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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.

It’s the Church Fall Season: 4 Tips for Your Ministry Kickoff

The church fall season brings tons of opportunities for friendship evangelism and a boost of momentum. It doesn’t happen automatically, though.

Ministry Branding for Maximum Outreach and Impact

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).

Youth Ministry Student Roles: 10 Ways to Increase Teen Ownership

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 With Impact: 6 Ideas to Try This Week

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.

Youth Leader Training That Meets Real Needs

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.

How to Start a Youth Ministry in a Small Church

Where do you start if you’re new in your position in leading youth ministry? Here’s some advice.

How to Write a Youth Ministry Budget

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.

How to Tell Your Students You’re Leaving

There’s no easy way to break the news, but here are a few ideas to consider when you’re in this situation.

How to Get Your Small Group Talking

For a leader, a small group that won’t talk, that won’t share, can be a real struggle.

How You Can Live Like a Rock Star on a Youth Pastor’s Salary

There are numerous tricks for how to enjoy life and still look good while working in youth ministry.

How to Handle Conflict in Ministry

Chris Wesley shares four tips on how to engage conflict.

3 Practices for Doing Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World

Doing youth ministry in a post-Christian world is difficult and lacks the shine of traditional youth ministry.

How to Do Youth Ministry With the Most Exhausted Generation

We're dealing with the most stressed-out, overscheduled, underslept generation of teenagers in history, and it's starting to show.

How to Make Teenagers Care About Their Faith

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.

How to Balance the Demands of Ministry and Family

"The idea of 'personal time' is something that represents a struggle for all of us," says Chris Wesley.

How to Develop Student Leaders

One of the elements of a healthy and effective youth ministry is the presence of teenage leaders.

7 Steps for Equipping Teens to Share Their Faith

Many of the teenagers in our youth ministries struggle to put their faith essentials into words.

10 Ways I Deal With Criticism

Doug Fields shares insights on how to respond to critical comments in ministry.

7 Tips to Help Your Relationship With the Senior Pastor

Working at a church isn't a guarantee that everyone will get along well.

Adam Wyatt: How To Be a Biblical Patriot, Not a Christian...

Dr. Adam Wyatt joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about how the Bible supports the idea of loving one’s country–but not nationalism–and how pastors can navigate this volatile topic.

Youth Leader How To's