Articles for Youth Leaders

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10 Minute, 10 Word Prayer Experience to Spice Up Your Youth Ministry

10 Minute, 10 Word Prayer Experience to Spice Up Your Youth Ministry

Here’s the timeline breakdown for the prayer experience, more or less. We often went WAY over time because the group was too excited about what they were learning.
Why Youth Leaders Need Apostolic Resolve

Why Youth Leaders Need Apostolic Resolve

God has given you a mission, your specific piece of advancing THE Cause of Christ in your own community. You must have apostolic resolve as you identify it, relentlessly pray over it and do everything you can in the power of Christ to accomplish it.
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Self Esteem Activities for Kids Who Are Part of Generation Screen

Kids who are part of "Generation Screen" need parents to utilize self esteem activities for kids more than ever.
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Why Is Christian Dating So Weird?

Here's some Christian dating advice: don't make dating weirder than it already is. Really, all dating is awkward...but some Christians take it to the next level.
How to Give a Brilliant Youth Talk

How to Give a Brilliant Youth Talk

Here is the most amazing structure ever used for creating a youth talk for students: Hook, Book, Look, Took! You'll become a pro with this approach.
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Longevity in Ministry Beats Personality Every Time!

Longevity in ministry beats personality every time! Want to know how I know? I was recently asked why the youth program at our church was so amazing.  Between you and me, our youth ministry really isn't amazing. Here's what matters.
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The Problem With Summer Camp

Are you proudly touting this significant issue in your summer camp?
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4 Signs That Person Is NOT the One

It could be the person you're dating is not the one. Since more marriages end in divorce these days than stay intact for life, you'll want to be on the lookout for signs that who you’re dating is not who you want to marry.
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8 Great Summer Outreach Ideas for Youth Ministry

As a youth leader, it’s all too easy to inadvertently fall into a pattern of slacking off and slowing down your Gospel Advancing Ministry efforts during the summer months. Instead, here are 8 great summer outreach ideas to reach teenagers.

Christian Teens and Social Media: Positive Stats You Should Know

There are actually some positive statistics you should know about Christian teens and social media.  A New Voice Raises Concerns About Teens and Social Media Last...
Taking Care of the Introverts in Your Ministry

Taking Care of the Introverts in Your 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.
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Lawnmower Parents and Snowflake Spirituality

I’ve noticed that, possibly as a result of their own lawnmower parents, there’s a growing trend among younger Christ followers in regard to handling adversity. In short, many are spiritual snowflakes.

Does Virginity Still Matter to Churched Teenagers?

To simply put it, virginity is an indicator of mature Christian culture. It is like calculus. In order to understand calculus you need to know and understand rudimentary math, algebra, geometry and trigonometry.

5 Myths about Expository Teaching in Youth Groups

Is expository teaching or topical teaching best for your youth group?
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10 Things Parents Want From Youth Ministry

There are some basic things that parents expect from you and your ministry.
3 Tips for Teaching the Bible to Middle School Students

3 Tips for Teaching the Bible to Middle School Students

There are a few key things you should focus on in your Bible study with teens.
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5 Ways to Reach Apathetic Teenagers

How do we motivate teenagers who are apathetic about their faith? For the last 24 years, I've been training teenagers to live and share the Gospel. The biggest challenge I've faced by far is spiritual apathy.

How to Find Summer Balance in Your Youth Ministry

Having served in student ministry for over 25 years I have learned something about summer balance and time.
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10 Things Youth Ministry Needs Less Of

I've been rethinking youth ministry. When I think about what the future holds for ministering to youth, there are 10 things I would like to see less.
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Is It Okay if I Don’t ‘Feel’ God?

Do you not "feel God"? Do you ever fear that something is wrong with you, that you're not really a Christian because you're not having the amazing experiences everyone else seems to have?

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N.T. Wright: the New Testament Is Clear on Female Preachers

While the American church continues to wrestle and debate about the question "What does the Bible say about female preachers?" Theologian N.T. Wright says the New Testament is clear.

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