Browsing Category:Youth Ministry Help

oh-and-im-bisexual
A friend of mine was just at a family gathering talking with one of his nieces. He asked her how she was doing and she answered, “Great. Been going to school, working a lot… oh, and I’m bisexual.” How do you respond to that. . .like Jesus, or more like Grampa after he’s been watching Fox News for the...
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why-home-is-the-best-location-for-youth-ministry
The church was small, and they didn’t have a facility yet, so they had to meet in homes for youth group. "Had to." Interesting… years later they got a building, a youth room, big speakers, cool lights… and the effectiveness of the youth group dwindled. Was this just a fluke thing... or is there something about homes?
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the-secret-sauce-to-game-leading
Have you ever been leading a game and things suddenly…are just “right?” There is laughter, energy, and true play. Volunteers are building relationships and memories with the students. It is like magic.Have you experienced the opposite? A game that has flopped so badly you wonder if it would be easier to get the kids to memorize Leviticus?Game leading is...
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when-soccer-trumps-youth-group
You know the drill. You get super fired up for a student ministry event your team has been planning. Maybe it’s a trip, an outreach or even a weekly gathering. You talk to one of your key students about it, figuring they are going to be just as passionate as you are, but you notice something in their expression...
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top-5-fundraising-ideas
Those of us in youth ministry seem to always need to raise funds or get sponsors for something—camp scholarships, retreats, or financing our next mission trip. The question is, what is the best way to raise funds… and is there any way we can avoid doing another freaking car wash!Here’s the top 5 ideas I’ve seen and used from...
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what-do-our-youth-need-most
A kid in pain... do I craft a lesson around emotional pain and how Jesus can be salve for our wounds? Should I get him in a small group where he can dump his problems out? Or do I provide what he needs more than anything else at the moment...
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not-married-to-the-ministry
“So will your wife be helping in the youth ministry as well?” In any job there are presumably going to be unwritten and unspoken expectations. For many years one of those expectations in youth ministry was the “two for one” hire, where the spouse of the youth pastor would volunteer in the ministry alongside their husband or wife...
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