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Get to Know Generation Alpha – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Move over Gen Z, the next generation after you has arrived. They are called Generation Alpha.  At the time of this writing, they represent kids born between 2010 up to 2025.  Presently there are 9,000 Gen Alpha babies born every day.  The oldest are 9 years old and the youngest have yet to be born. They are the first generation entirely born within the 21st century. Gen Alpha is growing up in a variety of living arrangements.  A large percentage…

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The Complete How and Why Behind Youth Ministry Burnout – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I started Smarter Youth Ministry more than three years ago…specifically so that I could one day write this very article. I’ve spent countless hours researching youth ministry burnout, interviewing youth workers, and testing theories and ideas for youth ministry. Today, I’m rolling back the most significant discovery yet: exactly how burnout happens, and what you can do to stop it. We’ve finally identified the precise behaviors and warning signs that will put you on a path to youth ministry burnout.…

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Teaching Teens How to Read the Bible (and Actually Understand It) – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s incredibly important to teach teens how to read the Bible so they actually understand it. I grew up in a home without a dishwasher. To be more accurate, I grew up in a home of four children. We were the dishwashers. Then, one summer in high school I landed a nannying job watching two little boys. And it all went well until I broke their kitchen. Being a helpful young woman, I loaded the dishwasher after lunch one day and decided to run…

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You Have More in Common With Gen Z Than You Think – Youth Ministry Christian Article

There is a lot being said right now about Gen Z (Gen Z: The Hand They Have Been Dealt | Gen Z: The Culture, Beliefs, and Motivations Shaping the Next Generation). But we need to be careful as we do a deep dive into what makes this generation tick. Our preoccupation with the uniqueness of this generation, might actually isolate us from them instead of drawing us to them. You probably have more in common with Gen Z than you realize. I…

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Face Masks for Kids? CDC Gives Guidance on Children’s Face Coverings – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As businesses and restaurants begin reopening around the country, the most common measure to protect against COVID-19 is to wear a face mask while in public. In many states, this practice is not just recommended, but now required. That’s because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, face masks can help prevent the transmission of respiratory droplets from an infected person to those nearby. But as 2020 becomes the year of the face mask, it begs the question—should kids wear face…

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3 Tips to Becoming a Better Bible Teacher – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I’ve been in youth ministry for about 14 years, in a lot of different aspects. But the thing I love more than anything is opening up the Bible and engaging teenagers with God’s Word. I’ve learned some key things for being a better Bible teacher. For me personally, I feel like I am closest to what God has called me to do with my life when I am teaching the Bible. Am I a great Bible-study leader? I don’t think…

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20 Questions to Ask Before Kids Gather Back to Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Who would have ever thought we would experience weeks and even months away from gathering in person? Hopefully, soon we will be able to gather back together. But there will be things that are new to everyone as we walk into this new normal. It’s important to think through what your strategy will be when they return.  What should you do?  What should you not do? 20 questions you can ask kids to help you formulate what your strategy will…

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Do You Miss the Teens in Your Youth Ministry? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As everyone signed off the virtual youth night, the silence hit me.  It’s a silence I have heard before, it is one that emerges after a night of ministry, but this evening it was deafening. The silence is a reminder of how much I miss the teens and adults who make up the ministry I oversee. I never thought I would miss the volunteer who would linger behind to lament about that one disruptive kid in their small group. I…

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Introducing a Pandemic-Proof Way to Share the Gospel: Life in 6 Words – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Introducing our newly updated, highly anticipated Life in 6 Words app! Through this app, not only can you share the Gospel face-to-face (from 6 feet away:)), but you can also share it using the app’s “audio story” functionality from the safety of your own home! After all, you can’t quarantine the Gospel! Finally, there’s a way to still have social distancing and engage in Gospel witnessing! And, as a bonus, it’s really cool looking, easy to use and super effective! After you download…

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10 Great Ways Kids Can Serve at Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Did you know that studies show that kids and teenagers who serve in their local church are far less likely to walk away from their faith as they get older? And there are great ways kids can serve at church. The Bible reminds us of this in James 2.  Here’s what it says… Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. Good works lead to a faith that is alive and vibrant. The…

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Be Careful Because Virtual Ministry Can Still Burn You Out – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As we checked in over Google Hangout, my coworker exclaimed, “I Think I’ve Had A Little Too Much Screentime.” We all jumped in and agreed we were there. Since virtual ministry and telecommuting started for our parish, I’ve found myself looking at emails, social media, and teleconferencing sites nonstop. These are unusual times, and with any type of change, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed. Right now, everything is being canceled and rescheduled. More and more businesses are trying to…

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5 Awesome Family Game Ideas – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

One of the things our family loves to do is play games together. In fact, we have one night each week designated as “Family Game Night.” Here are our best family game ideas. Sometimes we’ll play card games or board games, but some of the ones we enjoy the most are the random games we’ve made up ourselves or that require little to no prep time or supplies. In an effort to help your family with fun ideas during this season…

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Technology for High School Small Groups When You Can’t Meet In-Person – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I’m not sure what it’s like in the rest of the country, but basically all in-person church ministry has been canceled in the Washington DC area. Youth groups, Bible studies, fellowship groups, high school small groups, staff meetings, and even prayer meetings have all been canceled for basically the rest of the school year. This is a particular burden for youth groups, where weekly discipleship is so critical. Fortunately there are technological options to enable much of that ministry…

