Youth Ministers

Learning Together: An Asian American Perspective On Racial Justice and Reconciliation – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As our country takes a hard look in the mirror and acknowledges a long history of racial prejudice and injustice, we at Rooted want to observe things from every angle and every viewpoint. In this interview we’ve invited our friends Kevin Yi and Clark Fobes to speak with us about racism against Asian-Americans during the Covid-19 crisis, complicated issues of discrimination within the Asian-American community, and how racism particularly impacts teenagers.  ROOTED: How does discrimination play out differently for Asian-Americans? …

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Dear Jon Steingard (and others in his shoes) – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Note: This letter/article is written to Jon Steingard, formerly of the Christian band Hawk Nelson, who announced over Instagram that he is no longer sure he believes in the existence of God. His Instagram post tells his story about how he lost faith, his growing doubts, and what has recently led him to publicly announce his loss-of-faith. Dear Jon, I’m a youth pastor and I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the ways that Christian culture puts young men and women who…

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Hope For Today’s Anxious Teen – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Let’s be honest. Anxiety among teens was a hot topic before the pandemic. Teenagers today seem to be more anxious than those of any previous generation. Adding isolation and uncertainty about the future just throws dynamite into an already raging fire.  Now we all know that, for some students, the pandemic has been a welcome change. Students might be enjoying the extra time at home. There are lower expectations from school, and the chance to binge-watch favorite TV shows. But…

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The Ethical Lesson for the Young in the Corona-Crisis – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Media, government leaders, and adults have all expressed a great deal of frustration with the young people’s lack of compliance to social distancing during the Coronavirus Crisis. States shut down their beaches after pictures surfaced of college-age spring-breakers flooding the coastline in full violation of social distancing recommendations. Government leaders, healthcare authorities, media outlets, and the President of the United States himself have warned and implored young people to obey the quarantine regulations, if not for themselves, then for the…

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Resurrection Hope for a Different Kind of Easter – Youth Ministry Christian Article

In a world marked by fear and concern over COVID-19, this Easter is going to look very different for us and for our students. The gathering of family at grandma’s house for Easter dinner is cancelled due to social distancing. The church building will sit empty on what is typically one of its busiest days. Although the church pews may be vacant and our Easter traditions are put on hold, the hope of the empty tomb remains. Without the Resurrection…

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Youth Leader, What’s In Their Suitcase During This Crisis? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

My church has a powerhouse Christian couple who’s been teaching a small group for young parents for more than 20 years. They help new parents gain a vision for discipling their kids. They use a metaphor to help parents understand their spiritual role in their kids’ lives: in raising your children, you’re packing their suitcase. The child will be under your care and tutelage for a limited period. You are packing their spiritual suitcase during this season, and then you’ll…

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Household Worship- A Guide For Families Going to Church Online – Youth Ministry Christian Article

This one come to us from Rooted staff and steering committee member Chelsea Kingston Erickson, who serves as Pastor of Youth Families in Hamilton, Massachusetts. Erickson developed this for her church families who are practicing virtual worship together during the COVID-19 pandemic, just as many of you are. In it she lays some important foundations for how to talk with your kids about online church: how we are doing it now, and why this is a temporary solution, not a…

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The Unique Ministry Opportunity in the Coronavirus Tragedy – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Thousands of people are suffering, sick, and dying. Many people are facing financial straits and dire situations. In no way should we overlook what a catastrophe the COVID-19 pandemic constitutes for countless people around the world. I have been in youth ministry professionally for fifteen years and another five as a volunteer before that; in other words, for this whole, young century. I want to tell everyone who ministers to young people — youth pastor and parent alike — this…

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Paul David Tripp on Two Things You Don’t Have to Worry About – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Youth ministry can come with a lot of worry: over our students, our ministries, and our churches. So youth minister, we pray you will hear these words from Paul David Tripp and breathe a sigh of relief and reliance on the one who carries your burdens. If you’re God’s child, you can rest assured today that both your standing before God and his rule on your behalf are sure and secure.  There are two things in life you simply don’t…

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Three Things to Teach Students About the Missio Dei – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When I was a teenager, I was aware that the good news of the gospel meant Jesus had saved me from sin. Still, I didn’t realize until later that the gospel also meant Jesus had saved me into a mission with him. I was too focused on trying to be the most popular student and the best athlete in my school. (My tall and lanky frame had other ideas, unfortunately. In a single school year, I face-planted at a track…

