Three Types of Lies

By Charles Boyd | September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
types of lies

  When it comes to being truthful, we naturally check the box that says “Always.” Why is it so important to always be truthful? Is it as simple as because it is the right thing to do? If so, then why is it so easy to tell lies? Consider four reasons to be an automatic […]

Communicating with Your Supervisor

By Charles Boyd | August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Keeping your supervisor abreast of your vision and plans can save you a lot of time and frustration. Think of the time you spend Informing and sharing as an investment account that grows over time. It may be only duty in the beginning but eventually, it grows into something worth a great deal. You not […]

Floodlights and Spotlights

By Charles Boyd | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Floodlights and Spotlights

Some students naturally shine when they walk through the door of your student room. Their personality, appearance or verbal skills make them stand out from the crowd. Others will shine through athletic or academic achievements at school or travel competition. Many students, however, will only shine when they have the opportunity to use their gifts […]

Why So Serious

By Charles Boyd | July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

While the work of student ministry is serious business, you don’t want to take yourself or your circumstances too seriously for too long. Three reasons: First, things never stay the same for very long so why get too accustomed to it or spend too much time lamenting it. Learn from it, take a minute to study […]

Ministry by the Numbers

By Charles Boyd | June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
by the numbers

Every ministry must give attention to numbers. Why? Because data gives you a snapshot of where your successes and challenges are developing. You don’t have to be numbers-driven to be affected by numerical data. If your numbers go up, you feel confident. If numbers go down you start questioning the game plan. Very few ministries […]

Curriculum: Choose Wisely

By Charles Boyd | June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Who’s job is it to research, evaluate and select bible curriculum for your student ministry? In most student ministries the youth pastor is responsible for recruiting, training and nurturing small group leaders who teach biblical truth and exhibit a Christian lifestyle. The tools you select to assist your volunteers and yourself matter a great deal. […]

Personality and Student Ministry

By Charles Boyd | June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Personality Shadow

Every church and every student ministry has its own personality. Some are known for their friendly disposition while others are known for their generosity and big heart towards missions. Some are community-minded while others appear more separated. In large ministries, even grades can have a distinct personality. I once had an extraordinarily large eighth-grade boys […]

Take Notes, Son

By Charles Boyd | May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Guest Post By: Jarred Boyd   I think us new guys on the youth ministry scene tend to treat all those who’ve paved ways before us like Coach Brickma from Rookie of the Year (the coach in that clip, who for some unknown reason was a MLB pitching coach). There’s a fad (which I love […]

Create A Watchtower Ministry

By Charles Boyd | May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

 . Make your ministry a Watchtower ministry. That can be a scary statement if you have ever had the Jehovah’s Witness pay you a house-call to leave their flagship flier the Watchtower. Of course I am not talking about a little pamphlet stuffed with well-disguised lies. I am talking about peering into the lives of students […]

Media Tip

By Charles Boyd | May 6, 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 to […]

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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

Lessons From Pee Wee Football
By Charles Boyd | December 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

When my sons were young and playing peewee city league football, I noticed how much time coaches spent trying to teach these little dreamers their individual assignments. Getting an eight-year-old to move on the snap to the right place on the field was quite an accomplishment. My youngest son was on a football team with […]

Cotton Candy Ministry and Plate Spinning
By Charles Boyd | March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

You might not think that you could learn much about Youth Ministry from going to the circus. I was a young boy when the circus visited our small town. Our family loaded up the Fleetwood station wagon and went to the big show. From food carts and clowns to endless contest booths, I have two […]

EQUIP: Leadership, Lead Teams, and Longevity
By Charles Boyd | May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
Camp: Worth it or Not?
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, youth ministers should hold all student ministry programming to honest evaluation […]

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 […]

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