Justyn Smith

Justyn Smith

Minneapolis-St. Paul / River Valley Church

Justyn serves as the NextGen Pastor at River Valley Church in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He oversees the staff and strategy of both children’s and youth ministry, giving him a unique perspective of ministering to the entire family. He is an advocate for the local church and believes the local church is the hope of the world. Justyn Smith is the husband to one amazing wife and father to six beautiful children. Read more from Justyn at justynsmith.com.


Modeling a Spirit-Empowered Life

There’s a saying I always use when talking about living the Spirit-filled life: The Holy Spirit doesn’t make you better than someone else, He makes you a better you. This is a very important statement because of the way some Spirit-filled individuals have carried themselves. Being Spirit-filled should not turn anyone off. Instead, there should be something magnetic and attractive about being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Overscheduled Kids

We live in an era filled with pressure to keep our kids busy. It used to be that kids kept themselves busy. Starting in the 20th century there was a huge movement to make sure our kids are constantly involved in some sort of activity all the time. This is causing unnecessary stress on not just us as parents, but on our kids.

Leading Up

As a leader I often have to remind myself of my own journey and the people who allowed me opportunities to grow and lead. Those opportunities eventually gave me a platform to serve and allowed me the chance to lead in the capacity I am in today. It’s important that we are constantly reevaluating our leadership.