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.


A JBQ Winning Attitude

Whether your quizzers are on the winning team, or the team that came up just a little short, it’s your job as a parent or coach to make sure they react the right way. Here are three keys to making sure your quizzers are prepared to handle the joy of victory and the agony of defeat.

Keeping JBQ Practice Fun and Engaging

Each year we start off our JBQ season reminding parents of our number-one goal for their children: We want them to have fun! Some may say this goal is not appropriate. It could be said a better goal would be for kids to have God’s Word hidden in their hearts or to have a team do well in competition. I contend, though, that if kids are having fun, both things will happen naturally.

Outreach Assimilation

As summertime approaches, you are probably planning your summer outreaches and ministry events. Summer can be very busy in the kidmin world, so it’s important for us to have an attack plan before June 1st rolls around. As vital as the event itself is to plan, it is equally crucial to have a plan of attack to get all those kids to come back to church on the weekends.

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