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Youth Pastor Problems: When Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor Don’t Align

One of many youth pastor problems is getting along with the senior pastor. So here's my working list that describes HOW youth pastors can have a decent Kingdom-minded relationship with their senior leaders.

Helping Parents in Their Vital Role of Nurturing Teens

As a youth worker and a parent, I can safely say: Helping parents understand and nurture their teens is a tremendous need. Just by helping the parents of kids in your church, you can see and experience crazy amounts of ministry occurring.

Youth Retreat: Take a Deep Dive Into Discipleship

Doug Fields offers tips for an outstanding discipleship retreat for teens.

Water Balloon Games: 10 Wet, Wild & Wacky Activities for Kids

Water balloon games are some of my kids’ favorite summer activities. They're sure to be a hit with your kids, from elementary age through high school.

How to Help Your Kids Love God

The church is concerned with helping kids love God, but there is only so much the church can do. It is at home where kids are going to get most of their discipleship training.

Purity: Helping Young People Honor God, Themselves and Others

The Purity Code: In honor of God, my family, and my future spouse, I commit my life to sexual purity. 

Suicidal Teen: What Youth Leaders Need to Know

It's been heavy in our youth group this past month, with one suicidal teen after another. We have to be prepared for the worst—suicidal threats and attempts—as best as we can.

46 Debate Topics for Youth at Church

Teenagers love to talk. So why not harness that vocal energy by using debate topics for youth at church? In-depth conversations sharpen kids' faith and evangelism skills.

How Many Countries Is the Bible Banned In?

Do your youth group members realize it’s a privilege to freely own a copy of God’s Word? Explore the answer to this question: How many countries is the Bible banned in?

6 Results of Relational Evangelism

Traditional approaches are losing its impact on today’s teens who need and want more. Instead, let’s look at six things that happen when you switch gears and start to focus on relational evangelism.

Parents’ Prayers for Children: 10 Ways to Lift Your Kids to God

Parents' prayers for children are powerful and effective, yielding fruit both now and for eternity. But do you ever feel like you're praying the same things over and over?

Bible Lesson on Creation for Youth: Explore Genesis With Your Kids

If you want an engaging youth group Bible study that’s sure to get teens and tweens talking, go back to “in the beginning.” As...

Youth Bible Study Teaching: 20 Tips to Liven Up Your Lessons

Let's face it: Youth Bible Study teaching tends to get a little…predictable. Leaders often fall into the habit of using the same basic teaching methods.

A Prayer for Man: Interceding for Guys Who Struggle With Despair

We men soothe ourselves with illusions of strength, with fantasies of control, with digital delusions. But we're often hurting...to the point that we're destroying ourselves. Prayer for man has never been more important.

Jesus Is the Only Way: How to Answer Questions About Salvation

The path to salvation is the most important topic youth leaders can address. Kids need to know that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Here's how you can answer the question, "Is Jesus the only way?"

Why a Youth Lock In Schedule Makes a World of Difference

Youth ministry is synonymous with the youth lock in. Teenagers enjoy staying up all night together and telling everyone about it the next day. But without a solid youth lock in schedule, you might be in for a rude awakening.

How to Use Journals in Preteen Ministry

The age range of preteens may be rather narrow, but the avenues for preteen ministry are wide. For a meaningful preteen and tween activity that helps kids explore and grow their faith, consider breaking out paper and pens.

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.

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.

Why Your Youth Ministry Program Can’t Stay Stuck in the ’80s

Most of our strategies to reach and disciple young people haven't changed since the '80s. Find out why your youth ministry program needs to leave that approach in the past.

Former Bethel Pastor Addresses ‘Wild Rumors’ About Grave Sucking and Gold...

A woman who was a pastor at Bethel Church and a student at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry has addressed a number of the controversies surrounding Bethel, including accusations that the church practices “grave sucking” and rejects modern medicine.

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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