Tag Archive for youth ministry

The Ugly Sides Of Instagram

on October 22, 2018 by

Let’s talk about two elements, porn and cyberbullying

What is the reason for our troubles?”

on October 21, 2018 by

The cultural narrative pushes the expectation and pursuit of pleasure and the total avoidance of pain and difficulty

Why Rites Of Passage Are Clutch

on October 21, 2018 by

It is only in looking backwards that I can understand that these rites were not in place to torture me; they were…

How To Keep The Next Generation in...

on October 17, 2018 by

5 Ways On How To Keep the Next Generation in Church

Lawnmower Parents And Snowflake...

on October 17, 2018 by

We are creating a generation that has no idea what to do when they actually encounter struggle

Phantom Community… Belonging?

on October 15, 2018 by

We have moved from being in community to having a sense of community

Pornography Is Destructive

on October 15, 2018 by

How to have an impact for conversations  with students about porn

Missions: “Pimping The Poor” Or ...

on October 14, 2018 by

Connects a group with permanent ministries in a community in order to provide support to those ministries

Youth Ministry Evaluation

on October 14, 2018 by

6 Questions ever youth worker should ask

Make Successful Changes In Youth...

on October 12, 2018 by

A helpful guide to grid and map out the requirements for navigating change

Can Christians Use Legal Weed?

on October 12, 2018 by

The Bible outlaws the use of any mind-altering concoction, including mushrooms, drugs, or weed

Body Image

on October 12, 2018 by

A message specifically to moms regarding the powerful influence they have on body image

Don’t You Walk Away

on October 11, 2018 by

“an essential guide to preventing and stopping bullying behaviors.”

4 Ways To Respond To Pornography

on October 11, 2018 by

The average age a child is exposed to pornography is 8

5 Ways To Manage Disrespect From...

on October 11, 2018 by

Demonstrate respect before you expect it to be reciprocated

TAKE THE YOUTH PASTOR COMPENSATION...

on October 10, 2018 by

Youth workers the information they needed to have an informed conversation with their church about their compensation

Full-Time Youth Pastor Compensation...

on October 10, 2018 by

by Dan Navarra

The Wisdom Of Teen Vogue

on October 8, 2018 by

Do you know what your daughter is reading?

Belonging: Greeting Students At The Door...

on October 6, 2018 by

Spending a few moments welcoming students promotes a sense of belonging, giving them social and emotional support that helps them feel invested…

Book: Doing Life With Your Adult...

on October 6, 2018 by

Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out

Helping Teens Navigate The Drama

on October 4, 2018 by

The way a preteen values those friendships may be one of the greatest transitions of this phase.

Starting A Youth Ministry

on October 4, 2018 by

(Pioneering advice from 15 youthworkers)

Encouragement For Weary Youth Pastors

on October 4, 2018 by

Youth workers don’t have expiration dates

Administration And Budgets

on October 4, 2018 by

Annette shares Ministry Architect’s findings as it pertains to budget, staffing, and volunteer norms for children’s ministry and how we can always…

Brett Kavanaugh: A Youth Pastor’s...

on October 3, 2018 by

if they happened 35 years ago, he should own his behavior. I was not trying to imply that I thought they were…

A Huge Lesson For Parents From This Week...

on October 3, 2018 by

How can we help our kids to make wise choices today?

Should You Force Your Kids To Go To Mass...

on October 3, 2018 by

One parent reflects on why she doesn’t make Mass mandatory for her children.

How Men View Women

on October 1, 2018 by

Pornography also gives men a way to get quick sexual pleasure with out the messy, frightening work or building a real relationship…

Where Is National Youth Ministries And...

on October 1, 2018 by

“We don’t just do these big Jesus camps where kids get all jacked up”

Flashback: True Grit

on September 28, 2018 by

Grit “is a function of your ability to cope.” When a hard thing happens, grit is the engine that drives perseverance

Exploring Teen Suicide Free Download

on September 28, 2018 by

Every year, 5,000 teenagers commit suicide, a number that sadly continues increase

Answering Top Questions From Today’s...

on September 27, 2018 by

PART I

Answering Top Questions From Today’s...

on September 27, 2018 by

PART II

Answering Top Questions From Today’s...

on September 27, 2018 by

PART III

Teen Sex: STDs At A Record High… Again

on September 25, 2018 by

Your response to 4-years-in-a-row of STD’s at a record high

When Media Changes So Do Kids

on September 25, 2018 by

Understanding the Influence of Social Media on Today’s Teens

Teen Survives 49 Days Adrift W/out...

