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6 Things I Learned About COMPASSION…

You really never understand a ministry until you see how they function in their ministry setting. Looking from a distance will never give you...
4 Quick and Easy Christmas Youth Group Games

4 Quick and Easy Christmas Youth Group Games

Four favorite games guaranteed to add that extra sparkle to your Christmas fellowship or get together.
All I Want for Christmas - 10 Youth Ministry Gifts

All I Want for Christmas – 10 Youth Ministry Gifts

What are the youth ministry gifts your youth pastor really wants?

Teens and Church: Is It Worth the Battle?

Do you force attendance and run the risk of making your teenager even angrier with you, the church and maybe even God?
Hellfire, Brimstone and Youth Ministry

Hellfire, Brimstone and Youth Ministry

Go online and take a look at the vast array of youth ministry curriculum made available for a youth leader to use and you'll see all sorts of subjects. You'll see subjects that range from building a healthy self-image to conquering anxiety to strengthening our relationship with God.

Is Youth Ministry a BIG Strategic Focus in Your Church? It Should Be!

Youth ministry is often dismissed as something less than strategic in far too many churches.
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Understanding Transgender, Non-Binary, and Intersex

We’re not just talking about an issue; we’re talking about people. Because It’s about both people and an issue, and so we must aim to be both biblical on the issue and loving to people. Especially when people are struggling with their biological sex.
Thoughts of Suicide

What to Do When Your Child Has Thoughts of Suicide

Suicide is not something anyone wants to think about, much less become familiar with, but when you're child expresses thoughts of suicide, you may not know what to do. Here's what you as a parent can do for your child.
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The Game Changing App for Teen Evangelism You’ve Been Waiting For

Imagine if you could give the teens in your youth group an app that made teen evangelism and sharing the Gospel both easy and engaging. The 6 words app is just that.

What Purpose-Driven Means to Generation Z

Clearly a purpose-driven church is needed now more than ever. But do our purposes align with theirs in a way that would prove attractive? You might be surprised.

Please Don’t Give Them Porn for Christmas

This Christmas a lot of children will receive pornography from under the tree. It's not what they wanted, and not what their parents intended for them to have.
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Is It OK to Be Single?

In today's society, we emphasize marriage so much that we believe that being single represents a lesser state... that's not true and here's why.
How to Take Care of the Introverts in Your Ministry

How to Take Care of Introverts in Your Ministry

Here are some thoughts on how youth ministry can take care of introverts at a party based on what I’m picking up from Susan Cain's recently released new book: Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts (A guide for KIDS and TEENS).
4 Super Effective Ways to Motivate Spiritually Apathetic Teenagers

4 Super Effective Ways to Motivate Spiritually Apathetic Teenagers

If you've been in youth ministry for any amount of time, you've encountered spiritually apathetic teenagers. Between the rolling eyes and heavy sighs it's easy to get discouraged when it comes to inspiring young people to know, live, share and own their faith.
A Netflix Show Youth Workers and Parents Might Want to Watch

Unbelievable: A Netflix Show Youth Workers and Parents Might Want to Watch

Every once in a while a movie or TV show comes along that actually “gets” young people today or provides a glimpse at “how to reach them.” Well, Netflix just released a series titled, Unbelievable, that literally took my breath away, on several levels.
Parents: 5 Reasons to Keep Your Students in Youth Group

Parents: 5 Reasons to Keep Your Students in Youth Group

Don't let your kids miss out on these 5 vital reason to stay plugged into youth group.
Why Your Children's Ministry Isn't Growing ... Sports Are Not the Problem

Why Your Children’s Ministry Isn’t Growing … Sports Are Not the Problem

Think sports are the problem for your children's ministry's shrinking attendance? Think again. Here are real reasons your children's ministry isn't growing.
Mind the Gap: Reuniting Generations in Our Churches

Mind the Gap: Reuniting Generations in Our Churches

Recently there’s been a return to cross-generational and intergenerational communities and contexts with reuniting generations in our generations. This is mostly because of the research being done on the importance of multigenerational community.
8 Deadly Sins Of Student Pastors

8 Deadly Sins of Student Pastors

Student ministry is one of the greatest callings within the church! But there are some deadly sins of student pastors that must be avoided.
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The Elusive Quest for Getting a Raise

So, you want a raise. Who doesn't. Getting a raise as a vocational youth worker is one of the most difficult, and therefore rarest item to ever make a church budget. Just like the quest for El Dorado, this journey often leads to a disappointing conclusion.

Latest News

Should Tax Payers Pay for Christian School? SCOTUS to Decide

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Wednesday in what could be a landmark case impacting the separation of church and state.

New Podcasts

Daniel Henderson: How to Lead Your People in Prayer

“We know that prayer is one of our primary priorities in ministry," says Daniel Henderson, "but it’s hard to lead where you’ve not gone yourself.”