HomeYouth LeadersYouth Leader How To's

Youth Leader How To's

helping parents

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.
church fall season

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.
Youth Service

Youth Service Planning in 7 Steps

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.
ministry branding

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

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

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

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

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.
budget

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

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

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.
Church Leadership Roles and Responsibilities

10 Responsibilities of a Leader of Leaders

Josh Griffin talks about the challenge of leading great people—and great leaders.
How You Can Live Like a Rock Star on a Youth Pastor's Salary

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

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

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

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.
Youth Services: How to Be a Great Emcee

Youth Services: How to Be a Great Emcee

Finding the right people to put on stage as the host of your youth service or event is really, really important.
teens and faith

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

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

How to Develop Student Leaders

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

Cathedral to Replace Confederate Windows With Stained Glass Reflecting Black Life

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.

Ann Voskamp: What We Are Missing in God’s Vision for Hospitality

"It's not about becoming like Julia Child," says Ann Voskamp. "Hospitality is about welcoming in the marginalized as the next child of God."

Youth Leader How To's