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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...

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.

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.

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.

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...

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

This is what so many of us youth workers have wanted to say to (some) parents over the years.

#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 is a great thing but what if youth ministries widen their reach beyond students to all families in the community?

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...

3 Disciplines Every Youth Leader Needs to Succeed

Over the last 25 years of full time ministry (as a church planter, youth guy and para-church director) I have seen all sorts of...

3 Big Challenges Every Leader Must Take

In his last letter to Timothy Paul penned his own epitaph, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept...

7 Ways to Become an "Indispensable" Youth Leader

It has been said that “nobody is indispensable” and, to a degree, that is a true statement. But I can tell you that, as a former...

10 Ways to Shrink a Youth Group

1. Stop praying. If you’re dead set on shrinking your group then refuse to intercede for the teenagers in your youth group and community. After...

The Youth Ministry Numb3rs Game

As youth pastors we don’t like to talk about numbers.

Mark Yarhouse: How Pastors Can Address Gender Identity With Compassion, Civility,...

Dr. Mark Yarhouse joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to talk about how pastors can engage people in the area of gender identity with wisdom and compassion while holding to their convictions.

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