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Youth Ministry: The Case for (the Right Kind of) Teen Ministry

Discover the kind of youth ministry Jesus himself practiced with his mostly teenage disciples!

Thanksgiving Bingo: Free Download for Holiday Fun With Kids

Thanksgiving bingo is a fun, creative way to spark gratitude in kids. Enjoy playing this free activity with your youth group!

Church Youth Groups: 6 Types of Small Groups for Student Ministry

Church youth groups increasingly rely on small groups to conduct ministry to teens. Here's a breakdown of 6 common types of small groups in teen ministry.

Grow Youth Ministry by Adding More of These 10 Key Components

Need tips on how to grow youth ministry? Do you want to build up your church's program to teens? Then check out these 10 things your teen ministry needs more of.

Questions About the Bible: How You Can Be Ready to Answer Kids

Questions about the Bible come up often with young children. Kids are thinkers. They ask good and sometimes hard questions about Scripture. Read on to discover how to answer!

Sarah Jakes Roberts: 5 Messages of Hope and Strength for Teens

Sarah Jakes Roberts, a pastor who was recently named leader of her father’s women’s-empowerment ministry, has some powerful words for young people. Offer hope and healing to teens with these messages.

Why God’s Word Matters: 3 Reasons Teens Need to Read the Bible

Do teens ask you why God's word matters? Because of worldly influences, Christians often don’t value the Bible enough. So review these basics with your youth group.

Youth Minister Burnout: Warning Signs & Remedies You Need to Know

Discover the precise behaviors that will put you on a path to youth minister burnout—as well as how to stop the cycle in its tracks.

10 Things That Require Zero Talent

I encourage the clients I coach to focus on what they can control. And several of those things take absolutely no special skills. In fact, anyone can master 10 things that require zero talent.

Small Church Youth Ministry: Ideas to Help You (and Kids) Thrive

Small church youth ministry has been receiving lots of attention lately...and rightly so! Most congregations in America are smaller, under 300 people. Check out these 5 expert tips about leading a small youth program.

Family Ministry Should Not Replace Your Youth Ministry: Here’s Why

Family ministry is important. But youth leaders often end up as the primary spiritual influence on teenagers. So don't sacrifice youth ministry to build a family ministry at your church.

Sustainable Youth Ministry: 8 Viable Tools to Build a Program

Youth ministry veteran Mark DeVries offers 8 important tools for building a sustainable youth ministry. Discover how to equip your church's teen program for the long haul.

7 Simple Prayer Ideas for Daily Prayer

When it comes to developing health in your prayer life, learn the seven prayer ideas you see practiced consistently in Scripture.

Is Masturbation a Sin in the Bible? 10 Scriptural Resources for Teens

Is masturbation a sin in the Bible? Check out these 11 scriptural resources for answering teens' tough questions about sex and sexuality.

Good Theological Questions: What Are Reasons for God’s Existence?

Good theological questions deserve lots of time and attention in youth group and teen Bible studies. For example: What are some arguments for the existence of God?

Stronger Youth Ministry: 10 Ways to Build Your Program

Want to build a stronger youth ministry? Feel like you’re scrambling to put together each week’s youth group meeting? Use these 10 expert tips to grow a more durable program for teens.

Toxic Person: 6 Early Warning Signs You’re Dealing With One

A toxic person is, well, toxic. An unhealthy person can infect your team like toxins infect the human body. Discover 6 warning signs of a toxic person.

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.

Launch Student Ministry Into the Stratosphere With These 6 Tips

Ready to launch student ministry, programs, or events? What's holding you back? Use these 6 expert tips for a successful liftoff.

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.

Trillia Newbell: How Church Leaders Can Deal With Fear and Anxiety

Trillia Newbell joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to explain how the Lord has helped her with her fear and anxiety and also to share some thoughts on women in ministry.

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