Supporting Your Teens While Social Distancing – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s not always the case that we can know with certainty that we are living through a historic time. The COVID-19 pandemic has made that the only certain thing we can know at this point. With the news reports changing everyday, the number of cases fluctuating world-wide, and state governments issuing “stay at home” orders left and right, it can feel as though all the tools in your ministry belt are now useless. Fear not! Your teens need you now…

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Social Distance Fundraising | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Dan Colwin March 26, 2020 If you’re like a lot of youth pastors in America, you likely have a mission trip scheduled for this upcoming summer. But in the midst of everything going on right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is it wise to keep planning your mission trip? Can your trip even run this summer? Aside from any long-lasting travel bans or CDC guidance against large gatherings that go into the summer, I’d argue that your mission…

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Let’s Paint! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies: Large plastic lid (about 6 inch diameter) 7-10 small plastic lids (about 1 inch diameter) Glue gun Craft knife Pool noodle Plastic shoe box Instructions: Use the glue gun to affix the small lids to the larger lid to make an artist’s pallet.  Cut a hole for the thumb. Cut a slice the length of the noodle so that it can fit over the side of the shoe box.  Use the knife to make several smaller slits along the…

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Off the Cuff #47 Christ Above Covit-19 – Christian Article

After some time away, the guys are back at it with a discussion of Covid-19 and its impact on both the Christian faith and the way we do church. Rest assured, Ward, Leroy and Joe are practicing good social distancing as they hit the hot button issues of today with insight from a Christian worldview. Heard On Today’s Show Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news…

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Free Youth Ministry Resources for COVID-19 – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin March 19, 2020 Recent events related to COVID-19 have led to dramatic changes for many churches and youth groups. And while we know that this is a stressful time, we’ve been greatly encouraged watching youth workers rally to support one another with resources designed to meet the unique needs of this difficult time. We’ve seen youth workers create daily challenges for their students to do in the midst of quarantine. We’ve noticed youth workers giving practical tips and tricks for hosting youth group online. And we’ve watched many churches…

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T-Shirt Bag | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies: Prepare: Fold the t-shirt in half.  Cut away the sleeves and the neckband.  Cut strips along the bottom of the shirt about 3 inches long and 3/4 -inch wide. Tie each of the front strips to a back strip with a double knot. Want to be a star teacher with little effort?  Here is the secret weapon every preschool teacher need! In Learning Centers Beyond Compare you will find over 200 center ideas and activities preschoolers will love. Ideas for puzzles,…

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The Fear of Cancelling | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Youth Ministry and the Coronavirus By Jesse Criss March 12, 2020 As the cases of COVID-19 continue to grow around the world, things are probably going to get worse before they get better. From a Student Ministries perspective, one major question will come or has already come: do we cancel Student Ministries? Now I can’t tell you what to do, and you need to look to your church, denomination, and local government for guidance on what you need to do.…

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Is the Nuclear Family a Mistake? – Christian Article

Editor’s Note: The following editorial is from CBMW’s March newsletter. Readers can subscribe here to receive our monthly ministry updates in your inbox. “There has never been a time when the family faced so severe a crisis as the time in which we are now living. Many are not satisfied with remodeling; they want to tear things down to the foundation.” These sentences, which we will return to below, very well could have been written in response to an article…

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God Loves (and Hates) You – Christian Article

This entry is part 60 of 60 in the series “Ten Mangled Words” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Does God hate the sin and love the sinner? We have seen it is more biblical to say that God both loves and hates the sinner. Several theologians have suggested just that. Augustus Strong wrote, “These passages show that God loves the same persons whom he hates. It is not true that he hates…

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March Madness Reading Wand & Bookmark – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies: Instructions: Draw a basketball on one end of the stick.  Add lines to indicate bouncing. Place the bubble sticker over the ball. Kids can use the stick as a reading wand.  When they are ready to stop reading it also makes a great bookmark. Optional: Help kids to add a favorite Bible verse or decorate the stick with their team’s colors. Bible Books Championship Bracket This Bible Books Championship Bracket Chart can be printed on 11 x 17 paper…

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Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain – Christian Article

Struthers, William M. Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2009. Logos Bible Software. 196 pp. $10.39. Biographical Sketch of the Author William M. Struthers earned his Ph.D at the University of Chicago. Struthers is currently associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College in Illinois. His coursework includes the subjects of behavioral neuroscience, men and addictions, and the biological bases of human behavior. Struthers’ theoretical research includes neuroethics, the biological bases of spirituality…

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Why the Church Needs Student-Led Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin March 2, 2020 Youth ministry is facing many challenges today. Declining numbers of students are coming to youth group, students are apathetic toward church, and students are questioning if the church has the answers for their lives.  We must respond to these challenges. Sadly, some have decided that the way to respond is to just continue to do what we’ve been doing and complain about students. Others have looked for new and innovative ways to attract students…

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Potato Stamp | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies: Potato Cookie cutter Knife Paper Paint Sponge brush Prepare: Slice the top off the potato.  Press the cookie cutter into the potato.  Use a knife to cut away about a ½ inch slice all around the cookie cutter.  Remove the cookie cutter.  Instructions: Use a sponge brush to cover the shape with a thin layer of paint.  Press the potato onto the paper to print. Re-apply between stamping for a more solid image. See Mr. Mark at one of…

