Eventually, we lose the ability to make believe.

As we grow up, we’re told to “ get our heads out of the clouds” and to “use our brains.” But isn’t imagination the very thing that has catapulted us to do great things? It’s put humans in the air, under the sea, and on the moon. It’s led to the invention of guacamole and shoes that last longer and the printing press. Imagination is one of the things that makes us like God.

Yet the harsh reality of life (and student ministry) has squelched the ability of many student pastors to dream and imagine. That’s where this book comes in. It reminds student pastors of what’s still possible. In Make Believe: 5 Things Great Student Pastors Choose to Believe, Ben Crawshaw and Kevin Ragsdale unearth five ideas that combine faith and imagination (plus practical steps to help leaders turn those beliefs into behaviors) with the goal of reinvigorating student pastors’ hearts and ministries.

Imagine it. Do it. Then make yourself believe it.

Are you ready to make believe?

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Ben Crawshaw, on Make Believe


“Some days youth ministry leaves you asking, ‘What is the point, exactly’? Some days you might feel like an event planner, game creator, camp fundraiser, announcement giver, safety inspector, liability detective, official notary, financial manager, media developer, or first-responder. But there is so much more to be discovered and offered in youth ministry than the functional hats we wear. Ben and Kevin know this firsthand. They know there are days when the gritty and sometimes overwhelming reality of our roles beg us to re-imagine them, our relationships, and the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ we do week after week. This is the type of conversation that every youth ministry leader should be having with someone. And this book is a great place to start.”

Brooklyn Lindsey, author, speaker, and youth pastor

“I have witnessed the imagination and genius leadership of Ben Crawshaw and Kevin Ragsdale firsthand. The powerfully simple and practical principles that shape Make Believe are not just philosophical fluff. They are real, timeless, and proven. Ben and Kevin are humble, honest, unassuming leaders. Make Believe sends a timely and important reminder that, as youth leaders, ‘Tomorrow will look a whole lot like today unless you learn to lead with some imagination.’ I needed this book. I love this book. You will too.”

Stuart Hall, Orange leader, communicator, co-author of The Seven Checkpoints and Max Q


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Lauren Terrell


Ben Crawshaw heads up content development for The Rocket Company, a church resourcing organization, and the student initiative at Orange. Prior to his work with Orange and The Rocket Company, Ben was the creative director of High School Ministry at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. Ben and his wife, Holly, have two daughters, Lilah and Esmae.

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Lauren Terrell


Kevin Ragsdale serves on the leadership team for North Point Ministries and is the multi-campus high school director of North Point Community Church and its other Atlanta-area campuses. In addition to leading a staff that is responsible for over 2,000 high school students every week, Kevin designs environments, oversees curriculum, roots for the Oklahoma Sooners, and plays hyper-competitive pickup basketball. Kevin and his wife, Gina, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children.

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