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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.

Teaching Spiritual Disciplines to Youth: 5 Important Tips

Spiritual disciplines really boil down to spending regular, focused time with God. Teaching spiritual disciplines to youth isn't complicated. Just follow these guidelines.

Summer Camp Planning: 3 Key Ingredients for Success

Planning ahead is crucial for almost all elements of youth group programming. This is especially true for any kind of camp or trip. Here are three key ingredients for successful summer camp planning.

Youth Discipleship: 5 Essential Reminders for Your Ministry Team

Here’s a few things I’ve challenged our team to keep in mind when discipling.

What Is Youth Ministry?: A Clear Biblical Community Definition

Scripture attests over and over again that the Christian life isn't meant to be lived or cultivated in solitude. In fact, “incubator for discipleship” is the biblical community definition.

Must-Hear Teenage Messages for Your Kids

Kids are bombarded by words, but what loud-and-clear teenage messages are they receiving in the process? The teenage messages we convey as youth leaders can let kids know that they matter. The words we use can make a difference.

How Will She Relate to the Guys?: Thoughts on Women in Youth Ministry

I've heard a question asked by curious and well-meaning board members, camp directors, youth pastors, and leaders when hiring a female youth leader or speaker.

5 Bible Messages For Youth That Make a Huge Impact

What Bible messages are you impressing upon your teens to reaffirm them?

6 Things I Learned About COMPASSION…

You really never understand a ministry until you see how they function in their ministry setting. Looking from a distance will never give you...

4 Quick and Easy Christmas Youth Group Games

Four favorite games guaranteed to add that extra sparkle to your Christmas fellowship or get together.

20 Tips to Spice Up Bible Teaching

"We get in the habit of teaching the same basic structure of a lesson over and over again," says Andy Blanks.

7 Signs of Unchecked Arrogance in Young Leaders

If you're one of these young leaders, be aware of these problematic signs of unchecked arrogance. Make sure you check your heart!

Should We Allow Dating in Our Student Ministry?

More often, I see relationships built in student ministry, and then a result is horrible and ugly break ups that affect the friendships, cause drama and, in a lot of cases, tend to be uncomfortable for other students surrounding these dating issues. I want to share some of our philosophy on how we deal with dating:

5 Reasons Jesus Would Be Fired If He Was Your Youth Pastor

I am convinced Jesus would be fired within his first few months of becoming a youth pastor at the average church. Here are five reasons why He wouldn't make it.

How to Disciple a Teenager Well

“How can we equip teenagers to truly live out their faith in a world full of distractions?”

Why Regrets Are a Waste of Time

It’s that time of year where we may feel regret because we didn’t do what we had planned to do, because we tried but didn’t even come close, because well, we failed.

Dealing With Christmas Stress: How to Avoid a “Bah, Humbug!” Christmas

For many, it’s a simple formula: The higher the level of stress = the higher the chance of a bout with depression.

10 Keys to Effective Youth Ministry

Have you ever felt like you weren't making a difference? These tips might help you build more effective youth ministry.

2 Christmas Games

It's Christmas and it is the season for giving so I thought I should give away a few games we have done the past...

Keeping Your Family Focused on Christ During the Christmas Rush

So it’s Christmas! It’s a time for joy & celebration, family & faith... ...and three white elephant parties, two cookie exchanges, six performances of the...

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