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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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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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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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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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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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Why Youth Leaders on a Church Staff are Important Investments

Let me start out by saying my wife and I were volunteer youth leaders for 15 years. But I do think that our church made a mistake in asking for volunteer youth leaders, rather than investing money and resources in staff. I think it implied to many youth that they were not as important as “adults” in the church.

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Youth Leader Accountability

I wonder how many youth leaders are in accountability groups.  I would suggest that if you are a youth leader and you are not in an accountability group, you consider doing so.  It’s a very personal decision. I can only tell you that I have been blessed and improved by my group.

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Losing Youth in Our Churches

This is a topic that’s discussed in consistories/councils, by congregations, Synods, and pretty much anywhere there are church-going folks or church leaders hanging out.  I don’t expect to solve the challenge in a short blog, but I think youth leaders might have a different perspective than many in the church.

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New Year's Resolution - Seek God's Face

Yeah, I know that we, as youth leaders, parents, students, Christ-followers, strive to seek God’s face constantly.  That’s good.  Keep that up.  I just figured that in this first week of a new year, it might be good to push all of the “stuff” out of your head and just simply listen to God.

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R U Txtng w/ Ur Yth Grp?

For some of us who are, well, not so young, there was no texting 10 years ago. For younger leaders, texting has been a part of your lives for much of the past few years. In either case, I wonder if you are using text messages to communicate with your youth group and if not, why not?

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Measuring Youth Leader Success

I’ve got a friend who feels a lot of pressure to increase participants in youth group and roll out consistently high numbers of profession of faiths among their church young people. Really?  So this is how we measure performance for a youth leader?

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Connecting Youth with Shut-ins

Most years, the most successful youth group event was the night when we visited shut-ins in our congregation.  It might not have been the most popular youth event going in to the activity, but it was always the best as the night ended. If you haven’t done this, you gotta give it a try.

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