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CohortlogoWhether you are a veteran student pastor or a freshman leading your first youth group, consider joining the SME Cohort. The Cohort is a “family group” of youth ministers who share the same passion for being life-long learners by gathering for lunch, fellowship, and sharing on a monthly basis. Led by Dr. Boyd, this small-group is a hybrid cell with one part being a self-directed idea exchange station and the other part a learning lab.

Member’s enjoy a collaborative, confidential camaraderie where dialogue and growth build close ministry relationships through the exchange of ideas, encouragement and problem solving specific ministry challenges. While a central topic is introduced each month, the conversational driving force is what each participant wants/needs to talk about. This is a group of student ministry share-croppers made up of veteran and newbies alike.

Join a group in (Lakeland or Tallahassee FL) or we will create one in your area with you as the catalyst/founding member.

Cohort member comments:

“We meet on my off-day but I wouldn’t miss it for anything. I wish we met weekly instead of monthly. That would be awesome!” (Veteran Student Pastor, Lakeland, FL)

“I look as forward to our monthly cohort meeting as I do to my weekly youth group.” (1st yr. youth leader/college student, Lakeland, FL)

Membership fee is $100 per month. Cohort does not meet during the summer.

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Booking a Seminar or Training Session

$950 -$1,500 per session (1hr. -1½ hrs) (all day is considered 3 or more sessions/ max in a day is 5 sessions.
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$100 off for each additional session, same location
Different topic same location
Plus expenses
Mileage is calculated at .51 cents per mile
Deposit is $100
Sunday AM before worship, during discipleship hour for Small group leader training
Sunday afternoon with lunch provided for most seminars or parenting sessions
Sunday afternoon and evening, especially if there is no PM worship service or the pastor supports a simultaneous training coinciding during worship time
Wed night during Student gathering for parenting seminar or other leadership training
Overnight retreat dedicated to leadership training
Saturday 9AM-Lunch for small group leaders
Eg. To train our small group leaders to be highly effective in helping students grow in their spiritual disciplines

Book Dr. Boyd to speak/preach at your camp, retreat, youth event.

$350 -$500 per session
$1500 for one camp week (3-5 messages) ex: AM or PM session only
$2500 for one camp week (8-10 messages) ex: AM and PM sessions each day
$500 Add a training/seminar session during camp, retreat or other event at same location
Plus expenses
Mileage is at  .51 cents per mile
Deposit is $100

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Testimonials

Testimonials

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

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 News.Gallop.com, 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 […]

EQUIP: Leadership, Lead Teams, and Longevity
By Charles Boyd | May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

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