Tag Archive for youth ministry

Talking About Gender Identity

on February 21, 2018 by

Understanding and Ministering to Kids with Identity Questions


on February 21, 2018 by

Kirsten Peyton

Dealing With Tough Kids

on February 20, 2018 by

3 Things When You’ve Tried Everything

Tragedy: 3 Week Teaching Series

on February 20, 2018 by

Written by youth workers who have all walked students through tragedy, helping them find their way through the darkness to the other…

Creating Community In Your Youth Group

on February 20, 2018 by

Student long for acceptance! Are they finding it at your group?

Flashback: Atheism Doubles Among...

on February 18, 2018 by

Gen Z, are the first truly “post-Christian” generation, identifying as atheists at a rate double that of the U.S. adult population

How To Run Your Ministry A Year Ahead Of...

on February 17, 2018 by

It never seems like we have enough time in youth ministry, right? Stressed out about the lack of time to get everything…

How Can I Minister To My Classmates This...

on February 17, 2018 by

What are some practical steps I can take to redeem these years for the gospel?”

Cell Phone Addiction Infographic

on February 16, 2018 by

Do we really need to be this connected to our digital tools. . . especially when our digital tools steal our attention…

Frustrated With The Kids In Church Who...

on February 15, 2018 by

Stop Worrying About The Students Who Come To Church With Their Parents & Not Your Program

Another Tragedy…. School Shooting

on February 15, 2018 by

Walt Mueller

How Liturgical Are Today’s Christians?

on February 14, 2018 by

Just over six in 10 are either very (32%) or somewhat familiar (30%) with Christian liturgy

Fifty Shades Freed. . .

on February 13, 2018 by

Walt Mueller….a plea to Christian parents and youth workers

Book: 4 Views On Pastoring LGBTQ...

on February 13, 2018 by

I felt like it was the first time I was reading something that gave actual direction on possible approaches to ministry

My Favorite Graphic Creating apps In...

on February 12, 2018 by

But over the past several years there has been 1 app that I have settled into using on a regular basis.

“Building A Youth Worship Team From...

on February 11, 2018 by

Episode 2: A little more practical about the process of building a worship team, what instruments and parts to add and what order to…

“Creating A Sustainable Youth Worship...

on February 11, 2018 by

In this first episode we talk about why you want to build a team and look at two different approaches to building…

Apologetic Book: The Truth Is…

on February 11, 2018 by

The Truth Is: Sharing The Truth of Jesus with Confidence, Conviction, and Compassion

Why Gen Z Is Not Prepared To Follow...

on February 9, 2018 by

New 2018 Barna Group Research Reveals Troubling Trends In Gen Z

Reconsidering “Professional” Youth...

on February 9, 2018 by

When the call for professionalism and excellence turns people away….. a spirit of elitism has infected the body of Christ

Church Planting As Youth Ministry

on February 9, 2018 by

The Two Most Disconnected Statistics in the Modern-Day Church

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How We Can Reach Students In A Post...

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By: Steven Kozak

Proactive Youth Ministry

on February 8, 2018 by

3 proactive skills we can implement now that will lead to opportunities later

Recapturing The Gospel In Your Ministry

on February 8, 2018 by

I am realizing that it was a sign that my heart had lost its awe of the gospel and had replaced it…

How We Can Reach Students In A Post...

on February 7, 2018 by

How We Can Reach Students In A Post-Christian Culture

By: Steven Kozak
My guess is that, like me, you have been there. That time when…

The Sex Talk….When?

on February 7, 2018 by

Do you really want to trust Google and the Internet as your teen’s key provider of sex education?

Youth Pastors Need To Connect With...

on February 7, 2018 by

5 Ways Youth Pastors Can Connect With Parents

Grow Numbers

on February 6, 2018 by

Grow Numbers is a check-in, attendance tracker, and database management software built specifically for Youth Ministry.

Simply Text

on February 6, 2018 by

Simply Text enables consistent and effective communication across channels to everyone involved in your ministry

Creating Momentum In Youth Ministry

on February 6, 2018 by

We want to engage teenagers and keep them engaged and coming back all year long, but . . . how?

