How to Survive and Thrive in Student Ministry

By Charles Boyd | January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Prayer and daily time with the Father are the only way to survive beyond the beginner stage of Student Ministry. The beginner stage is usually 3 years. The only way to survive beyond the veteran status is prayer, daily time and volunteer leadership. This is usually around the five years mark. Becoming an equipper of […]

Student Ministry and the Calendar

By Charles Boyd | March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you are in Student Ministry then you are aware of something that most in the church do not give a great deal of thought to – the extensive calendar that affects your life.  As a student minister, your life and your ministry to a great extent revolve around a school and ministry calendar. Appropriate […]

Survey results Shock MTV

By Charles Boyd | March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Survey results Shock MTV A groundbreaking survey from an unlikely source backs up what family groups and youth ministers have beensaying about kids all along. The survey reveals that teens are highly influenced and attracted to role models and family.While not extremely suprising to those in the youth ministry trenches, this is really good news. The MTV/Associated […]

New Words Generation

By Charles Boyd | March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Coupon Companion Plugin”>New Words for a New Generation One encompasses more than 165,000 entries. The other allows for just 140 characters. No matter. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has found it in its loquacious soul to allow the word tweet into its newest edition. Tweet, referring to the brief missives sent on the popular micro-social networking service Twitter, […]

The Ultimate Permission/Release Form

By Charles Boyd | February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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82% of unchurched people are "some what likely" to . . .

By Charles Boyd | February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

  Research indicates 82% of unchurched people are “somewhat likely” to attend church if invited and escorted personally. But, only 21% of professing Christians invited anyone to church by Coupon Companion Plugin”>last year. Dadgumit! – lets either get busy living or get busy dyeing.

Body Image – Tatoos: a skin-deep reflection

By Charles Boyd | February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tattoos: A skin-deep reflection of adolescent life By Paul Robertson Although a little hard to see, she never forgets. She wears the discreet tattoo of a small tree on her right shoulder. When asked to tell the story behind her tattoo she replies, “After I was born, my father planted this tree in our  backyard […]

Teenagers and Pornography

By Charles Boyd | February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pornography and Minors13-18 year olds spend 72 hours per week using electronic media – (internet, by Coupon Companion Plugin”>cell phones, TV, music and video games)Of 8-16 year olds, 90% have viewed porn online – most while doing homework80% of 15-17 year olds have been exposed to “hard core” pornographyThe average age of kids being exposed […]

Facebook – how many and when

By Charles Boyd | February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Facebook – who founded it and how many use it Facebook, formerly The Facebook, is a free-access social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them […]

Using YouTube

By Charles Boyd | February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

How to capture, download and use YouTube video Option #1 go to downloading the program, go to and copy the link in the browser while the video you want is currently playing.Click on the Downloader program and paste the link inside the box. It will probably appear automatically and you will not have […]

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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

Raising and Releasing Your Children as Disciples
By Charles Boyd | November 2, 2023 | 0 Comments

While my title sounds like a promotion for student ministry in the local church, it isn’t. Do we need student ministry excellence in our local churches? Absolutely, and I have given my entire career to that endeavor. In reality, student ministry and parenting are the sole and the laces of the same shoe. I am […]

Fifty Shades of Truth
By Charles Boyd | February 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

I ran across a Gallup Poll recently that has nagged me into blogging my thoughts. According to, nurses, medical doctors and pharmacists earn the highest ratings from Americans for their honesty and ethical standards. What is wrong with this? After all, we want to trust those who advise, treat, prescribe, and care for our […]

Missing In Action: The Increasingly Elusive Youth Pastor
By Charles Boyd | January 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Nearly every week there are churches asking for leads, recommendations, or assistance in securing a student pastor for their church. The most common lament I hear is: “We have been diligently searching, but it seems the good ones (code for young, well trained, and experienced) are few and far between. Can you help us?” Sure, […]

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 […]

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