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Moving Students Past the Starting Line and Towards Spiritual Maturity – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin February 25, 2020 What is Spiritual Maturity? Spiritual maturity is the ability of a Christ-follower to read God’s Word and be convicted by the Holy Spirit regarding the truth it contains. It’s a disciple’s willingness to turn to God, confess sin, and seek repentance. Spiritually mature disciples apply the truth of God’s Word by changing their thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes. They are like the man who builds his house on the rock (Matthew 7:24-27).  This is the…

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Winter Bird Feeder | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird . . .  Genesis 1:21 Supplies Needed: Paper tubes Peanut butter Birdseed Wide ribbon Plastic knife Pie tin or paper plate Tray Instructions: Use a plastic knife to coat the tube with peanut butter. Pour some bird seed on a paper plate or pie tin and place it on a large tray. Roll the tube in bird seed—pressing down…

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Executive Orders Don’t Make Buildings Beautiful – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

A draft executive order has recently riled up the architectural community. Entitled “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again,” it points out the ugliness in a number of modern architectural movements and calls for a return to classical and other traditional styles of architecture in Federal buildings. Classical architecture is beautiful. When done well, it is breathtaking. But if we want to see a renewed emphasis on beauty in contemporary architecture, this executive order is unlikely to be the solution. C.S. Lewis…

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Love Bug | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Love one another.” 1 John 4:7 Supplies Needed: Jumbo pom-poms Heart-shaped foam shapes Wiggle Eyes Chenille Stems Glue Scissors Instructions: Have fun creating a unique “love bug” using the above supplies in whatever way makes you smile! Use liquid glue to attach chenille stems to the pom pom. Use heart shapes (or any shape desired) to create the feet. In Parenting is a Choice, Mr. Mark weaves practical tips parents can follow, with humorous stories from his personal experience to…

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An Apology for Apologetics | More Than Cake – Christian Article

For more ideas, check out this book by Dr. Williams. Someone in an Apologetics interest group on Facebook asked why people should be interested in Apologetics. Some think it is unspiritual to support faith with reason and cannot imagine why anyone would be interested in Apologetics. Others are interested in Apologetics for the wrong reasons—because they like to argue and they think the ability to do so gives them a cheap claim to spirituality and prowess in ministry. The second…

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Why Middle School Ministry is the most important ministry at your church – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin January 28, 2020 The church makes a lot of mistakes when setting its priorities. It focuses too much on insiders, preaching over relationships, programs over equipping members to reach their world for Christ, and high school ministry over middle school ministry.  About 50 years ago, the church woke up to the need for student ministry and correctly started building high school youth ministries. Along the way, the church realized there really wasn’t anything for middle school students—they…

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Your Worth as a Youth Minister – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One of the worst feelings I have ever felt was on a Sunday night in the middle of the summer. Ihad prepared a fun youth event that included tye-dye and a bible study on the Creation story.Ten minutes had gone by and no one had showed up. Not a single soul. I sat in the chair, tryingnot to look pathetic in case one lone teen would saunter in the room. My heart was racing and Ifelt sort of sick to…

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Silly Juice Box Fun | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . .” Psalm 139:14 Supplies Needed: Juice box Straw Scrapbook paper—patterns and solids Wiggle eyes Tape Scissors Remove the original juice box straw. Cut scrapbook paper to fit around the juice box. Do not wrap the top and bottom. Embellish the juice box with fun facial features. Attach the straw to the backside of decorated box. Include a Bible verse or other words of encouragement and serve at…

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Joy in Youth Ministry: Being Buoyed by Hope – Youth Ministry Christian Article

While not-so-innocently meandering around the Hobby Lobby this month, I found myself drawn, as usual, to the décor aisles. Scattered about the adorable canvas signs (silently beckoning, “Buy me!”) I noticed a few signs with the phrase “Choose Joy” artfully painted on canvas. Before I knew it, the sign appeared in my shopping cart. (I still don’t know how that possibly could have happened!) That little canvas hangs up on my wall where I see it daily. Some days, it’s…

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The Giant Crane | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Now, let’s talk extreme, awesome decorations! This prop is only for the brave! It is very large and will make a huge statement on your stage. The crane is created to fit on three standing wardrobe boxes and three horizontal wardrobe boxes . The adhesive backed panels are about 10 feet long and 48 inches wide. This means it will stand 13 feet high. If it’s on a stage, it will be a show stopper! The large sticker will wrap…

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12 Topics Youth Ministries Avoid – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin January 31, 2020 There are only so many weeks in a year, so we must select which topics to cover and which to leave off our teaching schedules. Inevitably, we pass over subjects we would love to cover but can’t. This dilemma presents a powerful temptation: do we schedule precious time to cover topics that make us nervous, or do we stick to our teaching comfort zones? We asked 12 youth ministry leaders to share the neglected…

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Meet Your Teens Where They Are, Not Where You Want Them to Be – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ministry is great, isn’t it? The teens are always smiling and laugh at all of your jokes. They are super polite to every parent and volunteer who walks through the door. They eat all of their food and even help clean up after dinner. They never speak during the talks you give and always participate fully in small group discussions. The teens obey all rules of every game so that everyone can have a good time and receive the take-home…

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