Author: Richard Ross

Dr. Ross serves as Professor of Student Ministry in the Jack D. Terry School of Church and Family Ministries. He is married to LaJuana and they are parents of Clayton. Twitter: @richardaross Website:

Less traditional student ministry might mean more disciples

If student pastors were to stop doing about two-thirds of what they are doing, we might begin producing more disciples. Why? Because if they stop doing some things, then they will have time to do other things that offer even more promise. I have much confidenc... Read More »

Raising Up Teenage Spiritual Champions

Our liberal friends are not too keen on the idea of student achievement in schools. Last week I heard of another high school that no longer will conduct awards assemblies at the end of the year. Progressives want to pull achieving young people back into the mu... Read More »

High School Grads Who Don’t Leave the Church

The bad news is that some young adults leave the church after high school. The good news is that not as many are leaving as we once thought. And, we increasingly know what makes the difference.... Read More »

Don’t Waste Your Parenthood: Preparing Children to be Adults

The majority of those 18 to 25: Do not have a clear vocational focus nor the drive to move forward vocationally. Do not feel motivated to achieve independence in their finances or life situation. Do not feel ready to accept the lifetime commitments that marria... Read More »

Axe Mingled with Old Spice: The New Incense

Older members of the congregation may not drive vans full of teenagers or help serve pizzas, but they can help shape the effectiveness of your church’s student ministry. They may be three or four times the ages of the teenagers, but they can be important to ... Read More »

Missionaries, Evangelists, and Other 10-Year-Olds

Baptists vigorously affirm the priesthood of believers. But does that mean all believers—including the 10-year-olds?... Read More »

Teenagers: From Self-Absorbed to Self-Sacrificing

Researcher Tim Elmore has found young adults to be a narcissistic or me-centered generation. They have spurts when they want to change the world but have not grown up with strong enough commitments to sustain activity toward change. Youth ministry today shapes... Read More »

Top 10 Questions about Your Church’s Ministry with Teenagers

If I were a senior pastor I would print the following list of questions, and I would take it to staff meeting for discussion. I would expect discussion to involve everyone. For example, I would expect those in ministry with children to consider how 12 years in... Read More »

Consummation, Adultery, and Second Honeymoon

My Beloved created me for the display of His glory through a relationship with me. He created me in love, He redeemed me in love, and He pursued me in love. Because He first loved me, I loved Him. Our relationship was consummated. He “knew” me the same way... Read More »

A Challenge to the Remnant in the American Church

By the will of the Father and the power of the Spirit, the first love of the church today is to be focused on the Son. That first love is not to be some weak sentiment but a consuming love that propels the believer to make Christ supreme in all things.... Read More »