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What Needs to Change in Youth Ministry?

Rachel Blom looks to the future of youth ministry, and what needs to change.

5 Marks of Super Effective Youth Leaders

I just had the privilege of spending a week with 50 amazing youth leaders from across the nation and their top student ministry leaders. Lead...

What's More Enjoyable: Promiscuity or Monogamy?

What’s more enjoyable, a monogamous sexual relationship, or promiscuity (sleeping with whoever you want)? Most entertainment media seems to lean towards the latter. Why is...

Greg Stier: My Five Pre-Preaching Rituals

As a “professional communicator) I get the privilege of doing a lot of speaking to a ton of different groups. God has blessed me...

10 Important Questions Youth Leaders Should Be Asking Themselves

Asking questions is a good thing. Questions have a way of amplifying weaknesses and clarifying priorities. Perhaps that’s why Jesus asked so many questions...

3 Disciplines Every Youth Leader Needs to Succeed

Over the last 25 years of full time ministry (as a church planter, youth guy and para-church director) I have seen all sorts of...

3 Big Challenges Every Leader Must Take

In his last letter to Timothy Paul penned his own epitaph, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept...

7 Ways to Become an "Indispensable" Youth Leader

It has been said that “nobody is indispensable” and, to a degree, that is a true statement. But I can tell you that, as a former...

10 Ways to Shrink a Youth Group

1. Stop praying. If you’re dead set on shrinking your group then refuse to intercede for the teenagers in your youth group and community. After...

The Youth Ministry Numb3rs Game

As youth pastors we don’t like to talk about numbers.

Make Some Great Goals This Summer!

What is a GREAT goal? Its a goal that can focus you in life and ministry. It’s big enough to require faith but realistic...

Vampire Churches Among Us!

Yes, vampire churches are among us! I’m not talking about churches full of red-lipped, pale-skinned Draculas (that would be creepy!) No, I’m talking about churches...

5 Signs of an Excellent Youth Leader

As I travel down the youth ministry highway I get the privilege of encountering a lot of excellent youth leaders along the way. As...

The Lonely Road of Doing Whatever You Want

In the summer of 2013, Miley Cyrus came out with a song with the following lyrics: It’s our party we can do what we wantIt’s...

10 Reasons I Use Twitter As a Ministry Tool (and You Should, Too!)

One of the privileges I have in ministry is to train ministry leaders across the nation. Over the last few years I have asked...

A Letter to the Class of 2018 // I Hope You Shock the World

So, I wrote a little letter to my 8th graders today. It makes me smile to see who they have been, who they are,...

The Word That Can Change Your Life & Ministry

I get asked the same question every day. It may be a text or a snapchat or a real time sentence spoken from from...

Bonding or Boundaries?

Parenting is hard! I study and write about youth culture and parenting almost every day. It seems so nice and simple when I’m reading articles...

How Angela Ahrendts Is Leading Me In Youth Ministry: 10 Leadership Qualities

Want to get to know the woman behind your apple products?I did. I wanted to get to know her and thanks to a story...

Hungry Zombies, Kneeling Figures and Christians That Just Won't Shut Up

From the Reformation to The Great Awakening great movements of God have peppered church history. Many of these revivals have had teenagers on the...
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