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Youth Ministry Plan: How to Run a Strategic Program

Throughout the years, I've learned valuable tools for making a strategic youth ministry plan. Check out these 5 steps and see how you can apply them at your church!

How to Plan a Church Youth Program in 7 Easy Steps

Planning a youth worship service goes more smoothly when you stick to a routine. Follow these 7 easy steps to help you master how to plan a church youth program..

Responsibilities of Church Leaders: 10 Ways to Champion Others

Youth leaders aren't just leaders of students. We’re also the leader of leaders! These 10 responsibilities of church leaders will help build strong teams.

How to Be a Good Emcee in Church Services: Tips for Youth

It's super-important to find the right people to host youth services and events. A young person definitely can learn how to be a good emcee in church and other settings.

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.

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.

DC Talk’s Drummer, MercyMe’s Sound Man Unexpectedly Dies

DC Talk's drummer Rick “Mayday” May unexpectedly died on Friday (March 24) after a fungal infection he had been battling led to other complications that resulted in liver failure. He was 54.

Gabe Lyons: Engage Culture and Reverse Negative Cultural Stereotypes

Gabe Lyons of Q Ideas addresses questions like: What are some perceptions people have of Christians? Why is it so hard for Christians to engage culture?

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