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A sermon series graphic for "Bullies In My Brain," a youth ministry sermon series on mental health.

3 Effective Strategies to Kickstart a Strong School Year 💪

By Growth

As a youth pastor, it can feel impossible to find the right back-to-school resources for youth ministry. The beginning of the school year can feel overwhelming as you transition from the summer youth group activities back to full-throttle teaching mode. However, embracing the right strategies can transform this transition into a foundation for the upcoming months as your students get back into the rhythms of school. In this article, we’ll delve into three essential approaches to empower both you and your students for a strong and productive school year.


Three effective strategies to kickstart a strong school year in youth ministry 👇


  1. Foster Discipleship by Getting Your Students Reading the Bible

First, one of the best things you could do for the students in your youth group is to get them in God’s Word themselves. As an educator or youth leader, your pivotal role is to guide and nurture young minds. Beyond organizing weekly gatherings and fun activities, your ultimate purpose is to guide them in their relationship with Jesus. This season’s outset is the perfect juncture to establish a structured discipleship plan. Start by encouraging students to participate in a Bible reading plan available on the YouVersion app. Make their engagement rewarding by introducing incentives for consistent scripture exploration.


  1. Streamline Your Systems

Next, it’s time for a systems overhaul. Juggling various responsibilities as a youth pastor can be demanding. From mentoring students and orchestrating events to handling personal commitments, it’s easy to become overwhelmed without efficient systems in place. Now, at the commencement of the school year, take the opportunity to recalibrate your workflow. Reflect on your current strategies: What’s effective? What needs improvement? Identify tasks that can be delegated, and create a plan to reallocate your time. Set clear goals and map out the daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly actions necessary to achieve them.


  1. Choose the Right Curriculum

Lastly, selecting the right curriculum is paramount to effectively shaping your students’ spiritual growth. Your teachings should resonate with their everyday challenges and offer guidance rooted in God’s Word. That’s why, at Youth Pastor Co, we prioritize offering impactful sermon series packages that address contemporary issues in a relatable manner. For instance, our latest series, “Bullies In My Brain,” addresses mental health, a critical concern among students returning to school. Equip your students to conquer anxiety and embrace their divine purpose with this comprehensive four-week series. Check it out 👇


Discover the Benefits of Youth Pastor Co

The Bullies In My Brain sermon series is the beginning. Youth Pastor Co has a collection of over 100 sermon series covering a wide range of cultural and scriptural topics, and we add two new sermon series on the first of every month. Every series comes complete with:

✅ Sermon Series Graphics

✅ Sermon Builder Curriculum

✅ Sermon Bumper Video

✅ Small Group Materials

✅ Social Media Graphics


So, we hope these three strategies and back-to-school resources for youth ministry equip you to head back to school with your students stronger than ever before! 

P.S. Each month, Youth Pastor Co brings together the most creative minds in youth ministry to build sermon series packages that are powerful, relevant, and easy to use. Not a member yet? Join us today!

3 Keys to Building Emotionally Healthy Students 🔑

By Growth

More than ever, it’s imperative you don’t shy away from conversations about mental and emotional health with your students…and yet good student ministry resources for emotional health can feel impossible to find.

Culture is loud when it comes to the messaging around mental and emotional health. That’s why, when it comes to your students, it’s imperative that you’re louder…but where do you start?

We put together a 3-step list to get you started on the journey toward emotionally healthy students:

1️⃣ Set the example.

Like anything else, if you’re talking to your students about it, you should be living it. What does your life look like? What do your relationships look like? How’s your boundary setting? Do you have good routines? Do you ask for help when you need it? These are key questions to ask yourself before you go any further. Your students respect you the most when you live what you preach. And just a thought, when you lead with vulnerability, your students are more apt to respond with vulnerability.

2️⃣ Encourage them to stay connected to godly community.

Loneliness and isolation are often the root of many mental and emotional health problems. When your students are surrounded by people who love them, accept them, and call them higher, they are more likely to lead mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthier lives. God created all of us for community. Challenge your students to get plugged in on a deeper level.

3️⃣ Don’t be afraid to go there.

This can be an intimidating topic, but it’s an important one. Don’t be afraid to get loud about this topic. Our culture has a lot of opinions about mental, emotional, and spiritual health, but God’s Word holds the Truth our students are hungry for. Bring them back to God’s Word  — it will never return void!

Wondering how to best approach this topic with your youth group? Our 4-week series “In My Feelings” tackles this topic head-on and is one of our favorite student ministry resources for emotional health.

In My Feelings…a sermon series on emotional health & the heart. Check it out 👇


We hope these three keys help you as you disciple your students in their mental, emotional, and spiritual health!

P.S. Each month, Youth Pastor Co brings together the most creative minds in youth ministry to build sermon series packages that are powerful, relevant, and easy to use. Not a member yet? Join us today!