I am Matt Lawson and this is my personal blog. It focuses on leadership, particularly in student ministry. Occasionally, I write about life and family.


Since 2000, I’ve been in the trenches of student ministry believing students can love Jesus with all their heart and will change the world for him. I’ve served on staffs in small churches, large churches, and in parachurch youth ministries.

Since March 2006 I’ve served as the high school pastor at First Baptist Woodstock, located just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. At Woodstock I have the great priviledge of training and equiping hundreds of youth ministry volunteers on a yearly basis and leading a bold band of student revolutionaries.


Revolution Speaks is a ministry I started that provides resources and training to the student ministry world. Our latest resource is my book published by GROUP and Simply Youth Ministry titled, TWISDOM: 25 Insights for #Stumin Leadership.

I’ve also contributed to three other books, including Impact: Student Leadership Devotional and created numerous student ministry resources. Most are free and fully editable so take whatever helps you and make it your own. One of the most popular resources we offer is a collection of 17 sermon series.

One of my greatest fulfillments is investing into the lives of other youth leaders. We’ve recently launched Stumin Sidekick, offering dynamic resources for heroic leaders. If you’re ever in the Atlanta area, I’d love to meet up for coffee or share a meal!

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I live in Woodstock, just 25 minutes north of downtown Atlanta, with my beautiful and godly wife, Laura, and kids, Deacon (2009) and Eden (2010). In our free time, we enjoy sports, reading, and travel.


While content on Revolution Speaks is copyrighted, feel free to link to this site or post partial entries. For any other questions you can email me at revolutionspeaks@gmail.com.