Student Minister Tenure

By Charles Boyd | October 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Most of us have heard it quoted that the average length of a youth minister’s stay at any one church is a year and a half. Even though this little stat has been a staple food among church chatters for a long time it should be put to rest. A research group has went on […]

Seven Parenting No No’s

By Charles Boyd | May 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

The following tips may sound elementary but often I encounter parents violating several basic parenting rules. Sense we all need help with some area of parenting, I thought I would share the most common and essential Do’s and Don’ts of parenting. 1. Never ridicule a child in front of others. Deal with discipline in private […]

Teenagers and Lying

By Charles Boyd | February 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Mark Gregston offers some quick insights into students and a trend in lying. The latest “Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth” (by the Josephson Institute of Ethics) shows that teens are lying more often, and more easily, than ever. Dishonesty may seem like a minor issue in comparison to other adolescent problems like […]

Discipline & Consequences

By Charles Boyd | February 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Discipline and Consequences Discipline is when we as parents apply punishment in order to gain control of situation, influence behavior, shape someones future actions or enforce obedience to a system of rules. Consequences are outcomes that can be either negative or positive resulting from a person’s action. An average person, by nature will naturally strive […]

Tune em up!

By Charles Boyd | November 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

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Child Rescue – my passion comes to fruition

By Charles Boyd | October 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

Isaiah 1:17 gives us a clear mandate: Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case for the widow. Isaiah is pleading with a nation and generation who was blind to the plight and suffering of their fellow human beings. Not that our cause is to be social antidote to […]

Some people just dont get it . . .

By Charles Boyd | September 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

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Teenagers and Eating Disorders

By Charles Boyd | August 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

At a recent Parent Conference, a single mom of a 9th grade girl pulled me aside to talk during the break. She wanted to know how she might identify the symptoms of teenage eating disorders. Not being a psychiatrist, Nutritional expert or medical doctor, I gave her a few quick insights and told her I […]

Features of Three Stages of Adolescent Development

By Charles Boyd | August 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

Table 1: Key Features of the Three Stages of Adolescent DevelopmentAspect ofDevelopment Early AdolescenceAges 10-13 Middle AdolescenceAges 14-16 Late AdolescenceAges 17-19Physical • Significant physical/ sexual maturation• Intense concern with body image • Continuing physical/ sexual changes• Less concern with body image • Physical/ sexual changes complete• Greater acceptance of physical appearanceCognitive • Concrete thinking • […]

Communication Skills

By Charles Boyd | August 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

Active ListeningMost parents are not ignorant of the concept and technique known as active listening. The problem arises when you overuse it or dismiss it in frustration. As an important skill for every parent and should be mastered. When you listen actively, you are sending your child the message that they are important enough 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

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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