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They were amazed! This one theme struck me in my latest reading through the first five books of the New Testament. In the Gospels and the book of Acts, the words “amazed” comes up 19 times and “astonished” 17 times. Similar words like “awe,” “wonder” and “fear” come up regularly as Jesus was doing His [...]

Common Problems in Youth Ministry

We’re all at different levels spiritually—even for the youth in our youth group. I say this because we tend to place all our young people at the same level spiritually since they are all in the same age range. This often means we have one program for everyone. But consider Hebrews 5:12: “For though by this time you ought [...]

What Version Are You?: Extroverts, Introverts and Youth Ministry

“Our lives are shaped as profoundly by personality as by gender or race. And the single most important aspect of personality—the “north and south of temperament,” as one scientist puts it—is where we fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum.” says Susan Cain, who has extensively researched the personalities through psychological science, experience and even brain experiments.1 She [...]

Being The Hero

So there was David, in the valley, ready to face a giant and meet his destiny. “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of [...]

Overcoming Hurdles to Spiritual Growth

As a youth ministry leader you are always balancing the areas of reaching (evangelism) and growing (discipleship). Honestly, I have found that it is easier to focus on the reaching side of ministry because many times it is a one-time event or a decision made by a young person. The growing aspect can be more [...]

Of Love and Youth

I know it’s past February. So why is this article still about love? Well, I’m trying to address a problem. Yes, February is the most natural time to talk too youth about love and relationships particularly with those of the opposite gender. There is no problem with that, what is problematic is that this topic [...]

Celebrating The Mission

The new year is upon us and Christmas has come and gone but allow me one more look into that holiday. What has been most meaningful about your Christmas? The presents? Time with family? Is Christmas a celebration? Is it a mission? A banquet of food? If the word “mission” strikes you as odd in [...]

The Youth Leader and Prayer

We can get so busy we forget to pray.1 Youth leaders are a practical bunch and we love to come up with results (some of us can fill the entire day working on, thinking of and doing things for youth ministry). But in our practicality, when we have a goal to reach, or a problem to [...]

The Value of Evaluation

There’s this point we’ve emphasized in our training. One of possibly no use to you in the seminar but of much use now. The statement is: “Unevaluated goals are useless.”1 Consider this surprising information on doctors: Who would you be more likely to trust for advice? The silver-haired doctor or the one fresh out of [...]

“Facebook = Fellowship” ?

Facebook and youth ministry go hand in hand these days. There is no doubt that youth and the leaders (as well as their parents) are most probably using Facebook. So as those highly invested in the lives of youth it is critical that we think about this Facebook phenomenon (we are focusing on Facebook here, [...]