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Personal Christian Retreat: An Outline for Spiritual Renewal

For years, I've taken a regular personal Christian retreat. The getaway is a staple for renewing my mind and heart. Find out how to take your own retreat!

Genesis Bible Lessons for Youth: The Beginning of God’s Story

Genesis Bible lessons for youth offer teenagers a solid foundation for Christian faith. Use these free lessons—on Creation, Abraham, and Joseph—in your ministry!

10 Minute Worship Ideas Add Variety to Your Middle School Ministry

Middle school students often thrive on competition and social atmospheres. So the challenge of 10 minute worship ideas goes over really well.

Youth Lessons on Sin: How to Answer Kids’ Sticky Questions

Teenagers ask tough questions, which makes youth ministry immensely rewarding yet also challenging. Lately I've felt especially challenged when teaching youth lessons on sin

Late Pickup: How to Handle Tardy Parents at Ministry Events

In your youth ministry, how do you handle late pickup by parents? Check out these suggestions for that tricky but common dilemma.

Church Program Order of Service: Ideas for Planning Youth Worship

No perfect, one-size-fits-all church program order of service exists. But I do believe the perfect order exists for a youth worship experience.

Night Games for Youth: Light Up Your Next Teen Gathering

Youth group games provide loads of laughs, help teens bond, and can even yield important lessons. When you’re meeting in the evening, break out some fun, fast-paced night games for youth.

Cliques in Church Youth Groups: 7 Steps to Include All Teens

Cliques are the enemy of healthy community and faith growth. Use these 7 steps to avoid cliques in church youth groups.

Why Youth Ministry Is Important

I have been serving teens now for 15 years as a volunteer and on staff at different churches, and I still need to be reminded why youth ministry is important. I need to be reminded because the truth is that student ministry can be difficult.

Youth Ministry Statistics Show Signs of Hope, Need for Revival

Don't be discouraged about youth ministry statistics and challenges. Instead, prepare for revival and equip students to share the Gospel!

Youth Ministry Is Serious Business, So Please Pay Attention, Pastors

If you're a pastor, youth leader or parent, please take youth ministry and teenagers seriously. The right kind of youth ministry is necessary now more than ever.

8 Things That Keep Young People in Church

It’s no secret that many college-age students who were raised in church drop out once they’re on their own. On the other hand, some churches have done a good job of keeping and reaching this group. Here’s what I see that keeps young people in church.

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.

Leonard Sweet: Church Leaders, God Has Given You This Moment—Don’t Miss...

Dr. Leonard Sweet joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share what our current cultural “volcanoes” mean for the church and why he sees hope amid the chaos.

Articles for Youth Leaders