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2 Christmas Games

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

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...
5 Things to Remember When Discipling Youth

5 Things to Remember When Discipling Youth

Here’s a few things I’ve challenged our team to keep in mind when discipling.
5 Tips for Discipline and Disruption in Junior High Ministry

5 Tips for Discipline and Disruption in Junior High Ministry

How you handle discipline with junior highers will communicate a lot about how you love them.
The Temptation of Youth Ministry

The Temptation of Youth Ministry

If I were given everything in the whole world but couldn’t have this one thing, could I resist it?
Open Letter to Parents of Teens

Open Letter to Parents of Teens

This is what so many of us youth workers have wanted to say to (some) parents over the years.
Conquer the Youth Lock-In, Before it Conquers You

Conquer the Youth Lock-In, Before It Conquers You

The term youth ministry is synonymous with youth lock-in. Teenagers like being together and staying up all night and telling everyone about it the...
One Of The Many Problems Youth Pastors Face: What To Do When A Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor Don’t Align

One of the Many Problems Youth Pastors Face: What to Do When a Youth...

How can the youth pastor/senior pastor relationship improve?
Humble Confidence vs. Insecure Pride

The Two Big Attitudes that Will Sink a Youth Leader

Leaders have two seemingly-paradoxical postures they can lead from.
5 Reasons Jesus Would Be Fired If He Was Your Youth Pastor

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

"Jesus would be fired within his first months of becoming a youth leader..." -Greg Stier.
#1 Thing You Can Do Right Now to Be a Better Youth Pastor

#1 Thing You Can Do Right Now to Be a Better Youth Pastor

It’s time we ask for help instead of leaning back, filled with pride, thinking of “those children/student ministry people’s issues.”
Youth Ministry Evangelism 501: Learning How to Reach Out to ALL Families in Your Community

Youth Ministry Evangelism 501: Learning How to Reach Out to ALL Families in Your...

Youth ministry evangelism is a great thing but what if youth ministries widen their reach beyond students to all families in the community?
10 Trends That Will Reshape Youth Ministry

10 Trends That Will Reshape Youth Ministry

What will youth ministry look like in 2020?
10 Keys to Effective Youth Ministry

10 Keys to Effective Youth Ministry

Have you ever felt like you weren't making a difference? These tips might help you become more effective.
Should We Allow Dating in our Student Ministry?

Should We Allow Dating in Our Student Ministry?

Here is some of our philosophy on how we deal with dating.

What Needs to Change in Youth Ministry?

Rachel Blom looks to the future of youth ministry, and what needs to change.

5 Marks of Super Effective Youth Leaders

I just had the privilege of spending a week with 50 amazing youth leaders from across the nation and their top student ministry leaders. Lead...

What's More Enjoyable: Promiscuity or Monogamy?

What’s more enjoyable, a monogamous sexual relationship, or promiscuity (sleeping with whoever you want)? Most entertainment media seems to lean towards the latter. Why is...

Greg Stier: My Five Pre-Preaching Rituals

As a “professional communicator) I get the privilege of doing a lot of speaking to a ton of different groups. God has blessed me...

10 Important Questions Youth Leaders Should Be Asking Themselves

Asking questions is a good thing. Questions have a way of amplifying weaknesses and clarifying priorities. Perhaps that’s why Jesus asked so many questions...
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