The A,B,C’s Of Reaching Generation...

on February 5, 2018 by

The latest Barna report is out and, ouch, Generation Z is the first truly post Christian generation in American history

Nick Foles: A Pastor In Training In The...

on February 5, 2018 by

Foles is taking online seminary classes through Liberty University with the goal of one day becoming a pastor in a high school

Taking Care Of The Introverts In Your...

on February 5, 2018 by

…with the youth ministry context because one-third to one-half of the students in our youth ministries are introverted

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Imperfection

on February 5, 2018 by

The reality is that people aren’t looking for perfection, but someone that can introduce them to something bigger

The Math Behind 300 One Night Stands

on February 4, 2018 by

Jonathan McKee

Helping Kids Keep The Faith

on February 2, 2018 by

Four Research Insights Every Parent Needs to Know

Church vs Sports

on February 2, 2018 by

Podcast: Surviving The Constant Competition Between Church and Sports

Book: Families And Faith

on February 1, 2018 by

Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations

Book: The Blessing..Biblical Tool To...

on February 1, 2018 by

Biblical tool that can help YOU (Parents) communicate unconditional love into the lives of your kids

3 Ways To Get Students More Involved

on February 1, 2018 by

I’m not just talking about students showing up to things. I’m talking about faces lighting up when an event gets announced and…

Who Is Cardi B

on January 31, 2018 by

The Life, Music, Philosophy, and Faith of Today’s Top Female Rapper

“How Can I Become The Best Youth...

on January 31, 2018 by

3 vital practices of today’s youth pastor

Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z

on January 30, 2018 by

The influence of Christianity in the United States is waning. Gen Z: they are the first truly “post-Christian” generation.

Entry Points For Youth Ministry

on January 29, 2018 by

Here are 3 welcome mats, of various sizes that can help youth workers focus their embrace and broaden their outreach.

The History Of Sunday School As An...

on January 29, 2018 by

Sunday schools emerged two centuries ago to meet working-class children’s needs. How their powerful element of outreach dwindled

Biblical Sexuality Among Families

on January 28, 2018 by

Sex Education Curriculum for Families and Parent Conversation Guide

Parenting With Grace

on January 28, 2018 by

Four Plumblines to Parent with Grace

Building Spiritual Practices In Our Kids

on January 28, 2018 by

Parents, Take Note of the Spiritual Practices Common to Kids Who Flourish As Adults

4 Views On Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers

on January 26, 2018 by

Effective Ministry to Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, and Questioning Students Among Us

SMARTER Youth Ministry In 2018

on January 26, 2018 by

Transformative ministries persistently pursue the why of ministry. The reasons why we reach out will always connect more deeply to the heart…

What Matters Most For Our Family...

on January 26, 2018 by

Of all the factors that influence our kids, family relationship quality impacts a host of outcomes related to their thriving

Don’t Forget Life Skills

on January 25, 2018 by

We worked to find ways in which to teach them marketable skills. We spent mission trips learning construction. We built habitat houses…

New Year New Budget: What To Do First

on January 25, 2018 by

If they trust you then you have good standing to ask for support for the things the ministry needs to grow or…

The Lord Will Fight For You….MIA...

on January 25, 2018 by

“The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” – Exodus 14:14


Why Adolescence Is Twice As Long As It...

on January 23, 2018 by

Adolescence is three times as long as it was in the 19th Century and it’s twice as long as it was in…

A Theology Of Masturbation

on January 22, 2018 by

Here’s what David writes about the struggle with masturbation. . .

A Fool-Proof System To Follow Up With...

on January 21, 2018 by

How you follow up determines whether or not you’ll see those new students again

Here’s How To Recruit Parents For...

on January 20, 2018 by

We actually began our program by changing our sign-in and registration processes. We had parents sign an agreement that they’d participate in…

Copyright Infringement And Your Ministry...

on January 20, 2018 by

It’s important from a ministry perspective to get to the bottom of some common misconceptions

Stop Overindulging Your Children

on January 19, 2018 by

“Dealing with Adult Children.” One of the biggest problems with today’s young…

New App Encourages Risqué Revelations

on January 17, 2018 by

84 percent of the 500,000 FriendO downloads in November were by junior highers

Finding Your Vision 2018

on January 17, 2018 by

So, how do we plan vision for a new year? Here are my top four ways to find vision for 2018

Leading Games For Emerging Adults

on January 17, 2018 by

Emerging adults may not love every game you present. But they all appreciate fun. So whatever happens, make it fun

Why Student Leadership?

on January 16, 2018 by

Our students have the potential to do great things and seeing student leaders in action is absolutely incredible

Starting A Student Leadership Team From...

on January 16, 2018 by

5 Steps To Starting A Student Leadership Team From Scratch

Prevent Volunteer Dropout

on January 16, 2018 by

Five mistakes to avoid when it comes to volunteer retention, as well as ways to correct them

10 Secrets To Keep Your Student Leaders...

on January 16, 2018 by

I can promise that if you do these they will have a better experience on your team.

