Articles for Youth Leaders

3 Ways to Make Sure a Youth Ministry Project Fails

I think I might have just inadvertently sabotaged the launch of a new high school service time. Here’s what I did to make sure...

3 Things Youth Workers Need to be Good At

Josh Griffin identifies three must-have skills for youth leaders as they relate to others.

3 Different Types of Care for Youth Leaders

I was talking with Katie Edwards the other day around the office (she’s the co-author of the excellent Youth Worker Training on the Go...

5 Youth Ministry Numbers I Keep an Eye On

As youth pastors, we don’t like to talk about numbers, but they matter. And people are definitely looking at them.

The Next Great Generation

Revolutionary. Spiritual. Tribal. Active in social issues. Today’s teenagers exemplify these qualities, says author and demographer Neil Howe in his co-authored book Millennials Rising (Vintage, 2000)....

5 Youth Ministry Numbers I Watch

Josh Griffin says numbers matter in youth ministry--he lists the ones that matter most to him.

The Scoop On Anorexia

When I first became a youth worker, I thought all I had to do was teach a halfway interesting Bible Study and play a...

The Day My Friend Died

Mike Yaconelli died suddenly. He was one of my youth ministry heroes but more importantly, a personal friend. I went to the family funeral...

When Teen Small Groups Work Best

When it comes to small groups, there are lots of variables: Should they meet on campus or in homes? Should they be co-ed or...

Thoughts On Youth Interns

In the preparation time for summer, I get a lot of requests from college-age students who would like summer intern experiences. I understand why--I...
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According to the findings of a Gallup study, the people in our congregations are coming back week after week because of the sermons, and there are a couple key things they are looking for in those sermons.

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