on September 25, 2018 by

He said he thought he was going to die, and considered suicide. In his darkest times, he consulted the Bible

Five Reasons People Leave The Church

on September 24, 2018 by

When our faith stands on anything other than Christ, we put ourselves (and others) in position to fall

Stop Cool Kids from Killing Your Group

on September 24, 2018 by

3 Ways to Stop Cool Kids from Killing Your Group

In Defense Of Structure

on September 22, 2018 by

My new youth ministry met for the first time last week

“Traditional Vows Don’t Mention...

on September 22, 2018 by

Geraldine used to tell us, “Don’t fight the feeling!” Well, perhaps there are times when we should.

Value: Teens with religious upbringing

on September 20, 2018 by

Study: teens raised in a religious or spiritual environment may be less likely to do drugs and engage in risky sexual behaviors.

4 Reasons Every Church Needs Older Folks

on September 19, 2018 by

Sometimes senior saints question their usefulness in the church as they age. ….they’re an essential part of the body of Christ

4 Ways To Partner With Parents

on September 19, 2018 by

… (even when you aren’t one)

Raising Kids With Religion Protects...

on September 18, 2018 by

Kids and teens who are raised with religious or spiritual practices tend to have better health and mental health as they age.

A Guide For Teachers On Helping Kids...

on September 18, 2018 by

This resource covers four key elements which drive a successful family-school relationship

Book: she ‘broke free’ of...

on September 17, 2018 by

“I want to draw attention to the dangers of sexual shaming and purity teachings.”

Family As A Picture Of The Gospel

on September 15, 2018 by

Scariness that comes with being part of a family in a fallen world?

Generation Atheism?

on September 15, 2018 by

How parents act on their religious beliefs linked to the onset of atheism in their children

Fruit Connection

on September 15, 2018 by

Fruit Connection

George Lockhart

A Christian is meant to stay connected to Christ just as a branch is connected to the vine. There is…

Why Americans Go (And Don’t Go) To...

on September 14, 2018 by

SECOND HIGHEST reason US adults attend church is because they want their children to have a moral foundation

Everyday Worship

on September 13, 2018 by

Everyday Worship

By George Lockhart
God sees us all the time and everywhere we are is training ground for the work of The Lord….

Movie: ‘Eighth Grade’ And The Horror...

on September 13, 2018 by

For anyone seeking to understand and disciple today’s youth, Eighth Grade provides an insightful glimpse into their world

Internet Safety: Should I Spy On My Kids...

on September 12, 2018 by

but I’ve noticed these filters and monitoring software solutions also tend to build an “over-confidence” with parents who use them

In Teen Friendships, Misery Does Love...

on September 10, 2018 by

A new study finds teens with similar levels of anxiety and depression are more likely to remain friends.

Religious Folks And Happiness

on September 10, 2018 by

New research suggests that people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday events

Advice For Teens Starting High School

on September 8, 2018 by

Lastly, look to the church for friendships. Sometimes, we think that with entering school, that’s where we need to find all of…

Will You Lose Your Faith In College?

on September 8, 2018 by

Three Ways Not to Wander

How To Engage Culture With Your Kids”

on September 8, 2018 by

When Jesus saw our earthly culture he neither rubber stamped nor kept his distance. He entered our culture to challenge it

Declining Attendance And 7 Preaching ...

on September 7, 2018 by

In the past, people brought themselves to the message. Today, you bring the message to people

Flashback: 7 Disruptive Church Trends...

on September 7, 2018 by

Churches who only think Sunday and who only think building will continue to shrink.

When A Gay Girl Meets A Good God

on September 7, 2018 by

Perry’s journey of faith isn’t your typical teenage coming-of-age story. Instead, hers is one that requires courage and conviction to speak and…

Can Your Soul Really Survive Social...

on September 7, 2018 by

Those who fall repeatedly for self-evidently absurd concepts on the internet are looking for a place to belong, and that’s the price

Truly Partnering With Parents

on September 6, 2018 by

Raising kids isn’t easy today. Most parents realize they can’t do it alone. And most will welcome help from caring people in…

Why I Wouldn’t Go To Your Parent...

on September 6, 2018 by

Remember, if you want parents involved in your ministry, focus on their needs. Make parent meetings about the parents

10 Must Haves For Your Parent Meeting

on September 6, 2018 by

Are you really taking advantage of your Parent Meetings?

