Meet Our Travel Team Leaders for 2021

Worship Specialty Travel Team based in Akron, OH:  Administrative Leader Todd Shoemaker  Todd Shoemaker is the Pastor of Student Ministries at the Bath Campus of Grace Church of Greater Akron. He has been on staff at Grace Church-Bath Campus for over 10 years now, working with middle and high school students. His passion for ministry started when he was in middle school. Todd says, “The Lord worked in and through me in crazy ways, which …

Least Likely

If there was a high school yearbook category for “Least Likely to End Up a Youth Pastor,” Dan Miller may have been the top candidate.  Dan grew up in a loosely charismatic family and floated around in different churches through his early teens. By mid-high school, he quickly went downhill and was fully enraptured by the world. All of your …

Prepare Your Students to Find a Church When They Leave Home

There are many adjustments to make when a student moves from living at home to living on their own. Finding and getting involved in a good church home can make these adjustments easier. But how do you encourage your students to look for a church plus how do they find one that will teach them solid, Christian doctrine? Eric Miller …

When Worst Case Scenarios Hit

Join Eric Miller as he talks with Vinnie Fisher and Esther Pacheco about mandatory reporting, trauma, and crisis. Esther Pacheco is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She has been working with kids in Delaware, Ohio in private practice for the last 10 years. She has a passion to to help kids and families figure out life together. Vinnie …

Bible Study or Fun

Both Bible study and fun are obviously important when it comes to youth ministry, but what’s a youth leader to do when it comes time to plan your regular youth ministry event? Does balance even exist? Your students might have differing views than you or your adult volunteers. Maybe you even have a group where some of your students want …

Greater Importance – Students, Student Leaders, Volunteers or Parents?

Any youth pastor or leader who’s served for more than a couple weeks knows the tension of this ministry focus! Where do you invest your time, energy and resources? Eric Miller, director of ministry programs for CE National will talk with youth pastors Fletcher Abbott, Tony Villafane , and Ben Long.

Discipleship: Use and Misuse of the Term

“Who is in your discipleship group?”  All of us in church-work use the term. “Discipleship” as referred to in the Great Commission of our Lord, bold-lined as Jesus left planet earth. All pastors refer to it at times. Many books explain what a disciple looks like. “What is the best discipleship program for our church?” is one of the most-asked …

Racial and Political Prejudices: Pastorpedia

I am scared to write this  At least a little afraid, in the sense that I write this early in November, and I wonder what will happen, before you read this, in the media or on the streets or even in churches that complicates the racial tensions even more. It is a shame on us, and sometimes a bad mark …

Making the Most of Your Operation Barnabas Experience (Video)

Operation Barnabas is CE National’s three week high school summer ministry training program equipping students to live ON MISSION through evangelism training, character development, and servant-leadership. Eric Miller, CE National’s director of ministry operations, talks with Grace Church of Akron, Pastor of Student Ministries Todd Shoemaker, and three of his former Operation Barnabas students who are all now serving within …

Avoid the Silos in Church Ministry (Video)

Pastor of Student Ministries Tyler Kramer, Executive Pastor Jeremy Bury, and Life Groups Pastor Rich Hancock, all from Marysville (Ohio) Grace, talk about how to work together as a staff, and ways to avoid sliding into a singular focused ministry within the church.