Articles for Youth Leaders

3 Ways to Fight the Urge to Quit

"You don’t have to be a youth worker very long before you feel the urge to quit."

"Deep and Wide" Youth Ministry

Our prime directive is to make disciples who make disciples.

The Myth of Adolescence

Mark Oestreicher rethinks the lengthening of adolescence and how it impacts youth ministry.

Faith and Bungee Jumping

How bungee jumping can teach us about the difference between belief and faith.

The Rewards of Real Youth Ministry

"The rewards that come with 'dangerous' youth ministry are astronomical."

Oestreicher Challenges Study

Mark Oestreicher reacts to recent news story about lack of youth involvement in church.

Teens: A Stressed-Out Generation

Are today's teens the most stressed-out generation?

Whatever Happened to College Ministry?

Reggie Joiner, Abbie Smith and Chuck Bomar share why young adults are disengaging from the church and what we can do about it.

Barna: Disturbing News on Youth Evangelism

A new study shows a decline of faith-related behavior by young evangelical Christians.

Casual Sex Losing Some Appeal for Young Adults

Research shows a growing number of college students are saying "no" to casual sex.

Youth Violence Increasing; Recession Blamed

Most Americans agree that youth violence is increasing because of the recession.

More Than Half of All Pastors and 64 Percent of Youth Pastors Have Struggled...

The Barna Group released some startling stats from an in-depth research study on the problem of porn—and the results are eye-opening, especially for ministry leaders.

Study Shows Abstinence-Only is Effective

Abstinence-Only is Effective, Study Shows

Youth Workers: How Do You Know When God Is Moving You?

This past weekend I shared breakfast with my YS roommate. Bruegger’s Bagels and chocolate milk, case you were wondering. Our discussion centered on the question,...

The Compass of a Great Question

I’ve started to collect some questions that I ask myself regularly to keep me on track with God.

What Keeps Youth Volunteers Coming Back For More

These are a few keys in keeping your volunteers happy in their ministry.

Church Relevance

This semester I am taking a class called “Christianity and Culture.” I can tell already this class is going to have a profound impact...

College Daze: Destroying Freshman Faith

How the First Week of College Can Completely Destroy a Freshman's Faith

Youth Ministry Heartburn

My friend Heartburn and I have been hanging out a lot lately. He (or she...I definitely don't want to discriminate here :) hasn't been...

Middle School Message Momentum

At the beginning of the semester I worked on putting together a nine-week series for our middle schoolers that was highly experiential. It was...

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