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Youth Ministry Resources | 5 Ways To Find & Keep More Small Group Leaders

We all know the real secret to success for any student pastor is the ability to recruit incredible adult volunteers and small group leaders. While you as a student leader do an incredible amount of work to make your ministry a great place for your students, we all know that none of it would be possible without a team of small group leaders and volunteers dedicated to pouring into your students on a regular basis. But sometimes finding those people can be difficult. You don’t just want anyone leading your students so how knowing how to find, recruit, and keep awesome small group leaders and volunteers is essential. Check out some tips from our friend Joseph Sojourner on how to bring in more amazing small group leaders to your student ministry.

5 Ways To Find & Keep More Small Group Leaders

  1. Ask your current leaders.
    If you have incredible leaders already serving, chances are they have incredible friends. Look to your current leaders for recommendations for new leaders. Ask your great leaders to give you the name and number of a friend they think would be a great addition to your student ministry.
  2. Ration your requests.
    One of the biggest hesitations people have about signing up to volunteer is time. In other words, they’re worried you’re going to ask too much of them. Keep this in mind when recruiting small group leaders and ration out the requests you make of them. Let them know up front what’s expected of them as a small group leader—weekly obligations, meetings, major events, outside commitments—and then limit your additional requests to be aware of the time and sacrifices they’re making.
  3. Don’t make them go it alone.
    One of the best ways to set your leaders up for success is to partner them together to lead. Pairing up your leaders to co-lead with one another allows them to share the load and support each other along the way. It also allows the leaders to form a bond with one another, growing together spiritually as they walk through life with their students.
  4. Make it easy.
    This is key to keeping your small group leaders a part of your student ministry for years to come. And this one falls solely on your team! Make it easy for your small group leaders to lead by doing what you can do ahead of time to set them up for success. Prepare early, do the work, give them the materials, and over communicate. Your leaders are there to lead so don’t let them get bogged down in the details. Do what you can to communicate and give them what they need so they can simply focus on their relationships with the students.
  5. Give them encouragement.
    Your leaders are the hands and feet of your student ministry. Sometimes that means doing the fun stuff like showing up at a football game or taking a group to the movies. And other times that means doing the hard stuff like walking with a student through the death of a family member or having hard conversations about bad choices. That’s why the best thing you can do is provide a constant source of support and encouragement to them as they serve. Choose the best encouragers on your team to meet regularly with your small group leaders. Cheer them on and let them know you see and value what they do. Happy leaders are not only more likely to stay, but they’re more likely to invite others to lead, too!
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The “Yes” of Easter

He said “yes” to sending His Son…

Bold and brave and entirely human,

to live among us.

Us, being the ones who were lowly and small. Self seeking and fixed on the offerings of the world instead of the One who met us here.

He said “yes”…

to coming down from heaven,

to feel what we feel,

to hurt where we hurt,

to be tempted amongst the people He would soon sacrifice to love in entirety, for eternity.

 

He said “yes”…

to bearing our faults, mess ups, accusations, brokenness and sinful nature.

 

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyoneHebrews 2:9

 

As we prepare to remember and rejoice in just a couple of weeks, what do you really believe?

Are you believing that this is true? That heaven really bent low to lower our Savior?

A Savior that was fully human and Who walked among the people He so desperately loved.

A Savior that cares for your every need, thought, action, and prayer. He sings with you when your days are good and light. He is also the comfort of a friend. One that mourns with you and breaks with you.

 

Sunday is coming…the day that changed everything.

The day where death was defeated.

The day victory tore a veil of separation and replaced it with an un-expiring invitation.

 

…and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished- he did it to demonstrate righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:24-26

In these next couple weeks, I would challenge you to do these couple things…

 

1) Spend time reading about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

And then spend some time with Him. Tell Him your every need. Ask Him for the advice you can’t seem to get. Thank Him for what He gave on your behalf.

Trust that He is bigger than what stands in front of you taunting you, questioning you, intimidating you.

 

2) Say “Yes” this Easter.

If you aren’t already, find a way to serve at your church this Easter.

You have the Hope of the world stored away in your heart, and other people need to hear about Him.

You can be a part of that! I’m sure your youth pastor can find you a place to serve that day.

