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Icebreaker Games for Youth: 10 Fun Get-to-Know-You Ideas

Icebreaker games for youth help kids learn names, meet friends, and bond. Try out these 10 get-to-know-you ideas for teens!

Reasons Not to Smoke Weed (Even if It’s Legal in Your State)

These days, many U.S. teens need to hear reasons not to smoke weed. Share these 10 arguments against using marijuana with kids in your youth ministry.

Youth Sermon Topics: A Fresh Approach to Preaching

Coming up with new youth sermon topics can be a challenge for youth leaders and pastors. How do you find fresh topics, especially when you have to preach weekly? Discover practical tips for powerful youth talks.

On Making an Emotional Decision for Christ

Some people, nervous about the sheer shock value of biblical truths, will gently rebuke me with statements like, “Well, we need to make sure our teens aren’t just making an emotional decision for Christ.”

3 Reasons To Stop Treating Youth Pastors Like the JV Team

Youth ministry is some of the most important work a person could do. Further, it’s some of the most important work a church could support. Here are three reasons to start treating youth pastors like “real” pastors.

Is Manifesting a Sin? A Biblical Look at This Psychological Trend

Is manifesting a sin? The concept is trendy among teens and young adults. Learn about manifesting and explore what the Bible says about it.

Transgender Student: Heartfelt Thoughts From a Youth Pastor

If a transgender student attends your youth group or a nearby school, what will you tell them? Consider this approach, in one youth minister's heartfelt letter.

Sunday School Games: 8 Fun, Ageless Activities for Youth Groups

Although these Sunday school games are designed for children, older kids are sure to enjoy them too. Adapt these 8 fun games for teens in your youth group!

Youth Ministers: Watch Out for These 6 Attacks From the Devil

If I were the devil, I'd have a field day with youth ministers. Discover six vulnerabilities of youth workers, and consider ways to bolster your spiritual armor!

Movies for Youth Groups: 10 PG-Rated Films to Watch With Kids

Movies for youth groups and church gatherings always come in handy. PG-rated films can contain important messages and spark great discussions among teens.

Chris Pratt Presents 9 Rules for Life: Hear His Advice for Teens

Chris Pratt gave a stirring speech a few years ago, sharing nine rules for life with young people. Check out his advice (both funny and serious) for teens.

Street Apologetics

Street apologetics is a term I use to describe insights I learned while doing evangelism on the streets. Christians can use these strategies on social media, in the halls of schools, and of course, on actual streets!

Youth Group Games: 3 Go-to Games Your Teens Will Love

Need some quick youth group games? When time is short, what do you do? Chances are, you pull out an old standby that works time and time again. Here are 3 easy, classic youth group games.

Movies About Bullying: 12 Films to Get Teens Talking

Movies about bullying can help spark important discussions among teens and preteens. Use films about bullies to introduce the topic, generate conversations, and teach biblical lessons.

What Does a Godly Relationship Look Like: 4 Insights From Jesus

Teenagers who attend your youth group meetings likely have many questions about relationships. They're asking what does a godly relationship look like. And you have the opportunity to share what Jesus says about that.

Lawnmower Parents and Their Impact on Snowflake Spirituality

Have you heard of lawnmower parents? They “mow down all of a child’s challenges, discomforts and struggles.” And they're taking a toll on young people's faith.

How to Revive a Dying Youth Ministry: 5 Biblical Pointers

At some point, most youth leaders wonder how to revive a dying youth ministry. Or, if their group isn't dying, it might need a huge dose of revival. Use these 5 Bible-based pointers for renewal!

Loneliness and the Digital Age

Recent data shows that the Gen Z generation (people born roughly between 1997 to 2010) spends an average of seven hours a day on their phone, but 79% of Gen Z people say they struggle with loneliness. In a reality that’s become increasingly digital, there is still a strong need for physical community.

Teens Need These 6 Things From Church and Youth Group

“What do teens want in a church?” is a tough question to answer. It's like asking “What kind of music do people like?” or “What food do kids eat?”

Is Smoking Weed a Sin? How to Address This Issue Biblically

Is smoking weed a sin? This question comes up more and more these days. As marijuana use moves inward from the fringes of societal view, the church must be ready with a biblical response.

Dan Cathy Shares Leadership Advice From His Years at Chick-fil-A: ‘Never...

.@ChickfilA board chairman @dancathy recently shared that the purpose of America’s #1 favorite restaurant’s is “to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that’s entrusted” to them.

Holly Catterton Allen: How Your Church Can Help Children Be Spiritually...

Dr. Holly Catterton Allen joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to explain that, contrary to what we might assume, children are deeply spiritual and to share how churches can help kids develop resilience.

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