Articles for Youth Leaders

Mom, Can I Have Tik Tok? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Lip sync to your favorite song, show off your dance moves or post a funny video of your cat. Tik Tok is like Vine 2.0. The videos are just 15 seconds long, but like Britney, they’re not that innocent. If your kid has a device, then chances are they have, want, or at least know about Tik Tok, because it’s the hottest thing since SnapChat and Insta…in fact it’s currently the most downloaded app on the planet and considered one of the most…

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Youth Group No Longer Fills a Social Need—Now What? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Youth Group No Longer Fills a Social Need—Now What? I remember when I was in jr. high I lived for our youth group’s weekend events. I would go to every possible one. Roller skating? I was in. Camping? I was in. Lock Ins? I was in. Every Wednesday night I would go to youth group. I did this all the way through my high school years until I graduated. I loved the fun that youth group brought. I loved just…

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Is It Worth the Battle? Is It Worth the Fight? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“Do I have to go to church?” I am the parent of teenagers. This has been uttered. More than once. I realize that there are some parents who never experience hearing this but for many the parent of teens, this comment is a likely reality. So how to respond? Do you force attendance and run the risk of making your teenager even angrier with you, the church and maybe even God? Do you allow them to skip every now and…

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4 Quick and Easy Fun Christmas Youth Group Games – Youth Ministry Christian Article

According to the old Christmas song “Deck the Halls,” this “’tis the season to be jolly.” But when many youth leaders start trying to put together a youth event around Christmas, the jolly quickly turns to “OH GOLLY” when looking for a good game or fun activity. Well, help is here because I have a file folder (a real file folder not one on the computer) just packed with great Christmas youth group games I have used over the past…

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The Case for (The Right Kind of) Youth Ministry for Jesus – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Before I get any flack for concept stealing, I want to let you know that I got permission from my friend Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for Christmas and, The Case for….just about everything dealing with the subject of Jesus, to spin his “Case for” theme toward youth ministry. Lee wholeheartedly agreed that this is a message I should tackle. He, too, is convinced that this next generation needs reached and that it’s going to take…

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6 Things I Learned About COMPASSION… – Youth Ministry Christian Article

You really never understand a ministry until you see how they function in their ministry setting. Looking from a distance will never give you the true picture of what is happening. This week I had the chance to see Compassion International in action in Ecuador and I saw first hand the difference they are making in lives around the globe. Here is what I learned while I was in Ecuador… Letters matter // Compassion is built around connecting one sponsor…

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All I Want for Christmas – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I love Christmas and I love youth ministry. When they happen together in the same month (like they do every year) it brings a Buddy-The-Elf type of joy to my face. I want to be like Buddy when I grow up. When I think about it, I realize that I don’t need much. I’m grateful that I get to spend my days doing something that I love and that I get to spend time walking together with teenagers, families and…

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Is Youth Ministry a BIG Strategic Focus in Your Church? It Should Be! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Youth ministry is often dismissed as something less than strategic in far too many churches. Some even view it as a kind of glorified babysitting. In their thinking, teenagers need just enough games and God to keep them coming back….until they are old enough to make a difference in the church. The unspoken implication is that teenagers aren’t “real members” until they are old enough to have jobs, give offerings and serve in the big boy/big girl roles of the…

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What to Do When Your Child Has Thoughts of Suicide – Youth Ministry Christian Article

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is not something anyone wants to think about, much less become familiar with. I have spoken often with despondent parents whose worst nightmare has become reality—their child has expressed thoughts of suicide. They are terrified, and no one they know talks about it. And when it happens to us as parents, we often have no idea what to do. Because we’re scared in the moment, our decision-making is clouded. Caring for your child if they…

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Is It OK to Being Single? Here’s What You Should Know – Youth Ministry Christian Article

In our day, we marry later and delay starting a family. Through selfishness, some North Americans have written off the institution of marriage altogether and have decided on being single. In light of these realities, Christians rightly underscore the goodness of marriage and the family. But, on occasion, we emphasize marriage so much that we give the impression that being single represents a lesser state. It does not. It is not just okay to be single, but for those so…

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How to Take Care of Introverts in Your Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

If you wonder how to take care of introverts in your ministry, read on. Recently, Susan Cain recently released a new book: Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts (A guide for KIDS and TEENS). It landed on my doorstep and I made the clumsy assumption that I could crack it open and read a few pages without wanting to stay up until 3 a.m. reading the rest of it. It’s a good thing I’m a mom and my kids prefer a…

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Why Is Youth Group Important? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Why is youth group important? Read this letter to parents of teenagers. Dear Parents of Teenagers, Thanks for all you do to invest in the life of your teenager(s). You probably feel like an uber driver (ready to pick them up/drop them off when they call), coach (helping them perfect their sport), tutor (working with them on homework), guidance counselor (preparing them for the future) and, sometimes, a jockey (pushing them to cross the finish line…without a whip of course!)…all wrapped…

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Reuniting Generations in Our Churches – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Recently there’s been a return to cross-generational and intergenerational communities and contexts with reuniting generations in our generations. This is mostly because of the research being done on the importance of multigenerational community. (Source). As crazy as it seems to us, it’s actually quite normal and quite healthy for us to be reuniting generations to spend quality time together. But, let’s be honest: The way society is currently structured, connecting with generations outside of our own can feel uncomfortable and…

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The Redemptive Side of Being Fired – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Being fired, let go, transitioned out, or whatever verbiage the church uses, can be some of the deepest pain and hurt you experience. After being fired, you embark on such a difficult journey and it is so easy to let the negative creep in. But what if it was all part of a bigger plan? What if God has a bigger plan afoot and even though you are going through what seems like hell, it will all end up for…

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Taking Care of the Introverts in Your Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Recently a new book by Susan Cain was released! Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts (A guide for KIDS and TEENS) It landed on my doorstep and I made the clumsy assumption that I could crack it open and read a few pages without wanting to stay up until 3 a.m. reading the rest of it. It’s a good thing I’m a mom and my kids prefer a human parent over having a sort of resembles a human but resembles a…

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The Secret Sin at Youth Gatherings – Youth Ministry Christian Article

So I was at a ministry event eating Way Too Much Pizza, and the guy next to me turns and says: “I only eat like a glutton at youth group activities.” And ever since I heard him say that, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Because it’s completely true. If I ever eat six slices of pizza, or eat five donuts, or go back for a seventh bowl of chili … … it definitely means…

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