 

…they paid me for that shameless plug. Just kidding!

It’s honestly one of the most amazing things to be loving others while celebrating the days God showed us the depth of His love.

 

I would love to hear from you! What do you want to focus on this Easter?

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Youth Ministry Resources | Tips for Stage Design On A Budget

One of our favorite things about the first night of camp at BigStuf each week is the big reveal of our set and stage design for the summer. Our team works incredibly hard to create a new and unique environment each year that both reflects the theme of camp and engages students with excitement. We want to help you do the same right where you are!

No matter the size of the stage or the scope of your budget, we think you can create an incredible design for your student ministry. Read on for tips from our technical director Jonathan Amacher on how to make the most of your design on a budget.

6 Tips for Stage Design On A Budget

1 – Dream first, implement second.
Often times when I’m designing a stage, I don’t try to design with the constraints of what we have available in mind. Dream up an idea first—think big! Then see if and how you are able to accomplish it. Don’t be disheartened if the first or second idea doesn’t work. It’s a chance to not only exercise your creativity in design, but in problem solving as well!

2 – Collaborate.
Don’t be afraid to invite others in to the design process. You never know where you’ll find a new idea or who will have an awesome perspective to add. Bounce ideas for your design off your lead pastor, friends, church staff, interns… even my mom has had some great ideas along the way!

3 – Shop test.
Try your ideas out on a small scale before you commit to buying the bulk of your supplies. Things don’t always work out as intended, and it’s better to discover what will and won’t work before you blow your budget on it.

4 – Do the homework.
Put in a little research to find out what your gear is capable of and make sure you’re getting the best out of what you have. Often times I find that I’m only getting half the potential of out of the gear I use. As boring as it may sound, a quick Google search and scan of a product manual can give you loads of insight.

5 – Appreciate, but don’t imitate. It’s very easy to implement someone else’s design in to your own set. Sometimes this can work out great if you’re in a bind or time crunch, but try not to fully depend on imitating someone else’s plan. You won’t get the biggest impact out of implementing a design that wasn’t created for your specific program. Look at the individual aspects of a cool design you like and figure out how to implement those things in to your venue or design.

6 – Design with intention.
Before I even start a design, I like to talk with the people creating and executing the content of the program (worship leaders, hosts, speakers, video editors). I try to find out if there’s anything I can do to help them get where they need to go design wise. These conversations often serve as a springboard for my creativity and help me kick off the design process heading in the right direction.

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5 Stage Presence Tips Before You Step On Stage

As student leaders, sometimes we get so bogged down in the details of what we have to do to make Sundays successful that by the time we actually get to Sunday, we’ve forgotten to take the time to think about what we’re going to do when we actually step on to the stage. Whether you’re giving a talk or giving an introduction, your presence on the stage is important, and you want to make sure you’re making the most of it each and every time.

When it comes to stage presence, we consider our friend Joseph Sojourner the expert in the field! Whether he’s sharing a message, closing out a session, or just gearing everyone up for a good time (Piñata Party, anyone?), he does a great job of being prepared to take the stage to lead students. So we asked him to give you just five things he keeps in mind before stepping on stage in student ministry. Check them out below!

5 Stage Presence Tips Before You Step on Stage

  1. Cast the vision.
    Every time you step on stage, remind yourself and your students of the vision of your ministry. That’s the heart of your ministry, and it’s important to keep that in the forefront of your mind. Instead of giving announcements or reminders, give vision. Remind students what your ministry is about and how all the things you have going on fit into that vision.
  2. Stay humble.
    The opportunity to stand in front of students in any capacity is a privilege, and that’s something I think about each time I step on stage. It’s a humbling feeling to know that God has given me the chance to speak to students about Him, and I don’t want to forget that. Remember to be humble enough to know that you don’t deserve the stage, but confident in knowing that God chose you to do it.
  3. Know where you’re going.
    There should be a goal—an ultimate destination—every time you step on stage. Where are you trying to go? What do you want students to get from the night? What’s the ultimate win? Know where you’re going each time you step on stage and keep that goal in mind.
  4. Remember to relax.
    While your words hold the most weight, believe it or not even your movements matter on stage. Think about your body language and remember to relax a little bit! If you’re stiff and uncomfortable on stage, your students will know. And they’ll instantly disconnect. Remind yourself to stay loose, relaxed, and just be who you are!
  5. What am I made to say?
    Remember that you have a message to deliver to students, and that message is the amazing, unconditional love of God. Always remember that no matter what other things you might have to say on stage, that saying what you’re made to say is the most important thing you can do for you students.
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Between Your Own Two Feet

I feel your pain. Midterms, spring sports, cravings for that spring break that has either come and gone or seems too far away.

