I have spent many hours with people who have been overwhelmed by the weight of expectations. What are healthy ways churches (or classes) can offer support to those entering ministry for the first time?
VBS can be a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus—with members and the community—in a fun and different way. What has worked, or NOT worked, at your church?
Christian speaker and author, Jolene DeHeer, has students tell her they'll go on a mission trip if it is out of the county, someplace warm, or if there is a fun “day away” activity. How do we break these barriers?
How do leaders help the process of building "Kingdom people" after a mission trip is over? Check out this blog for a list of ideas and suggestions that may be helpful!
We are helping churches engage students in missional living, not just for one week. The goal is for church youth groups to become more missional the other 51 weeks of the year and through their life journey.
Examining your reasons for signing up for a mission trip – whether you’re a leader or a student – is essential for preparing your heart for the trip and opening yourself to what God may have planned.
Preparation for mission trips is not just about fundraising and packing one’s bags. Join us over the weeks to come to gain helpful insights into short-term mission trips!
When our time is constantly being taken up with our idols, whether in social media or other places, how can we be spiritually healthy?
The "anonymous-ness" of Cyber-Bullying is such a problem because it is an easier form of hurting someone. If you see someone targeting another person online, hold them accountable!
It is tempting to be quick to vilify technology that I do not understand. A better solution for me is to let my youth take the lead in helping me navigate a culture that is daunting.
What are we, as digital natives and immigrants, supposed to do when the digital reality intersects with youth ministry?
Is social media helpful or hurtful to our teens? How can we claim the square inch that IS social media to be glorifying to God in our own lives, and in our ministries?
Picture this: there are two deer, each with 10 point racks, standing on their hind legs in a forest clearing. One of the deer has what appears to be a bullseye on its chest. And, the other deer looks at the first and says, "Bummer of a birthmark, Hal!"
A picture, a few words - 5 to be...
Are we investing the time needed to disciple young Christians? And, what type of model is needed to ensure that we are doing a God-honoring effort?
Youth ministry becomes less initmidating when we think of it in terms of movement and direction. Movement: getting them started or involved. Direction: pointing them in the right direction.
Young Adults are increasingly hesitant to stand in front of a congregation and commit to a community of faith because there are other churches and doctrines that they have yet to explore.
Recent youth ministry studies suggest that we may not be acting intentionally enough about helping kids transition through our programs. How can we facilitate better transitions?
We need help composing biblical guidelines that can be understood by the typical teen, are based on respectful behavior toward the leaders and one another, and aren't a list of "don't" rules.
Normally youth ministry staff are paid based on the hours they work planning youth activities. What are guidelines for compensation when they are with the youth 24 hrs per day?
From the many contributors of the Youth Ministry section of the Network, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to chatting with you again in 2015.
Blessings from the team.
When churches are feeling overwhelmed and under-resourced it might be time to return to the ABCD’s: Asset Based Church Development.
Youth Pastor- First CRC, Red Deer, AB. We are a growing congregation located in Central Alberta. We are seeking an energized full-time Youth Pastor to work alongside our Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor to grow and learn about our diverse congregation. B.A. is preferred and experiences can...
Here's a great, thought provoking activity for your youth group, small group, family devotions, or even for yourself.
Perhaps we need to consider that the "current" in which we are doing youth ministry is changing. As the denomination engages a new model for direction and vision our ministry will inevitably change.
Sometimes in ministry we set a course for a destinatation but drift further away despite our best efforts.