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Messy Youth Group Games: Food-Related Fun for Teens

Food games are fun and creative—especially when they're messy. We've picked our top 10 messy youth group games that involve food. Now you can ensure you play the games that will cause the most mess and make the most fun!
I can't stop sinning

I Can’t Stop Sinning, So What’s the Point of Stopping?

Many young people struggle with the idea of sin. Junior and senior high students tend to think, "If I can't stop sinning, then what's the point of stopping?"
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Lessons on Prayer for Youth: 8 Resources to Use With Teens

By teaching intentional lessons on prayer for youth, leaders help kids establish good communication habits with God that will last a lifetime.
How to Help our Teens Deal with LGBTQ Issues

How to Help our Teens Deal With LGBTQ Issues

Teens today have to deal with their own confusing identity issues, as well as those of their peers.
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How to Share the Gospel in 5 Minutes (Though Kids CAN Listen Longer)

Yes, it's important to know how to share the gospel in 5 minutes. But no, that's not all the time you have with kids. Their attention spans are longer than that; you just need to know how to engage them.
Teaching the Bible to Kids

Teaching the Bible to Kids

There are many ways that parents can learn teaching the bible to kids and help them understand key lessons that can enhance their lives at any age.
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Understanding Transgender, Non-Binary, and Intersex

We’re not just talking about an issue; we’re talking about people. Because It’s about both people and an issue, and so we must aim to be both biblical on the issue and loving to people. Especially when people are struggling with their biological sex.
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Worldly Person: A Bible Study From the Book of James

This Bible study on James 4:1-5:6 explores the drastic difference between the mind of a worldly person and a heaven-focused person. Discover how followers of Jesus can truly glorify God.
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Transgender Peer Pressure: Is Your Child Vulnerable?

A new study indicates there is an observable link between peer group influence and increased social media use and gender dysphoria in adolescents and young adults.
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Church Movie License: 6 Myths on Showing Films at Youth Events

Do you have a church movie license for youth group events? Are you abiding by the copyright laws? Find out 6 myths about showing films at church. #youthministry #youthevents #churchevents
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Get to Know You Games: Top 10 Icebreaker Activities for Youth

Get to know you games help teenagers mingle and find out a little bit about each other. These fun activities are great for breaking the ice and helping new kids feel welcome at youth group.
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Meals for Teenage Groups: 30 Ideas Beyond Pizza and Pop

Pizza may be the ol’ standby when it comes to meals for teenage groups. But that doesn’t mean youth leaders need to “stand by” and dial for delivery every week.
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Youth Group Kids Leaving the Faith at Alarming Rates Despite Unlimited Pizza and Mountain...

A concerning new study has revealed that kids raised in church youth group are leaving the Christian faith at alarming rates, regardless of how much free Mountain Dew and pizza the church ministry feeds them in high school.
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Youth Pastor Problems: When Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor Don’t Align

One of many youth pastor problems is getting along with the senior pastor. So here's my working list that describes HOW youth pastors can have a decent Kingdom-minded relationship with their senior leaders.
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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.
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Youth Retreat: Take a Deep Dive Into Discipleship

Doug Fields offers tips for an outstanding discipleship retreat for teens.
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Water Balloon Games: 10 Wet, Wild & Wacky Activities for Kids

Water balloon games are some of my kids’ favorite summer activities. They're sure to be a hit with your kids, from elementary age through high school.
Kids Love God

How to Help Your Kids Love God

The church is concerned with helping kids love God, but there is only so much the church can do. It is at home where kids are going to get most of their discipleship training.
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Purity: Helping Young People Honor God, Themselves and Others

The Purity Code: In honor of God, my family, and my future spouse, I commit my life to sexual purity. 
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Suicidal Teen: What Youth Leaders Need to Know

It's been heavy in our youth group this past month, with one suicidal teen after another. We have to be prepared for the worst—suicidal threats and attempts—as best as we can.

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."

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