The weather is teasing you and making you dream of our days on the beach, sharing a hotel room at the Boardwalk, in just a few months!

But you’re not there yet. You’ve still got a few weeks. Maybe you’re already feeling checked out, done. With everything. People, homework, sports…

Maybe the reason you’re feeling that 3rd quarter slump is because you’re in this season where it feels like there’s little excitement. Your flame might be dwindling since camp, since the beginning of the new school year, since Christmas break.

Your flame might also be dwindling in your spiritual life, the life we live with Jesus.

Your flame might be dwindling because you have a lot of questions and few answers.

I’m right there with you.

 

I heard something amazing this last weekend, and especially in this season I think it can relate to all of us.

You go where you’re sent, and you stay where you’re put, and you give what you’ve got until you’re done.

– Jill Briscoe

 

Jaw drop, heart slump, wide eyed emoji.

 

It might be heard to hear, hard to accept, but sometimes our 3rd quarter slump can mean that we have forgotten to give it all we’ve got until we are done.

Especially when it comes to our mission field. Not our mission field that is the week long trip in the summer, the mission trip overseas. No, I am talking about a different mission field. The one that may have been forgotten or glazed over while watching Stranger Things for the 7th time.

 

There’s a mission field that lies in the space between our own two feet.

 

What are you doing about it?

How are you loving your friends? How are you loving your sibling(s)?

How are you respecting your parents? Your coaches? Your teachers?

How are you filling yourself up to the brim so that love overflows into the lives of those around you?

You are planted where you are for a reason.

That reason might not be pretty, easy, or Instagram worthy, but it’s really important.

 

Paul writes to the city of Corinth, in the book we know as 1 Corinthians, encouraging them to keep pressing on for the work they are doing won’t be in vain.

What I love about this book in the Bible is that Paul was writing answers back to the Corinthians for all of their questions. He answers their questions, encourages them and leaves them with what I am going to share with you.

I think it’s something that we can hold onto today, even when that 3rd quarter slump has us feeling drained and lacking in motivation.

 

Therefore, by dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let NOTHING move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58

 

As you pray this week, show up to practice, sit in class…think about the place God has planted you. The place He knew and believed and trusted you to influence.

He made no mistake in landing you where you are.

He knows there are people around you desperately needing the same hope and love that you have stored deep.

He’s asking you take that space between your own two feet and love it with all you’ve got.

What are we going to do about it?

 

Share in the comments below with questions or comments about your personal mission field!

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Middle School Youth Ministry | 4 Tips For Speaking To Middle School Students

Fact: keeping a middle schooler’s attention is tough. Social media has trained them to believe that the best content lasts only about 15 seconds. Television programming has them switching the scene every 30 seconds. Their teachers are even trying to accommodate by changing the activity every 10 minutes. But we as student pastors are still trying to keep the attention of hundreds of middle schoolers at a time with stylized monologues and sermons that can last up to 45 minutes! Something’s just not adding up!

We turned to Britt Kitchen, middle school ministry director at one of North Point Ministries’ Atlanta area campuses, for tips on communicating to middle school students. His biggest advice? Keep the talks under 15 minutes and change topics often, shifting from tension to truth to application to small group set up about every four minutes. Read on for a few other tips from Britt to keep in mind next time you’re communicating with your middle school students.

