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Service Project Ideas: 17 Acts of Love for Youth Groups

God calls us all to be the hands and feet of Christ, and a youth ministry can provide serving practice for kids. If you’re looking for loads of service project ideas to transform pre-teens and teenagers into volunteers, you’re in the right spot.
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5 Youth Lessons on Prayer for Your Ministry to Kids

For any Christian program aimed at educating young people, prayer is an important topic. Kids need to hear that God listens to and answers all their prayers. That’s why we’ve collected several helpful youth lessons on prayer.
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Student Worship: 5 Steps for Building a Youth Praise Team

If your youth ministry can have a student worship band or youth praise team, it will powerfully impact the way teens worship and connect with God. Youth led worship sets a model for peers and gives kids ownership in the ministry.
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How To Lead When There Is Mother Daughter Drama

One of the tricky parts of leading in your home with teenagers is when two women that you love are at odds – your wife and your daughter. And before you know it, you're right in the middle of mother - daughter drama.
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A Prayer for Youth Leaders as You Passionately Serve

Dear fellow youth ministers, I want you to know I said a prayer for youth leaders this morning. It was sparked by my own need for encouragement, but I'm hoping these words (and my words to God) boost your spirits as well.
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Youth Ministry Parent Meeting: 5 Steps to Success

No matter the season, youth ministers always have important information they need to share with parents. Whether you're preparing for a mission trip or the annual back-to-school kickoff, a youth ministry parent meeting is a great way to keep everyone in the communications loop.

Can You Pass the Timothy Test?

Toward the end of the Apostle Paul’s final letter he gave his younger protege, Timothy, four challenges. I’ve come to nickname these challenges “The Timothy Test.”
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Youth Ministry Student Roles: 10 Ways to Increase Teen Ownership

One of the most amazing things you'll ever do in youth ministry is empower students to take ownership of the program. After all, it's their ministry (or should be). Having youth ministry student roles helps turn that goal into a reality.
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Proud Father Teaches Son How to Stack Chairs in Front of Youth Group Girls

According to sources, local dad Michael Stoutt is training up his son in the way he should go and teaching him how to be a man. Just as his father before him taught him the ways of chair-stacking at church, Michael is now teaching his son Marcus to stack chairs.

Was There Any Value in Purity Culture or Was It All Just a Mistake?

Whether we’re married or single, purity begins in the heart, and that’s why God tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart [mind, inner being], for it is the wellspring of life”.
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10 Rock – Solid Reasons You Should NOT Quit Youth Ministry

Perhaps you’re one of those youth leaders who is rethinking your role as a youth leader. Here are 10 rock-solid reasons you should not quit.
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7 Examples of Bad Friends Who Are Sure to Ruin Your Life

When it comes to sharing examples of bad friends, I always point to a night I remember so clearly. I was driving down a dark, narrow two-lane road with the gas pedal to the floor. Intoxicated. It was the night my life hit rock bottom.
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12 Prayer Stations Ideas for an Interactive Youth Event

Take prayer time to the next level by incorporating one or more creative prayer stations ideas into your youth ministry programming.
Youth Ministry Summer Strategy

Youth Ministry Summer Strategy: 4 Scheduling Tips for Intentionality

An age-old debate in youth ministry is whether to take the summer off. I've always landed on the side of NO! The caveat is that you need to carefully consider your youth ministry summer strategy.
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18 Youth Group Games, Lessons and Activities for Teens

A thriving youth group is crucial for churches that want to grow. But planning youth group games and activities week after week can be tough. Here are 18 youth group games and activities you can use at your youth events to keep things fresh.
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Youth Group Summer Camps: 3 Reasons They’re Vital

With everything else that tends to get packed into the precious summer months, you might be tempted to skip camp this summer. But I encourage you not to make that mistake!
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43 Youth Group Names That Will Add a Spark to Your Ministry

Clever youth group names aren’t the main ingredient in a teen ministry, yet they add meaning, create a sense of identity and communicate your purpose and plans. Check out this list of 43 great names to consider.
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What Is Purity Really All About, According to God?

A student recently asked a loaded question through eyes of pain. I don’t know what the pain was or what had happened, but she asked in longing: What is purity? She said, "I’m wondering how something not pure can ever be pure again.”
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Know How to Answer This Question: “Why Is Youth Group Important?”

Don't let your kids miss out on these 5 vital reason to stay plugged into youth group.
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31 Ministry Roles and Responsibilities for Teens

When I leave things undone on purpose, kids have something to do when they arrive. Roles and responsibilities for teens are essential for growing young servants and leaders.

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