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The (Good) News for Teenagers: January Edition – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We live in the time of both social media and the 24-hour news cycle. Whether we see it or not, our teenagers are inundated with news both local and international. At Rooted, we wanted to give youth workers and parents a way to frame the headlines for teenagers within the gospel narrative – that amidst both tragedy and joy, we have an abiding hope in Jesus. It’s important to talk to your teenagers about the news, but even more important…

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Wanted: Deposits for the Rooted Illustrations Bank – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Rooted is generating an illustrations bank to be utilized by youth pastors and youth volunteers, and we need your help! But don’t worry, there’s something in it for you too… Purpose When teaching a Bible passage it can be helpful to use examples from culture (including songs, movies, quotes, poems, narratives, graphics, etc.) to further elaborate on the main point of the lesson. However, it is not always easy to think of or find an illustration that helps convey what…

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Behold, the Lamb of God: We Hope You Rest – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We’ve come to the end of our Advent Devotional for Students, but on this Christmas Eve we wanted to stop and speak directly to our Rooted audience — parents and youth ministers — about why the prophecies we’ve explored over the last three weeks mean so much to us as believers.  From the beginning, God knew exactly what He would do to cure the world’s sickness. He knew exactly who He would send; how and when it would happen; He…

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Rooted 2019 Christmas Devotional for Students: Day Fifteen – Youth Ministry Christian Article

He Will Not Grow Faint or Discouraged Behold my servant, whom I uphold,my chosen, in whom my soul delights;I have put my Spirit upon him…a bruised reed he will not break,and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;he will faithfully bring forth justice.He will not grow faint or be discouragedtill he has established justice in the earth;and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spread out the earth and what comes from it,who…

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Rooted 2019 Christmas Devotional for Students: Day Ten – Youth Ministry Christian Article

They Love Me; They Love Me Not Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be…

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Rooted 2019 Christmas Devotions for Students: Day Five – Youth Ministry Christian Article

The Only Remedy for Our Spiritual Sickness “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that bought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) It’s difficult to come to terms with the depth of our sin. The temptation is to make light of our daily struggles, and perhaps even believe the lie that we’re not actually terrible sinners, each of us in need of rescue. But…

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What Would Jesus Say To Greta Thunberg? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ever since Greta Thunberg made U.S. headlines in September speaking to the U.N. Climate Action Summit, I have wondered, What would Jesus say to Greta? Greta is a 16-year-old Swedish girl who started acting on her climate change convictions just a little more than a year ago. Rather than start her school year in the classroom, she chose to spend her days in front of the Swedish parliament leading up to an early September election. Her School Strike for Climate along…

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Rooted 2019 Workshop Audio Second Release – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Today we released five more of our 2019 workshop audio recordings on the Rooted App. All of our 2019 conference recordings will be released as podcasts in 2020. But to access them today, click here to download the rooted app, then click on “podcasts” and “conference recordings.” The following workshops were released today: Elyse Fitzpatrick: Give them Grace, Dazzling Kids with the Love of Jesus If there is anything parents, youth workers, and youth themselves need, it’s grace. In this session…

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Hope This Helps: It’s All Worth It – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ministry is not for the faint of heart. If you’ve been at it for very long you know the value of collecting resources that lift your eyes to Christ during times of discouragement. In October of 2014, I was at Starbucks trying to focus on my Hebrew homework. But in the background lurked a series of painful events unfolding at my church. Sitting there with my translation work, I was questioning myself as well as my calling to ministry. Distracted,…

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Rooted in Prayer: Praying on Our Student’s Behalf – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Monday on the youth ministry side of the blog, we looked at St. Paul’s “rubric” of three different types of prayers we can speak over our students. Today, we’ll take a closer look at prayers of petition. Are you ever baffled by what constitutes a “normal” week in the life of a High Schooler? While I am still relatively new to Youth Ministry, the schedule of a 2019 teen never ceases to amaze me. School, soccer practice, ACT tutor, friend…

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Jesus is King: What to Say to Teenagers About Kanye’s Conversion – Youth Ministry Christian Article

If you work with students, you probably knew Jesus is King was coming. Prolific and controversial celebrities like Kanye West have a knack for getting people talking long before an album drops. And for the Christian community, there is a special interest in hearing an album put out by a person who is newly professing faith in Christ. There is also a large amount of pressure, because of our students’ interest, to comment on Kanye and his newfound faith. Here…

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Pro Tip for the Rooted Conference this Week: Download Our New App! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Don’t forget to download the new Rooted app before the conference this week in Chicago. The app offers easy access to the conference schedule, the speaker list, sign-ups for Friday night dine-arounds, helpful documents our speakers want to share with you, and more! The app also showcases our entire blog, chock-full of articles and resources seeking to educate, equip, and encourage both youth ministers and parents. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Rooted…

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