4 Tips For Speaking To Middle School Students

  1. You are not the wise sage on the mountain. You get things wrong in life all the time, right? Who doesn’t? Share those moments from stage to model for your students that it’s okay to share their faults during group. Too many times I hear a speaker tell their bottom line and then use the Scripture to back up what they’ve said. But remember, the Scripture is the source of wisdom—not you! A better approach is to provide a situation that your students can identify with, a time when you may have gotten something wrong along the way. Then share a Scripture that helped you know what was right and the principles and truth you learned from it. Make God and His word the heroes of the story.
  2. You are a strange adult-student hybrid. You are Tom Hanks in Big (and if you don’t know what that is, stop what you’re doing and go watch that movie. You won’t regret it. Go on… I’ll wait!). I often laugh at myself on stage when I catch myself using phrases like, “All of us middle schoolers know…” or “Being in middle school is so hard, right?” Guys, I’m not in middle school anymore, and neither are you! But our jobs are to identify with our students in such a way that they can relate to the situations, dilemmas, and applications that we’re talking about from stage. We have to find the balance between middle school student and adult leader. Use examples they can relate to and avoid the ones they can’t understand yet—ones that include adult things like driving, voting, and having kids. Embrace your position as adult-student hybrid to tell stories they can relate to as students and give wisdom that comes from your life as an adult.
  3. You are a locomotive of focus. You’re a coal-breathing train driving down a rail of focus undeterred in your journey to the ultimate destination—your bottom line! You don’t acknowledge distractions in the room because you know that will make them an even bigger distraction to derail focus. This past Sunday during a service I had a group of boys rough housing in the back, a student in the front row get up to go to the bathroom, a leader spill his coffee on three nearby students, and another student try to perform a masterpiece tune by crinkling a soda can. Potential distractions? Yes! Did I notice? Of course! But did I call attention to them? Not at all! I had my freight train eyes fixed on the bottom line and moved full steam ahead towards it.
  4.  You are a broken record. “Haven’t I said this before?” Have you ever found yourself thinking that during a talk? If you have, believe me when I say that’s a good sign! It means you’re finally getting to the point where students are beginning to hear it. Your points have to be repeated again and again for people to take them to heart. Couple that with the fact that your students attend your program on average once every three to four weeks, the more you repeat yourself, the better chance your students will have recalling them. A yearly cycle of principles with different creative packaging, visuals, and illustrations is a great approach to help your students take your messages to heart.

 

We hope you found these tips helpful as you continue to lead your middle school students into a relationship with Jesus!

Team BigStuf

 

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3 Tips to Stay Within Your Youth Ministry Budget

When the work of creating your student ministry budget for the year is finally done, you can kick your feet up and rest assured that the hard part is over, right? Not so much. While developing your budget can be hard, sometimes sticking to it can be even harder! Instead of waiting for the unexpected expense, budget cut, or general overspending, why not try and set yourself up for success in advance? Check out some wisdom from BigStuf’s Chelsea Pettis. Here are just three easy things she suggests you do to help stay on track and within your student ministry’s budget.

  1. Ask for administrative help.
    Recruit someone who loves all things Excel, details, numbers, and logistics to help you follow your spending. They’ll be the person to track all the actual dollars spent, manage all your upcoming deadlines, and track down that missing money from parents—you know, all the fun parts of student ministry budgeting! Having one person designated to watch all your dollars will save you the stress while still ensuring your ministry stays on budget.
  2. Check in.
    Keep tabs on where you are in your budget throughout the year by checking in with your finance or accounting team. Request periodic financials from your finance team or track your budget in Excel if you don’t have a team helping keep your records. Ease yourself in by starting with quarterly reports. Check in on your budget at the end of each quarter and take a look at what your income and expenses look like compared to your annual budget. Are you on track? What adjustments might you need to make to stay within your budget? Checking in on your budget throughout the year will help you be accountable to staying on track.
  3. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines.
    Don’t procrastinate! Late fees are real, my friends! Help yourself avoid unnecessary payments by creating deadlines for each event and project. Think through the details of each major thing on your calendar. When do you need to book your venue? How long does it take to design and print a poster? When do parents need to turn in deposits? Figure out all your major deadlines ahead of time and then build in another week or two to create a buffer for your budget. If you go ahead and build in room for delay, you’re less likely to end up without the money when you really need it! The most important part of deadlines? Sticking to them! Deadlines are designed to help you stay ahead so take them seriously and try not to let one pass without being met. Believe me when I tell you that by incorporating just a couple of these things, you’ll avoid the headache of overspending or coming up short when it comes to your budget.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you plan within your budget this year!
Have a great week!
Team BigStuf

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Find Your Filter…

Have you ever looked at something through your favorite pair of sunglasses and it looked SO GOOD that you took out your iPhone? Swipe right and get to that camera before the light changes.