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Parents, Your Kids Need Big Theology – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The Rich Theology of Hymns Before our daughter was born, my husband and I made a long list of “musts” and “nevers” like any ambitious parent. As you can imagine, most of those fell by the wayside in the days and months after she was born, but one tradition was born from that list that has turned into one of my favorite parenting victories. We vowed to teach our children classic hymns. We carefully picked out which song would be…

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5 Surefire Ways to Train Your Child to Become a Porn Addict – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Before I get into five surefire ways to motivate your child to become a porn addict, let me establish two important points. The first is, no parent wants their child to become involved in pornography. We all can agree on this. The problem for many of us is, we do not understand the insidious allurement of pornography or how our behavior, though unintentional, can help shape a child to become a porn addict and to crave something that can lead…

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7 Tips on Getting and Keeping the Attention of Teenagers – Youth Ministry Christian Article

God has blessed me with the privilege of speaking to groups of teenagers for the last twenty-five years or so. From small youth groups to medium-sized camps to arenas full of students, I have known the thrill and terror of trying to get and keep the attention of teenagers who are adrenalin-filled and twitchy. Here are seven lessons I’ve learned when it comes to getting and keeping the attention of teenagers: 1. Hook the attention of teenagers with humor, then…

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The Update on Generation Z Every Church Leader Needs – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Vivendi Brand Marketing released a comprehensive report titled “Gen Z & Entertainment” on those born between 2000 and 2012 (Although most would deem Generation Z to include those born between 1995 and 2010.). The report looks at how “they connect with books, festivals, gaming, music and series in a new and different way.” The “Billie Eilish” generation (named after the Gen Z music phenom) is accurately noted as the largest generation on Earth, and they “mark a radical break from…

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6 Children’s Sermons for Parents to Use at Home This Easter – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

During this season while church gatherings are postponed, children’s ministry leaders and parents wonder what to do with the kids on Sunday morning. What about their children’s sermons? their Bible lessons? How will they keep learning? We don’t know how long this season will last, but we do know that our children’s Christian education matters—whether we gather or not. So what’s a parent to do? We’ve collected easy children’s sermons and Bible worksheets for you to do at home with…

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How to Help Your Teens Overcome Their Coronavirus Fear – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Everybody’s freaking out. School districts are closing. Large events are cancelling. Heck, even Disney World is temporarily shut down! In the words of Bill Murray and crew in the classic movie Ghostbusters, “Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!” And teenagers are especially freaking out (I know because I have two of them.) Social media is fueling a hysteria with “news” that predicts millions of people dying to the shut down of the government to…

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7 Reasons Why Churches Fail Special Needs Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

One of the things that the kidmin community is lacking is a clear focus on special needs ministry. We have seen lots of traction when it comes to ministering to families, creating environments. One area that that is severely lacking is comprehensive ministry to special needs kids. You go to most churches in America, even megachurches, and there is little available for families with special needs kids. I am not here to point fingers at others, but at Redeemer we…

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37 Free Bible-Based Sunday School Lessons for Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

For years, churchleaders.com has partnered with amazing resource providers to give you free Sunday school lessons for kids as downloads. In this article, we’ve compiled our 37 favorite Bible lessons for kids. Read on to find… 10 Free Sunday School Lessons for Kids The Rocks Cry Out Engage your kids in Palm Sunday with this simple science experiment using rocks. How to Train Your Attitude is a Bible lessons for kids package to help kids have the right attitude in all…

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Writing a Great Youth Pastor Job Description – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Looking for a good youth pastor can be difficult. It helps to have a great youth pastor job description. Trust me, I know. Not only have I served as a youth pastor, but I have also now hired several youth pastors in my various senior-level roles. The role of a youth pastor can be difficult; many people believe they can be good at it—even if they are not. Perhaps they think, I was a youth, so I can pastor them. Or I can’t…

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God’s Extraordinary Work in the Ordinary Family – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Over the past decade, a barrage of articles and blog posts have been blanketed across the landscape of the internet–promoting and counteracting the idea of radical and extraordinary Christian service. Those who have emphasized radical Christian service have done so in an attempt to thwart the complacent, materialistic, self-focused, inhospitable, and unmerciful lifestyle of so many in middle and upper-class suburbia. Those who react to an emphasis on living radical lives of Christian service have focused on faithfulness in the…

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Rhett & Link, YouTubers Popular With Youth, Deconstruct Their Faith – Youth Ministry Christian Article

My kids love Rhett & Link’s Ear Biscuits podcast, but a recent episode where the hosts deconstruct their faith really rocked their worlds. How should youth leaders respond when these things happen? When I was growing up in the 1980’s, road trips always came with a soundtrack. Our soundtrack included a little Hank Williams Jr., The Beach Boys, some Beatles here and there, and if we got really, really lucky we might get a little Chicago (to be clear, the…

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When Is It Appropriate for Children to Receive Communion? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Since the practice of the Lord’s Supper has regained something of a focused treatment online in recent days, I thought it might be advantageous to focus on another important aspect of the Lord’s Supper–namely, how and when is it appropriate for children to receive communion? In doctrinally serious churches, welcoming the children of believers to the Lord’s Supper is one of the most important elements of the life of the church. It is also one of the most difficult and…

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