“We need to meet students where they are in terms of energy. Make it a more gradual transition.” – Kristen Lascola
“Take time to meet new students who will be transitioning into your ministry during the year before. Teach in the children’s dept, host an event for them and their parents, and communicate with their parents about what student ministry will be like.” – Kristen Lascola
Kristen Lascola is a middle school pastor at North Coast Church located in north San Diego County, CA. She has worked with middle schoolers for 18 years and is still going strong. She and her husband, Jeff, have 2 girls and 1 Dachshund and host “The Ministry Coach Podcast” together. She is an extreme Dachshund enthusiast, Muse fan, and pursuer of chocolate. She is passionate about telling the Truth, having fun, and helping leaders become excellent at what God has called them to do!
About Ben Trueblood
Ben serves as the Director of Student Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and has served the local church as a student pastor for fourteen years. In addition to his role at Lifeway, Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S. He is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to produce students who shape the culture in which they live. Ben and his wife Kristen have four young children. In his free time, Ben enjoys family, fishing, hunting, and the St. Louis Cardinals. You can follow Ben on Instagram and Twitter at: @bentrueblood.
About Nathan Howard
Nathan serves as Project Coordinator for Lifeway Students. and has served in student ministry for 15 years in a variety of roles from volunteer leader and student pastor in the local church to working with student pastors at the associational level. “Producer Nathan” helps facilitate student ministry training through the podcast, Youth Ministry Booster, and other outlets and also served on FUGE camp staff for six years, four as camp director, before joining the team full time. Nathan enjoys baking, video games, and officiating sports.