8 Steps To Planning A Good Parent...

on September 6, 2018 by

How do we connect, engage and release parents to be the primary disciplers of their teenagers

Parent Meeting Agenda

on September 6, 2018 by

We typically do these short meetings after church in our youth area, which allows families to stay after church instead of making…

Keep Reading

on September 5, 2018 by

Here are some great books to help you in your leadership development

Questions To Ask Yourself

on September 5, 2018 by

How are you preparing yourself for the upcoming year? Take some time to ask questions of yourself

Spiritually Impacting Your Teens This...

on September 5, 2018 by

5 surprisingly simple ways to have a great big spiritual impact on your teens this school year

Impacting Middle Schoolers Faith

on September 4, 2018 by

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

Helping Parents Prioritize Faith

on September 3, 2018 by

If we’re not careful, the school year will come and go so fast that we might get to June and realize we’ve…

5 Books Every Youth Worker Should Read

on September 3, 2018 by

I REALLY believe they will be a help to every Youth Pastor and Youth Worker.

Before They Leave

on September 1, 2018 by

Our youth ministry is not the students’ church for the rest of their lives

4 Ways To Keep Up With Student Culture

on September 1, 2018 by

In other words, a teenager’s beliefs and values will be shaped by who or what they’re listening to

Helping Kids And Students Belong Before...

on August 31, 2018 by

In this episode, Eric Bryant, author of Not Like Me, talks about how we can help kids and students belong before they…

5 Fall Events Student Ministries Can Do

on August 31, 2018 by

Not only engage the students you have but also reach new students and introduce them to what your ministry is all about

Orange Tour: A Huge Gift To Parents

on August 30, 2018 by

Orange Tour is a one-day event in 17 cities…Parent Cue Live is a two-hour experience help parents become more connected to your…

When Youth Pastors Leave Too Often

on August 30, 2018 by

Many times Youth Pastors leave too often. The damage left behind as a result can be devastating

20 Youth Pastor Expectations On Day 1

on August 29, 2018 by

Youth Pastors tend to burn out so quickly are the expectations that are present from day one

Why Youth Pastors Leave

on August 29, 2018 by

Planning a lot of events and playing a lot of games is not the same as intentionally building relationships

Beyond The Honeymoon In Youth Ministry

on August 29, 2018 by

3 Reasons You Should Stay in Your Current Youth Ministry Position

How Do You Read the Bible? Infographic

on August 28, 2018 by

We recently surveyed over 6,000 people to learn about Bible study habits. In some cases, the results were quite convicting

Teaching Kids Theology

on August 28, 2018 by

8 Things to Remember When Teaching Kids Theology

Helping Relieve The Stress Of Back To...

on August 27, 2018 by

So how can we help relieve the (back to school) stress students and families might be experiencing?

Back To School Prep For Youth Workers

on August 27, 2018 by

Here is a quick look at some of the things that you should consider as you get ready to start your fall…

4 Back To School Basics Sermon

on August 27, 2018 by

George Lockhart

Better Planning For A Better Fall

on August 27, 2018 by

Here are a few enhancements that you can make to your planning that will help your group to do better in the…

Belong: Parents’ Religious Beliefs...

on August 26, 2018 by

Teens, especially girls, whose parents are religious may be less likely to die by suicide, no matter how they feel about religion…

5 Ways To Follow Up After Camp

on August 25, 2018 by

Use camp to push students to regular programming

Beyond The Screen

on August 25, 2018 by

Youth Ministry for the Connected But Alone Generation

Hope And Healing For Kids Who Cut

on August 25, 2018 by

Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-Injure by Marv Penner

Youth Ministry On A Prayer

on August 24, 2018 by

We will fail to teach with the kind of passion that comes when our own discovery of the riches of God’s Word…

Youth Ministry Entering The Fall

on August 24, 2018 by

4 Questions to Ask

Post Summer Camp Follow Up

on August 24, 2018 by

Summer camp the most important things we think about but not only the camp itself, but what happens after the camp.

Leading A Special Needs Ministry

on August 23, 2018 by

Special needs ministry is no longer a niche topic, but at the heart of serving communities

How To Embrace Families With Special...

on August 23, 2018 by

In theory, everyone is welcome at church. In practice, that’s not always true for some children

Few Churches Are Autism Friendly

on August 23, 2018 by

Children with autism are almost twice as likely to never attend church. And children with other disabilities are often missing from the…

Flashback Study: Don’t Forget The...

on August 20, 2018 by

Family Relationships are Key to Kids’ Character Strengths