Youth Leader How To's
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.
The church fall season brings tons of opportunities for friendship evangelism and a boost of momentum. It doesn’t happen automatically, though.
Planning a youth service goes much more smoothly when you stick to a routine. For our ministry, the main visible program is on the weekend, so I regularly meet with our youth service team to keep everything organized and on track.
For many local churches, ministries and Christian nonprofits, branding and marketing can be difficult practices to grasp. But ministry branding merely entails communicating who you really are (or rather, who you’re striving to be).
One of the most amazing things you'll ever do in youth ministry is empower students to take ownership of the program. After all, it's their ministry (or should be). Having youth ministry student roles helps turn that goal into a reality.
Sermon closings can be challenging, even for veteran youth preachers. You may have managed to keep teenagers' attention all through the message, but you need to devote a little extra effort to the final words.
Recently, I've noticed a shift in how many people think about youth leader training. Many youth workers are recognizing the immediate need for training that is contextualized.
Where do you start if you’re new in your position in leading youth ministry? Here’s some advice.
There are a few major things you have to look at when you are planning a budget. It won’t give you final answers, but these are questions that will at least begin to formulate a direction you are headed.
There’s no easy way to break the news, but here are a few ideas to consider when you’re in this situation.
For a leader, a small group that won’t talk, that won’t share, can be a real struggle.
Josh Griffin talks about the challenge of leading great people—and great leaders.
There are numerous tricks for how to enjoy life and still look good while working in youth ministry.
Doing youth ministry in a post-Christian world is difficult and lacks the shine of traditional youth ministry.
We're dealing with the most stressed-out, overscheduled, underslept generation of teenagers in history, and it's starting to show.
Finding the right people to put on stage as the host of your youth service or event is really, really important.
When it comes to teens and faith, do your teenagers seem checked out of Christianity? Here are 3 things that are fundamental to helping teens learn to care about Jesus.
"The idea of 'personal time' is something that represents a struggle for all of us," says Chris Wesley.
Four years after the Washington National Cathedral removed windows depicting Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the windows will be filled with work by artist Kerry James Marshall related to racial justice.
"It's not about becoming like Julia Child," says Ann Voskamp. "Hospitality is about welcoming in the marginalized as the next child of God."