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[Look Video] How Do I Plan An Effective Fall Semester Kickoff?


You can sense the excitement of school starting. You know you need to have a successful start to the year (as do all youth pastors). Yet, the same problem consistently presents itself each year--How do I do this in a fresh and effective way year after year? It's a question we all deal with each semester. Let me share with you how Upstate Student Ministry plans one of our cornerstone events to kick off the school year. I hope that it will help you discover some principles that can transfer to your ministry and help with your launch event.

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    Corey Watson serves as the Teaching Pastor-Harrison Bridge campus and Student Director at Upstate Church in Simpsonville, SC. He has served in student ministry for over a decade. Corey is an alum of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!). He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Next Generation ministry. Corey is married to Melody, and they have 1 daughter (Anna Grace). His passion is seeing the next generation reached where they are and teaching. You can keep up with Corey and all he has going on on Instagram (@CL_Watson) Twitter (@CLWatson85), and email at




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