You look at the picture later and realize that your sunglasses gave you a filter that made the dead, brown leaves look gold. It made the flowers shimmer and the clouds look like they were popping out of the sky.

The picture wasn’t nearly as good looking as what you saw through your sunglasses. You might feel slight disappointment it isn’t as Instagram worthy as you thought.

We can be looking at the same thing but see it differently, even the sky.

We can have filters on people, the world, and even God…but the filter we use matters.

It doesn’t matter so that we can get the most number of likes or shares or mentions or be affirmed that our view is the best view, the best perspective, the best outlook. It matters because our filters affect the condition of our heart.

 

Romans 12:2 says it clearly…

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

No filter brings you to this place. The place of understanding the will of God or what is good or what is perfect. This place is found in uncovering what we mask with our filters, what we make look prettier than reality and therefore unattainable.

Jesus came down from heaven, took your place, and redeemed you as enough so that you can be the light in a culture that thrives off of a multi point check list and a perfectly filtered social media feed.

 

What would happen if we kept going to God for the renewal of your minds?

What would happen if you opened your journal instead of Netflix?

What would happen if you spoke with kindness instead of the negativity that’s trending?

What would happen if you let God’s truth seep deeper than the lies that you have to be enough for the world or that others have to be enough for you?

 

Here are three things that you can renew your mind with the truth of God and the honoring reality that He is using you to give other people hope…

1) Read and Pray Romans 12:2- open your journal, read this verse, and pray that God would give you the desire for His will and the renewal of your mind. There’s something crazy that happens when we are willing to surrender our agenda to a good God.

2) Don’t Open Instagram or SnapChat- don’t worry, I don’t mean forever! The challenge for this one is to hang out with a friend but leave your phone face down…just for ONE hour. Give them your full attention, talk about something else other than the pug picture everyone is tagging you in.

3) Change Your Language- if your circle of friends is one that naturally talks about other people, maybe in a negative way, be the one to redirect the conversation. We never know what other people are going through, what their home life looks like, how they might negatively view themselves already and YOU could be the one that gives them a compliment, encourages them, or makes them see themselves through the filter of God’s heart for them.

 

Have a question or topic you want Celeste to write about? Leave her a comment below!

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Youth Ministry Resources: 5 Ways to Promote Your Christian Youth Ministry Event

You’ve put in all the work, done all the planning, and finalized all the details to make your next student event one of the best yet. But then comes the biggest challenge of all: how do you make sure your students come? Figuring out creative and effective ways to promote your student events can be a challenge. But thankfully, we have student ministry expert Gerald Fadayomi in our corner to help us out. Check out some tips from Gerald, high school groups director and communicator at one of North Point Ministry’s Atlanta area churches, on how to successfully promote your next student event. 

5 Ways to Promote Your Youth Event

  1. Meet them where they are. Don’t try to promote your event through channels your kids aren’t using. Promote where your students are to get the best response. Students today are using social media more than ever. Instagram, Snapchat, even Musicly (mostly for middle school students) are great places to promote. And they’re fun! You can get creative with it and have a little fun in the promotion process.
  1. Find your few. Every student group has those few dedicated students who really love to take ownership and get involved. Find your few and let them do some of the promotion for you. Give them leadership in the process and the freedom to come up with some ideas of their own. Maybe even give them a role to play in the event—something they’re excited to tell their friends about. Students who are on board and bought in to the event will be the best resources to get other students to feel the same.
  1. Go old school. In an overly digital world, old school promotion tactics stand out more than ever. Try a little snail mail or even a 4×6 flyer for students to hand out to their friends at school. Have someone on your team (or even a creative student!) design the flyer and get it printed at an affordable rate on a site like primaflyers.com. While you don’t want these old school ideas to be your sole promotion tactics, they’re definitely worth incorporating in your overall promotion strategy.
  1. Partner with parents. It’s always important to keep parents informed and engaged with what’s happening in your student ministry, but it’s especially important for those middle and early high school students who can’t yet drive themselves to your events. Make the most of your interaction with parents and get them on board for your event. Send an email, give them a call, and even ask them to help out at the event as needed. Invite the parents in your ministry to truly be partners in promotion.
  1. Talk about it early. Build anticipation for your event by talking about it a month or two in advance. Make a point to share it on social media and announce it from stage for several weeks to not only create a sense of excitement around the event but also to keep reminders fresh on your students’ minds. You have their attention every week so use some of that time to your advantage and get the hype going around your event.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you plan and promote your next student event! Have a great week!

