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Youth leader training

Youth Leader Training That Meets Real Needs

Recently, I've noticed a shift in how many people think about youth leader training. Many youth workers are recognizing the immediate need for training that is contextualized.
youth group leadership

Youth Group Leadership: 7 Habits to Develop Now

These tips will help youth leaders guide students into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
teenage messages

Must-Hear Teenage Messages for Your Kids

Kids are bombarded by words, but what loud-and-clear teenage messages are they receiving in the process? The teenage messages we convey as youth leaders can let kids know that they matter. The words we use can make a difference.
youth missionary trips

14 Ideas for High-Impact Youth Missionary Trips

For many Christian teens, a highlight of their time in youth ministry is venturing out on youth missionary trips with their friends. No matter your group’s size, budget or ability levels, options are available for youth missionary trips that meet your specific needs.
youth group

Why Your Youth Group Events Must Move Beyond Fun & Games

The truth is that our events aren't supposed to be as fun as the other stuff out there. Our events are just supposed to be more meaningful.

How to Craft Stellar Youth Ministry Mission Statements

It's a fact: Every thriving youth ministry needs a solid, meaningful mission statement. Join me for a quick look at how to draft --...
Becoming a Youth Pastor

Becoming a Youth Pastor: What You Need to Know

What makes a great youth pastor? There are some qualifications you need to know before entering the youth pastorate.
reasons to step down from ministry

Watch for These Reasons to Step Down From Ministry

You will not be the leader of your ministry forever.
sex before marriage

Next Steps for When Sex Before Marriage Leaves You Heartbroken

"I had sex before marriage." Has anyone ever said this to you, seeking your advice? John Piper got a letter recently from a Christian young man broken over having slept with his girlfriend. What would you say to him?
next generation

Investing in the Next Wave of Leaders

One of the reasons I’ve failed at raising the next generation of leaders is because I’ve tried to force them into areas where the people in charge have too much control. It would be best if you found leaders who want to mentor and invest in their leaders.
Bible study for Middle Schoolers

Bible Study for Middle Schoolers: What You Need to Know Now

There are a few key things you should focus on in your Bible study with teens.
how to preach to youth

How to Preach to Youth Effectively

It's challenging for a youth minister to preach to teenagers, but doing so is also extremely rewarding. Here are seven tips for how to preach to teens effectively.

Helping Your Teenagers Process Horrific Mass Shootings

When traumatic events happen, it provides an opportunity to speak into young lives in a deep and meaningful way.
why is youth group important

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.
female youth

How to Grow a Youth Ministry

Are you sabotaging the growth and health of your youth ministry?

Is Youth Ministry Still Relevant?

A scenario I see playing out in a lot of churches around the country is the phasing out of student ministries. There is a notion out there that says youth ministry isn’t relevant to the Church any longer.
christian teens and sex

Christian Teens and Sex: 6 Key Teaching Tips for Youth Leaders

Nervous about teaching on teens and sex? Sex is an amazing gift that the enemy has taken and used for evil.
youth lock-ins

Putting an End to Youth Lock-ins

It's time to stop doing youth lock-ins at your church.
Justin Bieber

How An Unspoken Justin Bieber Joke Taught Me To Treat Everyone As An Image-Bearer

Sure, Justin Bieber is one of the most famous people on the planet. He’s used to being ridiculed, joked about and criticized. That’s the price of fame.
sleep deprivation

How Your Students’ Sleep Deprivation Is Affecting Your Ministry

Sleep deprivation is a very real problem that very often leads to other very real problems. It's not something we should lift up or tacitly encourage.

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