Youth Ministry

COVID-19: A Message from an Asian Youth Worker – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Guest Contributor April 7, 2020 My name is Pa, and I’m the Area Director of a Hmong TreeHouse in St. Paul, MN. I’m sure by now you’ve heard stories of hate crimes toward Asians, as they are on the rise due to COVID-19. I’d like to share with you a bit about my personal experience during this time, as well as give you some brief insights about ministering to Asian students right now. My experience As an Asian, I…

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A Letter to Parents – YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Hey parents, Thank you for the way you’ve reached out and supported what we’re trying to do to stay connected with your students and families during this season. As a parent of teenagers, I understand the responsibility you feel to take care of your family… I’m so thankful for those of you who’ve reached out to me (and I know many others) checking on us, offering to help, and supporting us. You’re setting a great example for your kids. We’ve…

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ADVENT WITH AN ELF – Brooklyn Lindsey – Youth Ministry Christian Article

ADVENT WITH AN ELF Hi. I’m Brooklyn. I’m a mom of two kids (three if you count our goldendoodle Marley). I’m a writer and a pastor and I love everything there is to love about Christmas. When The Elf On A Shelf tradition came about I jumped on board. Fun always draws our family closer and it was a lot of fun moving the elf, causing mischief, and even texting the kids as “Christmas Tree” our elf. What I learned…

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A chance to do less, well – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Let’s face it kids, as youth workers we’re incredibly trigger happy when it comes to projects. I’m not sure if it’s our attention-deficient-riddled brains, or just too many years hooked on the out-of-date tuckshop sugar highs, but we start more projects than we have hot dinners. We just can’t help ourselves. In my first youth work job there was already twenty-two projects, clubs and events that I oversaw, so what did I do in the four years in post? I…

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A Youth Pastor’s Guide To Self Care During Social Distancing – Helping Youth Workers Build Successful Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One of your main jobs is building community, which is tough to do in this season. Social Media was the extra stuff you did to connect, now it’s the only thing you use to connect. If you’re an IRL people person, all these video screens may have you stressing and I want to encourage you to take care of yourself during this time. Let me offer a few reminders to help you keep your heart, mind and spirit healthy. Keep…

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TLH106: Youth Ministry in Quarantine – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | | More Like all of you, it has been a CRAZY couple weeks for us as we’ve adjusted to our current normal of not meeting with teenagers in person. So, we decided to take a moment and share a quick update regarding what we’re doing and what we’ve learned in the last couple of…

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Pivoting in a Pandemic: Five Shifts in Global Youth Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

In the uncertain times ahead, I believe global youth ministry is being presented with at least five pivotal opportunities to shift how we minister to and through youth. At every level – from local church ministers to denominational and social movement influencers – God is stirring significant shifts in the world of youth ministry as ministers adapt to the crisis brought on by the Coronavirus. As Colin Piper, Youth Commissioner of the World Evangelical Association, recently shared, “It’s a surreal…

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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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Holy week in the midst of a pandemic; Two practical ideas for your online youth ministry gathering – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Photo by Karl Fredrickson “… [T]he transformative stature of waiting is a profoundly countercultural act, a practice mastered only over a lifetime, that nonetheless may bear away some of the world’s pain.” —Sarah Coakley [1] My friend Liz, a pastor, texted me recently. “I have no idea what I’m going to do for Holy Week at this point.” “Wait for the resurrection I suppose,” I wrote back. “Or just wait.” Maybe this resonates. We’re waiting, but for what? We don’t…

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92 | 3 Keys to Spiritual Resilience in Youth Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Hi. We’re Kenny and Elle Campbell, founders of Stuff You Can Use. We’ve been doing youth ministry for over twenty combined years and love every second of it. Thanks for stopping by, we hope you find this resource helpful! Learn More About Kenny + Elle Here Join Our Facebook Group This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Kenny + Elle Campbell Read Full Article

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Underdog | TheSource4YM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Main Point: Through Jesus, God can bring lasting change in our lives that goes far beyond our circumstances. About the Artist – Alicia Keys New York born Alicia Augello-Cook (professionally known as Alicia Keys) started music at a young age. From piano lessons at the age of seven to graduating from the Professional Performance Arts School at the age of sixteen, Keys signed a record deal right after graduation. After four weeks at Columbia University, she decided to go all-in with music and…