Constant Distraction

on January 15, 2018 by

How Smartphones Are Stealing Kids’ Focus from Everyone Around Them

Surviving a Downturn in Youth Ministry...

on January 15, 2018 by

Podcast: Managing this well helps keep you from being discouraged, helps you communicate what success really is for your ministry

Cosmic Adventure Through Science And...

on January 15, 2018 by

Check out the curriculum and four accompanying videos, all available for FREE!

LGBTIQ Sex Education Policies Trumped...

on January 13, 2018 by

“When same-sex marriage passes as law overseas, these types of programs become widespread and compulsory.”

Mom, Is Justin Bieber A Christian?

on January 11, 2018 by

Maybe we’re confused because we’ve read about

Be the Change Agent In Your Church

on January 10, 2018 by

Organizations are living entities with a true culture that may or may not show itself in a mission statement, list of core…

Evolutionist Retracts Key Study On...

on January 10, 2018 by

Scientists’ attempts to find the ‘spark of life’ keep coming up short

We Must Never Forget Moralistic...

on January 9, 2018 by

Over a decade ago, Christian Smith published a groundbreaking study about the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers

Why Is Parenting So Incredibly Hard?

on January 9, 2018 by

If I have learned anything over the 20 + years of my marriage  5 kids and 16 fostered kids it is these…

20 Questions Middle School Parents Are...

on January 8, 2018 by

How can your team or small group encourage parents and equip them to lead well

So You’re The New Youth Leader?

on January 8, 2018 by

When someone is upset about some decision you’ve made, learn to never say, “I’m sorry, but…

Blindspot’s In The Hiring Process...

on January 7, 2018 by

4 mistakes churches make

Understanding The Middle School Student

on January 7, 2018 by

Marko…. podcast

Connecting With Kids

on January 5, 2018 by

Here’s how to stay relevant and still build on past successes…

Evangelical/Megachurch Churches Are...

on January 4, 2018 by

“It ties you into something that is lasting, trustworthy. And that touches a nerve in our culture.”

If I Was the Devil, Here’s How I’d...

on January 4, 2018 by

Greg Stier

Fraternity Life

on January 4, 2018 by

Your Sons Need Your Help Getting Ready for Fraternity Life

What Age Should I Give My Kid A Smart...

on January 3, 2018 by

To take a look at some suggested borders and boundaries, check out our Free Family Digital Covenant of Conduct

How Privatized Social Media Can benefit...

on January 2, 2018 by

Privatized social media is becoming more and more popular and the more ministers can learn how to use this, the more this…

Digital Missionary

on January 2, 2018 by

A New Kind of Missionary

Speaking To Students

on January 2, 2018 by

by Frank Gil

Stop Measuring Attendance

on January 1, 2018 by

Justin Knowles

Here Is How Student Evangelists Can Have...

on December 30, 2017 by

Why “post-Christian America” hasn’t surpassed the need for straightforward apologetics

“How Do We Get Teenagers To Read...

on December 30, 2017 by

I’m convinced there isn’t a sure-fire, “try-this-five-step-method” that works. But I do think there are some important things to consider. Here are…

Ed Sheeran Reflects On His 2 Year...

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“I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. One comment ruins your day.”

Free College Ministry Resources!

on December 28, 2017 by

Free ebook, articles, podcasts & discipleship tools!

18 Student Ministry Commitments For...

on December 28, 2017 by

These 18 commitments I’ve lived by in student ministry. I want to share them with you for the New Year

Developing Faith Skills In Your Teenager

on December 28, 2017 by

Seven tips

Flashback: Reacting To A Rebellious Teen

on December 27, 2017 by

Ever since my 17-year-old daughter was about 11, she has been very willful and disobedient. She stays out past her curfew

Book: Your Family God’s Way

on December 27, 2017 by

Helpful he offers communication advice into two crucial areas of family life: communication and conflict resolution

The Biggest Hits Of 2017

on December 26, 2017 by

Vengeance, Drugs, Self, and Sex… Without Regard

Little Girl Asks Santa Claus To Heal Her...

on December 25, 2017 by

Santa Claus bowed his head and delivered a prayer in the middle of a Bass Pro Shop — asking the Great Physician…