Articles for Youth Leaders

teenager

Pay Attention to What Your Teenager Is Trying to Communicate—Not What They’re Saying

Whether it comes out in harsh words or sulky behavior, teenagers seem to struggle with hyperbole.
Care

5 Ways to Care for Your Team

"Pay attention to the condition of the people under your care."
Freshman Class, the Class of 2021

What’s Shaping the Minds of This Year’s Freshman Class, the Class of 2021

The freshmen entering college this year have always had emojis to cheer them up.
jesus

How Jesus Stops Racism

It seems as though racial discrimination is a never-ending problem. Here's God's solution.
Signs

4 Signs That Person Is NOT “the One”

Marriage is a big deal to God, regardless of what society has made it.
School

The Back to School Conversations You Need to Have

What you need to be talking about with your students.
Jr. High fun

5 Reasons Why Fun HAS to Be a Part of Your Jr. High Ministry

Yes, Jr. High students are full of drama and they smell bad—but there’s no denying that they’re some of the most fun students you can have in your youth ministry.
Lock-In

Why It’s Time to Kill the Lock-In

It's time to stop doing lock-ins at your church.
Engaged

3 Keys for Keeping Your People Engaged

Volunteer engagement is one of the most important things we can do as church leaders.
Retreat

Why You Should Take a Personal Retreat (and How to Do It)

It's important to take a step away from time to time. Here's why.
students evangelists

3 Ways to Make Your Students Into Evangelists

How to help the kids in your ministry share the Gospel.
smoke pot

Should Christians Smoke Pot?

A book review and a reflection on a major issue for teens.
Smartphones

5 Ideas to Help Kids Be Smarter About Smartphones

How to help your students—and their parents—navigate this tricky technology.
How to Be a Great Youth Pastor

How to Be a Great Youth Pastor

The keys to becoming truly great.
5 Reasons Your Youth Ministry May Never Grow

5 Reasons Your Youth Ministry May Never Grow

There are things that will impede your ministry's growth, no matter what.
The Necessary of Deep Thinking About Church Among Students

The Necessity of Deep Thinking About Church Among Students

Why ecclesiology matters for student ministry.
Why Continue Abstinence-Only Sex Ed When Research Claims It's Ineffective?

Why Continue Abstinence-Only Sex Ed When Research Claims It’s Ineffective?

As Christians, we should not be in the business of watering down the truth in the interest of what kids might do anyway.
How to Give an Effective Missions Testimony

How to Give an Effective Missions Testimony

If you want to share what God showed you and your students on a mission trip, try these tips.
30 Lessons on Life and Ministry

30 Lessons on Life and Ministry

A 30-year-old explains what he's learned along the way.
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