Have a great week!

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My BigStuf Story…

I remember the words to this day.

My now friend, then boss, Abi was sitting across from me cutting something out of paper. Probably hundreds of one particular item. And she said it,

 

“If you’re looking for something new this summer, you should apply for BigStuf.”

But how could I? 

 

I didn’t want to leave my church. I didn’t know how I would fundraise to be able to go. I had only experienced one night of BigStuf in my entire life and was terrified of making a decision off of one first impression and a handful of recommendations.

What if my experience wasn’t a good one? What if I didn’t fit in?

What if, what if, what if…

 

I went on the website later that night and downloaded the intern application for summer 2014. That was as far as I got. I let it sit on my desk until the first week of December.

Then I opened an e-mail. It was from the intern coordinator at the time. She was reminding me of the application deadline and ended with…

 

“I look forward to seeing your application!” 

 

I immediately e-mailed her back and told her I was behind in school and I was going to take summer classes so I wouldn’t be applying for BigStuf after all.

The next day, I was driving to work and I felt like God was nudging me.

This opportunity was something I couldn’t pass up; something I shouldn’t pass up. What was the harm in applying and just seeing what happened? Even if I was accepted I didn’t have to take it.

I e-mailed her back and told her I would be applying.

I ended up applying within the last two weeks before the deadline.

I ended up getting the internship, which to this day I still don’t even understand.

Side note: Literally one minute before my Skype interview I got a horrific bloody nose and was LATE, my video was THE WORST thing I ever created and it can’t be found on the internet anywhere anymore, and I felt all my answers to all the questions were half hearted and hard to follow.

 

But then I got the call. Then I said yes. Then I went.

That began my BigStuf Story…ironically, the 2014 theme.

 

That summer forever changed my life. It changed my life so much that I wanted to do it again. I was asked back as a summer staff member for 2015 and I was honored. That summer I saw another side of BigStuf, there was a ton of hard work to do but I also had the flexibility to have real and honest conversations with leaders and students. I heard incredible stories of God working in people’s lives. It made me reflect back on my own life, my own story, and rest in the reality that I really don’t have it all figured out but God most definitely does.

When I came home in August of 2015, I was entering into my senior year of college, and I was offered a full time position with my church in Colorado Springs. Those running the students environment were willing to put me on a stage and let me learn and risk as I shared about Jesus with high school students. This felt like a dream come true. I had watched speakers at BigStuf for two years and my biggest prayer in this new opportunity is that God would make something stick for the 15-30 students in the room listening each week. Each series I’ve done has weirdly been something I am going through myself. I was able to talk about things like conflict, doubt, prayer, insecurity and when faith feels dry, but that even amongst everything hard and difficult…Jesus is worth following.

I felt strongly that God was asking me to be here, but at the same time my heart was for students and I couldn’t brag enough about the spaces BigStuf created for God to do wonders in their lives. I had the privilege of periodically writing for BigStuf’s blog before, and have recently re-entered the arena as a committed writer, which is incredibly honoring for me.

I tell you all of this because I want to connect with you. I wish that I could sit across the table from you and hear all about your life and your questions and your wildest dreams for your generation and for the world. Though that would take a lot of time and airplane tickets, so I would love for you to leave me a comment below about things that YOU want to hear. Maybe you have questions about faith or why Netflix asks you if you’re still watching or even this years BigStuf theme. This blog is essentially FOR you and I would love to write about things that speak to your lives and your hearts instead of me just trying to put myself in your shoes.

So, don’t be shy! Let me know what would be helpful, inspiring, even essential for you to hear relating to questions about faith, or being a student/leader living out your faith in a world that might tell you that you don’t fit in, or why the filters we have change the way we live.

I am looking forward to journeying with you,

Celeste Elizabeth