We know that student pastors have a full to-do list. From writing lessons, planning games, connecting with students, planning events and weekly gatherings, letting people know about events, creating graphics, writing small group questions, to recruiting volunteers… the list goes on. It’s hard to effectively minister and connect with students while administrative and preparation work can literally be a full-time job. So, to make your load lighter, here are seven ways student pastors can use Ministry Pass.
We’ve heard it said that if you can teach to a room of middle schoolers, you can teach to anyone. It’s not easy to write a lesson that’s engaging, interesting, and deep. Ministry Pass takes this off your plate. With hundreds of teaching series, it’s easy for student pastors to find a pre-written series on any topic and make it their own.
For example, want to teach about Identity in Christ? Use a series like Who Are You? to connect identity to time in God’s presence. Want to teach your students about prayer? Help them learn how to pray like Jesus with a series like How to Pray. Ministry Pass has series about countless topics relevant to students today.
Small Group Questions
A teaching series is the first step, but what about a deeper discussion on the topic? Ministry Pass teaching series come with resources to help students and groups connect with the weekly lesson. For example, the series FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out comes with Small Group Questions, Illustrations, Talking Points, and Social Media Graphics to connect with students throughout the week.
Lesson planned? Check. Small group questions prepared? Check. What about a game to engage students, help them get to know each other, and create a welcoming, fun atmosphere? Ministry Pass has student pastors covered in this area as well!
With fun, unique games like Terrible Tacos, Balloon Pop, Cupside Down, and Minute Movie, student pastors can create a high energy, exciting atmosphere that will put new students at ease and give long-time attendees a fun way to enjoy time together. The planning is done, all you have to do is pick up the supplies.
Coordination and Recruiting
Do you have this week’s student gathering planned? Do you know the order of service? Are your volunteers ready to go and equipped with instructions? Ministry Pass has resources to help student pastors with these pain points.
A youth service cue sheet ensures the gathering runs smoothly, making it easy to plan transitions, worship sets, and small group and game timing. And if a student pastor doesn’t have volunteers to fill the necessary roles, student ministry job descriptions will serve as a starting point to recruit and train new volunteers.
Youth Sermon Calendar
Planning each week’s student gathering is important, but it only goes so far if it isn’t part of a larger, long-term plan. With Ministry Pass youth sermon calendars, student pastors will find a 52-week topical roadmap outlining a bird’s eye view of the entire calendar year. Don’t worry about covering all the right topics this year, we’ve got you covered.
Most student pastors will agree that one of the hardest parts of event planning is communicating all the details. No matter how thoroughly you communicate, parents and students will still have questions about location, timing, what to bring, and how to learn more.
Ministry Pass media bundles make it easy to promote and communicate details about your next Youth Lock-In, Back to School Party, Volunteer Meeting, Youth Barbeque, Senior Sunday, any week you have to cancel youth group, and more.
Got a guest speaker coming in to teach your group? Ministry Pass has resources available to make it easy and effortless. Student pastors can use a media bundle to announce the guest speaker, then make it easy for the guest speaker to prepare with a one-week sermon series like See You At The Party.
We want you, student pastor, to be able to connect with students and do what you do best. And that’s why Ministry Pass has hundreds and hundreds of resources available to student pastors to make life and ministry prep a little easier.