Posted: 4/11/2019 at 12:45pm. Article by Danny Quirin.
After working with teens in the church since 1984, I’ve seen and experienced the struggles that churches face in ministering to middle- and high-school teens.
I want to take what I’ve experienced over these decades and listen to churches and then help train and equip churches and volunteers to help meet the ever-changing needs and demands of student ministry.
I assist churches through equipping, encouragement, and support for their staff and volunteers. I have also assisted some in their search for youth interns and youth ministers.
In addition to working with church staff and lay leaders, I’ve also worked with several associations to lead training.
I’ve taught Sunday School, and I’ve served as a “youth director,” which helped me to experience God’s call to full-time ministry.
After graduating from Southern Seminary, I accepted a full-time position at Bonsack Baptist Church where I served as the youth minister for over 21 years before transitioning into an associate pastoral role.
When I felt God leading me to transition out of full-time student ministry, I wanted to continue to help others be successful. I am passionate about equipping others to do the work of student ministry in the local church, and I enjoy using my years of experience—good and bad—to help others.
I get energized in seeing others feel equipped and empowered to do the work of ministry. I enjoy journeying with a church or individual and over time, seeing them flourish.
We live in such a fast-paced, constantly changing society, and it can be difficult to keep up. Teens naturally bring a “consumer mentality” into the church, and it’s challenging to help them move from consumerism to being a servant leader without losing them in the process.
I really appreciate it when a seasoned youth minister allows me to come in and help train their volunteer leaders. It’s an honor to be able to join with them, and often what they discover is that I am sharing many of the same things that they already have. However, their leaders may hear the message differently because it’s coming from another voice.