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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When Children Make Early Decisions for Christ – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

What do we do when we tell children about Jesus and kids question their beliefs years later? My two older daughters both were baptized in kindergarten. Yes, they were both very young. I had the intention with both to encourage them to wait until they were older. However, both made decisions for Christ that I felt were genuine, both could explain the gospel in age-appropriate language, and both really were excited to go public with their faith. (You can see…

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12 Community Service Projects Kids Can Do in Small Groups – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Do you ever wish your church offered more service projects in your community? Do you wish you could go to your community rather than just trying to bring your community to you? This can seem like an issue for your Senior Pastor and other adults in your church, but it’s actually much easier to begin service projects with the kids at your church. 12 service projects you can do for your community: 1. Water Bottle Sleeves When a kid in…

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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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5 Signs You Might Be an Insecure Leader – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Leadership is not easy. The reality is that every person leads at some level. The question is not whether or not you are a leader as much as how well are you leading. And if you’re an insecure leader, your leadership is not as strong as it could be. Growing up in the church, I saw one insecure leader after another, but I never realized they were insecure until I started to work at Redeemer 18 years ago. I began…

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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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10 Fun Bible Verse Memory Games for Kids in Groups – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Here are 10 fun Bible memory games to use with kids in groups. You can use these at church, in Sunday school, or even at home. 10 Fun Bible Verse Memory Games 1. Spin the Bottle Mark an arrow on an empty plastic bottle. Kids sit in a circle with the bottle in the middle. Spin the bottle. Whoever the bottle lands on says the first word of verse. Spin again, that person says first and second words. Continue until…

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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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3 Ways to Prevent an Attitude of Entitlement in Your Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The culture around us has gradually shifted America’s mindset to believe that we all have our rights, including the “right” to have what we want, the way we want it, and when we want it. We would call this an attitude of entitlement. It’s an attitude that has led many adults to live off government handouts, and many others to think they should have in their 20’s everything that took their parents a lifetime to earn and accumulate. When it comes to our kids, some…

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How About Making Memories Instead of Using All Your Money on Presents – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As parents, we want to give our kids great gifts at Christmas. We get their wish lists and get as much as our budget allows. But what if we focused on making memories instead of tons of gifts? Christmas comes and we give our kids the gifts.  They are excited at first, but as a few months pass by, they grow bored with the present and it sits on a shelf or at the bottom of their toy box. Giving…

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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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30 Ideas for a Christ-Centered Family Christmas – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is probably my favorite holiday. I love the atmosphere that Christmas brings; so much joy and cheer. I love that the Atlanta Christian Radio station plays Christmas music beginning on Thanksgiving Day. I love to decorate my house and absolutely love Christmas lights! Christmas is so much fun! But sometimes my love for this holiday is focused on the wrong things. I tend to pay attention more to buying presents, going to…

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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 the Church Can Learn From Toys R’ Us’ Relaunch – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As you may or may not know, Toys R’ Us closed down all of their stores in the U.S.  I wrote an article about why I believe they had to shut down.  You can read the article here.  From that article, here are some of the reasons why I believe they had to file for bankruptcy. Lesson 1 – You cannot allow past success to dictate future strategy.Lesson 2 – The big box is being replaced with smaller venues. Lesson 3…

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7 Signs of Unchecked Arrogance in Young Leaders – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Let me start this post with two caveats: first, young leader, know that I love you. I’ve devoted much of my life to investing in you and sending you out. Second, know that I plan to address older leaders tomorrow, too, as all of us must continually check our hearts. If you’re a younger leader, be aware of these problematic signs: You’re seemingly inches away from giving up on the institutional church. I know the church is far from what we’re…

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25 Largest Children’s Ministries in the Nation (2019), With a Great Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Each year, Outreach magazine puts out a list of the largest and fastest growing churches in the nation.  Without exception, the churches always have a great children’s ministry.  We know that children’s ministry makes a big impact not only in the children’s area, but on the entire church.  Children’s ministry can be a major growth factor for a church. If a large church is missing from the list, it’s because they decided not to report their attendance this year.  I…

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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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10 Important Times You Should Be Praying With Your Child – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It is so important to pray for your child.  Pray for your child when he or she is sick.  Pray for your child when he or she is facing a hard situation.  Pray for your child when he or she is faced with temptation.  This is so, so important. Yes, we should pray FOR our child, but you should also be praying WITH your child. Here are 10 crucial times you should be praying WITH your child. A faith commitment…

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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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5 Key Elements for a Vibrant Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It’s nearly impossible to overestimate the value of a vibrant children’s ministry in your church. Parents love their kids. God loves their kids. I’m confident you do too. But the fact that you care about the kids that attend your church may not show in your children’s ministry. Your church may have an inspiring vision, outstanding worship services, and strong outreach ministries, etc., but if you don’t have a vibrant children’s ministry, families may stop coming. No need to panic,…

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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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7 Steps for Planning a Youth Service – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I met this week with the weekend program team to talk through the process of planning a youth service. For us, our main visible program is on the weekend, so here is what we’re now calling The Weekend Tornado. Some weeks it is an F5, others not much more than some whipping wind, but never just a gentle breeze. CollectThis is the brainstorming stage, where ideas are thrown up on a whiteboard and randomly bantered and tossed around. There are…

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3 Tips on How to Parent in Public – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It isn’t always easy to parent in public but it’s essential. I can remember the days when our children were young, and my wife would come home from grocery shopping rattling off the list of infractions our children were guilty of while in the store. The list often included misdemeanors (or misbehaviors) like arguing with each other, complaining about not getting what they wanted, and failing to stay where they were told. Most parents know the feeling of embarrassment and frustration of…

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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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Break Your Child’s Will But Not Their Spirit – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Discipline balanced with love is the key to parenting. From the time they were just a baby, one of our four children had a will that was noticeably stronger than the others. I can remember the days of them growing up and getting in trouble time and time again because of their stubbornness and unwillingness to conform. There’s one situation in particular that I remember quite well. Our child was about six years old at the time, and there was…

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