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Free 21-Day Devotion for Students – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By sin, the perfection of creation has been broken, but God’s redemptive plan is beautifully underway. This 21-day devotional for students is perfect to start now, or utilize following Easter. Help students digest what happened before, during, and after Jesus’ crucifixion and what it means for our lives now. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Katie Wylie Read Full Article

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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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In This World You Will Have Trouble. . . And We Do. . . – Youth Ministry Christian Article

My head is spinning. This morning, my father went to be with Jesus. I am a bit numb. Two days ago, a life-long college friend died from the Covid-19 virus. Yesterday, an early-in-my-ministry mentor passed away. Add to that the fact Covid-19 is causing fear and anxiety just about everywhere. My head is cloudy right now. And so I reached back a few minutes ago to find and read these words I penned two years ago. . . “Come and…

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Oops. You Got In Trouble. – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Let’s face it. Sometimes youth pastors get a bad rap. We get blamed for messes we didn’t make, called out for fights we didn’t start, and accused of throwing a Jacuzzi party in the baptistery. That last one wasn’t me. … The post Oops. You Got In Trouble. appeared first on DYM Blog. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Ronald Read Full Article

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Parent Ministry and Mission Trips – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Dan Colwin April 1, 2020 The past few weeks have presented us with a lot of unknowns as we look to the future. We are all wondering about what the days and weeks ahead will look like. This question is especially pressing as we look at our summer calendars, particularly summer mission trips. I’m sure you’ve already fielded plenty of calls from parents wondering what “the plan” is for the summer and the mission trip, and even beyond. Everyone…

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5 Ways to Save Yourself from Drowning – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ministry is amazing… We get to spend our greatest energy wading into the deepest pools of others—their triumphs and failures, joys and sorrows. And we have the honor of pointing them toward the Lifeguard/Swim Coach who’s teaching them how to be strong swimmers! But when we’re swimming laps around these pools, we can feel drained and exhausted. Cynicism creeps in—and maybe anger, depression, anxiety, or apathy begins to set in. It’s not enough to count on “staying plugged into Jesus”…

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Sheltering in Grace & Creating Connection – Youth Ministry Christian Article

The world as we know it is in the midst of a Global transformation. At least that is how I am choosing to look at this time of “Sheltering in Grace”. Seeing it this way is helping me to re-arrange my thoughts and desires for physical connection to one of protecting those I love. One day soon we will be able to sit with our friends again, like the picture above. (Photo credit to Duy Pham on Unsplash) Until then,…

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How to hold on when times are hard – Youth Ministry Christian Article

How to hold on when times are hard | Youthfront > Blog, Parenting > How to hold on when times are hard Our Blog Mental Health Matters How to hold on when times are hard by Jamie Roach These are unprecedented times.  Knowing what our kids need from us during this crisis can be hard.  But being what our kids need us to be proves to be exponentially harder.  Like a friend recently emailed me, “They’re scared, out of their…

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What’s Your Plan? – Brooklyn Lindsey – Youth Ministry Christian Article

What’s your plan for 2019? Love is my plan this year. In every circumstance, relationship, and decision, I truly want to know what love would do. Because I’ve not always used love as my compass. Honestly, I’d say fear has allowed to lead for too long.  Even though I share glimpses of my life on social media, the majority of the last two years of my life has been relatively hidden. And it’s been in those hidden spaces where I’m…

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The YouthWorkHacks YouTube Channel – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

With all the stuck-at-home youth workers, benched students, and digital revolution in ministry taking off, this seems like a pretty legit time to launch the new YouthWorkHacks YouTube Channel. Who is it for? I’m aiming all the content in this to begin with at new youth workers, or youth work students. It’s not made for the veteran practitioner. If you find it helpful too – great – but the idea is to stay simple and broad for a while, and…

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10 Entertaining Games You Can Play With Your Small Group On Zoom – Helping Youth Workers Build Successful Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Hello, if you’re reading this in the future, it’s 2020 and we are quarantined due to the Corona Virus or Covid-19. Life is crazy. People are crazy, buying lots of toilet paper for no reason. If you’re in the present, you’re probably meeting with your Youth Groups online most likely on a platform called Zoom. Times have changed but youth groups, and teenagers, have not. Games are still a thing, even during a pandemic. If you have a youth group…

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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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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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