On Understanding These Tech-y Times

By Charles Boyd | April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

. Technology has always been appreciated and celebrated by the adolescent community as well as those who lead them in ministry. Often times it is the appreciation of new technology that creates a special bond between the music ministry and student ministry. While new technology is greatly championed by teen culture, the life-span of an electronic item seems to get […]

On Communication With Staff

By Charles Boyd | February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

. The number one complaint from pastors regarding their student minister is: lack of communication. You think it would be skating off the hand rails in front of the sanctuary or backing the church van into the parking stop at BeefObradys wing house. But no, the top complaint from pastors or supervisors is the lack […]

On Seeing Parents As Teammates

By Charles Boyd | February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

. Student Ministry is not a game of “us” against “them”. The “us” being the students and their illustrious captain and leader and “them”  being the parents and gray hairs. Younger youth leaders have to fight the urge to view questioning parents as “them”. Sometimes even older leaders tend to overlook them in favor of a more compliant […]

On The Importance Of Knowing Names

By Charles Boyd | February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

. In small groups, strive to learn every students name as soon as possible. In larger groups this can be a challenge but doable. In huge groups, this may be impractical or nearly impossible. It should always be someone’s responsibility to KNOW the students name. So according to the size of ministry, if it is […]

On Using Multi Media

By Charles Boyd | January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

. When using video from a movie trailer, Youtube or other open source media, make sure you watch the WHOLE clip before incorporating it into your lesson. There are few glitches more embarrassing than a surprise on the big-screen. Never use media imaging just to appear relevant or cool. On the other hand, don’t hesitate […]

On Admitting Your Imperfections

By Charles Boyd | January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

. Staff, students and parents will all endear themselves to you much more readily if you can become comfortable with admitting failure. Your job does not demand perfection and you can not deliver it. People love to pull a perfectionist down, but they tend to root for the one they can relate to . . […]

On Personal Sanctification

By Charles Boyd | January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

. Prayer and daily alone time with the Father are the only hope you have to survive and thrive beyond the beginner stage (three years) of Student Ministry. And when you make it to that milestone, you will realize that prayer, daily alone time and volunteer leadership are the only way you will survive beyond […]

Reprinted article from Walt Mueller pushing back about Family Intergrated Youth Ministry

By Charles Boyd | December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Youth Groups Driving Christian Teens to Abandon Faith? . . . Some Issues. . . . Last week a friend posted a link to an article from Charisma magazine that was making the rounds in our youth ministry world. My friend wrote this:  “Have you seen this? I would love your thoughts. This study has been […]

Reading list for Student Ministry

By Charles Boyd | October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Preparing for Adolescence: How to Survive the Coming Years of Change:  Dr. James Dobson /The gold standard for preparing parents for the adolescent transformation.  This book will allow parents to become a resource to those with whom they work and have influence. Life On The Edge: Dr. James Dobson / Life on the Edge: The Next Generation’s […]

It’s a Tough Job

By Charles Boyd | October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Peacemaker Ministries reveals nearly 75 percent of ministers feel so mentally burned out that they regularly consider leaving the ministry, and 40 percent actually do leave the ministry in less than five years. Jonathan Grenz in the Journal of Youth Ministry, the career life expectancy of a youth minister is 7.8 years. Len Kageler, in […]

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Poker Boyd’s love for teens came through loud and clear with our students.  His life and ministry reflect his passion for youth ministry and we were the beneficiaries of his experience and expertise while he was with us. Poker is a man of deep conviction and focus; yet his message was clear and also easy for our students to grasp. Poker is the kind of youth ministry leader we want our students to meet.”   Roger Glidewell Founder, Executive Director Global Youth Ministry (formerly Sr. Student Pastor of FBC Orlando, FL)

We especially want to thank Charles Boyd for helping us through his Student Ministry Essentials consulting organization. What a blessing Poker has been to us during this season! He is a true, experienced professional who loves God and this church. We are grateful for his vision in creating this unique ministry and for being such a strategic help in preparing us for a greater future in student ministry. Student Ministry Essential truely was a consulting, empowering, encouraging, and equipping ministry for our students and student leadership.

Dr. Jay Dennis, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church at the Mall

Dr. Charles (Poker) Boyd is both an academician and practitioner in Student Ministry. As an adjunct professor for The Baptist College of Florida, he has excelled in both facets of the work. I recommend him to you for biblical, Godly, and practical leadership of students and student leaders.

Robin Jumper Ph.D. The Baptist College of Florida

Poker Boyd came and brought ALL of his resources with him: a servant’s heart, love for our students, encouragement for our parents, personal integrity, unbridled enthusiasm, and a contagious love for Jesus.

Dr. Phillip Hanes, Idlewild Baptist Church, Tampa, Florida

I have used SME for many youth ministry needs. But my favorite resource is the leadership training (Essential Seminars) designed for youth leaders. Poker uses his many years of experience, along with his knowledge of current youth trends, to effectively communicate to youth leaders how to reach teenagers in our world today.  Our youth leaders look forward to our yearly training weekend; to quote one of our leaders, “It’s more than a reminder, it’s like drinking a Red Bull full of youth instruction.”

Obrien Satcher, Student Pastor, First Baptist Church of Henderson TX

Blog Archive

EQUIP: Leadership, Lead Teams, and Longevity
By Charles Boyd | May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
Why Summer Camp Should Be on Your Student Ministry Calendar
By Charles Boyd | March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

For the past ten years, I have heard whispers questioning the validity of summer youth camp. As the whispers turned more frequently into questioning voices from passionate youth ministers, I felt a need to weigh-in on the subject. Camp or no camp? Unquestionably, all student ministry programming should be held to honest evaluation and scrutiny. […]

Seven Practices of Growing Student Ministries Deeper and Wider
By Charles Boyd | September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you have been around youth ministry very long then you have observed how some student ministries seem to grow wide but have little to show for it when it comes to growing deeply devoted followers of Christ. On the other hand, you may have noticed that some youth ministries grow spiritual roots deeper than […]

10 Habits of Highly Successful Student Ministers
By Charles Boyd | July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

What is it that makes some youth ministries more successful than others? Why do some stagnate, decline or fail while others grow healthy and numerically? Is there a collection of habits that successful or exceptional student ministers practice? In our survey and interviews we have found ten practices that stand out as doable and adaptable […]

By Charles Boyd | April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

How much of it do you have? According to The World Health Organization the United States ranks 36th in Life Expectancy out of 193 countries. This means the average male in the US can expect to live 78.3 years while females can expect to outlast their male counterparts to age 81.3. By contrast the average […]

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