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Preaching for Youth: Finding Topics for Youth Sermons

Finding great youth sermons is tough, but this is a pretty normal challenge, especially when you have to preach every Sunday! Here's how to find good topics for your youth group.

How to Apologize When You Mess Up in Youth Ministry

We all mess up, and we all say we're sorry. But we don't all know how to apologize well.

Youth Group Kickoff: 10 Ideas That Work Far Beyond Fall

Even if you’ve already started and planned out a good chunk of the year, listen up! Here's a veritable “idea-buffet” that can kick your youth group kickoff season into the strata of community building.

Opening Prayers for Youth Groups: 11 Ideas for Your Next Meeting

When it’s time to dive into a Bible study or message, the opening prayer you choose can make a world of difference. So we’ve collected a variety of opening prayers for youth groups that will help spark your own ideas.

Youth Group Games: 7 Easy Circle Games

Need a couple of easy youth group games to keep in your back pocket?

Christian Sex Education: 5 Reasons It Needs to Start at Home

In your family, what's your strategy for teaching Christian sex education? Christian homes should be the most open, honest and comfortable places for kids to learn and ask questions about sex.

He Already Knows the Answer, But God Still Calls Us to Pray

Recently, a question about God and faith has been stirring in my heart, especially amid great tragedy and pain and loss: If he already knows the answer and has decided the outcome, why the need for prayer?

Game of Thrones: Can You Be a Christian and Watch Certain Shows?

Can you be a Christian and watch Game of Thrones? Such inquiries usually come less in the form of genuine curiosity and more in the form of judgmental arrogance. The tone, in other words, is "How can someone possibly be a Christian and…?"

Messy Youth Group Games: Food-Related Fun for Teens

Food games are fun and creative—especially when they're messy. We've picked our top 10 messy youth group games that involve food. Now you can ensure you play the games that will cause the most mess and make the most fun!

I Can’t Stop Sinning, So What’s the Point of Stopping?

Many young people struggle with the idea of sin. Junior and senior high students tend to think, "If I can't stop sinning, then what's the point of stopping?"

Lessons on Prayer for Youth: 8 Resources to Use With Teens

By teaching intentional lessons on prayer for youth, leaders help kids establish good communication habits with God that will last a lifetime.

How to Help our Teens Deal With LGBTQ Issues

Teens today have to deal with their own confusing identity issues, as well as those of their peers.

How to Share the Gospel in 5 Minutes (Though Kids CAN Listen Longer)

Yes, it's important to know how to share the gospel in 5 minutes. But no, that's not all the time you have with kids. Their attention spans are longer than that; you just need to know how to engage them.

Teaching the Bible to Kids

There are many ways that parents can learn teaching the bible to kids and help them understand key lessons that can enhance their lives at any age.

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.

Transgender Peer Pressure: Is Your Child Vulnerable?

A new study indicates there is an observable link between peer group influence and increased social media use and gender dysphoria in adolescents and young adults.

Church Movie License: 6 Myths on Showing Films at Youth Events

Do you have a church movie license for youth group events? Are you abiding by the copyright laws? Find out 6 myths about showing films at church. #youthministry #youthevents #churchevents

Get to Know You Games: Top 10 Icebreaker Activities for Youth

Get to know you games help teenagers mingle and find out a little bit about each other. These fun activities are great for breaking the ice and helping new kids feel welcome at youth group.

Meals for Teenage Groups: 30 Ideas Beyond Pizza and Pop

Pizza may be the ol’ standby when it comes to meals for teenage groups. But that doesn’t mean youth leaders need to “stand by” and dial for delivery every week.

Youth Group Kids Leaving the Faith at Alarming Rates Despite Unlimited Pizza and Mountain Dew

A concerning new study has revealed that kids raised in church youth group are leaving the Christian faith at alarming rates, regardless of how much free Mountain Dew and pizza the church ministry feeds them in high school.

Lauren Boebert in Call Refuses to Apologize for Anti-Muslim Remarks

Days after firebrand conservative Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado was harshly criticized for making anti-Muslim comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat whom she likened to a bomb-carrying terrorist, the two spoke by phone.

Greg Laurie on the Likelihood of Another Jesus Movement and Why...

Greg Laurie appears on the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share what it was like to grow up in the middle of the Jesus People Movement and his thoughts on whether we'll see another awakening like it.

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