirit?

  4. Malehale

    I believe you are now being crit

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