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Youth Group Conversation Starters: 35 Topics to Get Teens Talking

The ability to facilitate deeper relationships is a core skill in youth ministry. Deeper relationships typically begin with conversations, so leaders must learn to initiate them. That’s why we love lists of youth group conversation starters.

Youth Ministry Is Being Reshaped by These 10 Important Trends

What will youth ministry look like in the years to come? Here are 10 predictions about trends for the field of student ministry.

Combat Porn: Heed This Helpful Advice From Anti-Porn Advocates

Unfortunately, parents and youth leaders in the digital age must be aware of the need to combat porn. That's because it's prevalent online and on teenagers' phones.

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.

Youth Lessons on Relationships: 9 Ministry Resources for Teens

Because relationships are such a big part of adolescence, youth lessons on relationships are always needed. From friendships to romantic pairings to a relationship with God, teens have relationships on the brain—and heart.

How to Build a Friendship: 6 Relationship Tips for Youth Ministry

Knowing how to build a friendship with teens has never been more critical. Today's young people are increasingly isolated, but youth ministers have opportunities to develop life-changing relationships with kids.

Ministry Lessons From the Deconstruction of YouTubers Rhett and Link

My kids love YouTubers Rhett and Link, who host the Ear Biscuits podcast. But a recent episode where the hosts deconstruct their faith really rocked their worlds. How should youth leaders respond?

Debate Topics for Youth at Church: 46 Subjects Teens Can Tackle

Teenagers love to talk. So why not harness that vocal energy by using debate topics for youth at church? In-depth conversations sharpen teens' faith and evangelism skills.

Youth Ministry Volunteers: How to Find and Keep Valuable Teammates

Youth ministry volunteers are the lifeblood of a working program. Whether they're leading a small group or in charge of donuts, these ministry teammates are essential. Learn how to find and keep them!

Questions About Gaming Culture and Social Media for Kids of All Ages

Christians need to ponder some important questions about gaming culture and social media.

Taking Care of the Introverts in Your Youth Ministry

One-third to one-half of the students in our youth ministries are introverts. And in my ministry experiences, three-quarters of our programs and ideas nurture the extroverted nature.

How to Disciple a Teenager: 6 Helpful Resources for Faith Development

I'm often asked how to disciple a teenager. So I've compiled a helpful list of faith discipleship resources for youth leaders and parents.

Questions to Ask Youth About Faith: 30 Queries for Spiritual Growth

Bringing up spiritual topics with teens can be challenging. But if you’re a youth leader or parent, it’s in your job description! To help, we’ve compiled a bunch of questions to ask youth about faith.

Effective Youth Ministry Strategies: 10 Keys for Impact

I want to share these 10 highly effective youth ministry strategies. Throughout the years, they've helped me maintain maximum impact.

5 Tips for Facilitating Small Groups Effectively

Small group discussion is so important, and really is the place where the Word can be applied as much as any other time. Generating discussion is tough for leaders, but is extremely important to having an effective small group discussion.

Teen Bible App: How to Help Teens Connect With Scripture

The start of a new year is a natural time to leverage new approaches to Scripture reading, including a teen Bible app. Check out these 5 resources.

What Do Youth Want From Church? And What Do They Need?

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

Youth Ministry Roles and Responsibilities: 5 Areas Kids Can Fill

In youth ministry, many leaders must come to grips with the reality that they can't do everything themselves. The positive side of that, however, is that teens are well-qualified to fill many youth ministry roles and responsibilities.

Videos for Student Ministry That Provide Comic Relief

Tons of research affirms the positive value humor adds to life. So we've assembled a bunch of funny videos for student ministry.

How to Plan a Church Youth Program in 7 Easy Steps

Planning a youth worship service goes more smoothly when you stick to a routine. Follow these 7 easy steps to help you master how to plan a church youth program..

Korn Guitarist Clarifies That He’s Still a Christian, Says Media Used...

Korn guitarist Brian Welch posted a video last month titled “Am I Still A Christian?” The two minute video addressed a podcast interview he did with Machine Head’s Rob Flynn in March of last year.

Mike Cosper: What ‘The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill’ Means...

Mike Cosper joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share his experience creating the "The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill" and his thoughts on what church leaders should take away from the series.

Articles for Youth Leaders