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Just A Minute

I don’t know about you, but often in the busyness of life, I tell myself, I don’t have just a minute, I have too many things to do. Sometimes I am so preoccupied with what I want to do, that I do not notice the needs of my youth...

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Congregational Worship and its Effect on Youth Groups

Is it possible to have a growing, healthy, successful youth group in a congregation that has traditional worship? Does the worship style of the congregation matter? Does the worship style of the congregation enhance or inhibit a youth leader’s ability to do youth ministry?

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Take Us Along for the Ride

Youth Ministry is a wild ride. The rewards of seeing young people grow in their faith takes spiritual, mental, social, and at times, even physical investment. The Network is recruiting volunteers who are...

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Breaking Down Silos

Silos go up when individual areas get caught up in their own goals and fail to work cross-functionally with others within the organization. It’s the responsibility of a youth leader to break down silos in a church.

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Get Your Youth Involved in VBS

If your church is running VBS later this summer, consider getting your entire youth group actively involved in the program. My experience is that this will bring a wonderful energy to the VBS, and it will have a long-lasting impact.

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A "Reformed" Fund Raising Idea

Faith Alive Christian Resources has come up with a creative idea that will share reformed resources within a congregation AND raise funds for the youth group. Youth groups will earn 40% profit on all books sold through this program. 

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Revisioning Youth Ministry

While numbers are an important tool to help a youth worker gauge the relative health of a ministry (I always keep attendance for my own records), high attendance does not always mean that all is well in the group or that youth are being transformed by the Gospel...

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Late Winter Blues

OK, so here’s my pep talk for you. You have precious few weeks left in this youth group season. Enjoy these last months and the relationships you’ve nurtured. If anything, it’s time to pick up the pace!

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The Most Important Members of Our Congregation

Did you know that children ages 4-14 are the most fragile population within and outside our churches and the ones who know the least about Christ? Yet, the opportunity to reach individuals for Christ is most fruitful in those age 4-14. 

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Bringing Lent into Youth Ministry

For most of my years in youth ministry, I didn’t do a very good job of bringing our youth group into Lent with an appropriate sense of this incredible season. Anyone got ideas or proven lessons to share?

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Mortgage Letter Destruction!

Any ideas? Our church has paid off our mortgage--yay! They've asked the youth group to come up with a creative (symbolic) way to destroy the mortgage letter at a celebration this Sunday. I missed my opportunity to survey the YG and wonder if anyone has some great ideas on how to do this? We'll be in the Fellowship Hall after the service (indoors)... Burning was suggested--not sure what that would look like. Any ideas?
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Followership

I believe followership is just as important as leadership.  I just wish we lived in a world where the gift of following was recognized and given value as an integral aspect of the Christian life.  When was the last time you highlighted the work of young people who showed dedication, humility and a servant attitude in their followership?

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Giving Up On Students

I’ve thought about writing this for a while, but it’s not particularly fun to write about some of my lowest moments as a youth leader. There have been times when youth have given up on our church and our youth group, and I’ve chosen, sometimes consciously and often subconsciously, to give up on them...

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Youth Serving on Council?

Our council is creating a council apprenticeship program for mature teenagers to serve on council as either apprentice deacons or apprentice administrative elders. Ideas? 

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March Madness

Youth Leader 101 typically notes that special events, like school, community or national sporting events, are often great excuses for getting students together. The NCAA basketball, known as March Madness, is a perfect example which also makes an outstanding community outreach opportunity.

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