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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(Podcast) What COVID-19 Unveils About Today’s Youth Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One age group is hit particularly hard with the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s teenagers. Join Thom and youth ministry expert and author Rick Lawrence as they discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on youth ministers and teenagers around the country. Then discover key steps youth ministries can take to stay keep their teenagers engaged during these challenging times. LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE NOW Rick, author of Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry, said many youth pastors are trying to stay in contact with their…

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13 Books Every Christian Teenager Should Read – Christian Article

“What youth sows, old age must reap,” said J.C. Ryle. The teen years are arguably the most important years of a person’s life. Why? Because they’re the training ground for the rest of our lives. This is when we’re forming the habits that will follow us through adulthood, shape our perspective of the world, and influence our identity. J.C. Ryle says, “Youth is the planting time of full age, the molding season in the little space of human life, the…

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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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Mental Health Matters | Youthfront – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Mental Health Matters | Youthfront > Blog, Parenting > Mental Health Matters Our Blog Lent: A time to slow down, notice and connect Mental Health Matters by Caroline Oas, youth pastor and counselor Parents, and those who work with teenagers, I have a question. What’s scarier: a horror movie or a hormonal teenager? It’s a tough call sometimes! We can all agree that middle schoolers and high schoolers often struggle with their emotions. We can chalk it up to “hormones”…

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Why you should bring all your teens (and their unreached friends) to Winter Jam this year – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Starting this Friday I’m going to be on tour with Winter Jam and I can’t wait! This year’s lineup is shockingly good: Crowder, Hillsong Young & Free, Passion Band, Red, Andy Mineo, Building 429, New Song and so many others. I think this is the strongest top to bottom lineup Winter Jam has had in years!

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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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6 Tips on Engaging Youth in Service – Youth Ministry Christian Article

My friend, Kevin Mahaffy, shared 6 tips on how to get teenagers involved in their communities and I thought these were very helpful.  I will share 4 of them with you here on the blog, and you can get the link to the full post at the end. Make it fun. If serving is a drag, students will not want to do it. It can be hard and challenging, but it’s never dull. Find ways to make service fun. Build fun…

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How Can You Find a Biblical Role Model for Your Teen? – Christian Article

Aside from Jesus himself, few people in Scripture are presented as obvious heroes. Most are portrayed as complicated people, prone to occasional failure, who nevertheless were used by God in extraordinary ways. That’s why they make such great role models for your complicated teen, who also may be prone to occasional failure. [Sign up to receive in your emailbox the free Bible Verse of the Day from Bible Gateway] Here are four women and six men to consider in your…

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