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Beyond the “You” in Youth Ministry

In 2006, Time magazine highlighted the person of the year as “you”.  The caption read “Yes you. You control the Information Age. Welcome to your world.” Today, much of the global culture encourages us to be even more introspective and more egocentric. The idea of looking out for number one, namely me, is almost a [...]

Vision for Youth

When Micah was 12 years old I could not figure him out. He was brilliant and energetic. I liked him but he was disruptive at our meetings. He did not seem to take anything seriously. After some discipline problems, he quit coming for a number of months. For me, trying to understand Micah was like [...]

Burning On Without Burning Up

“And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.” Exodus 3:2 Whenever I hear this, my mind paints a picture of a bush on fire. That though, is not the [...]

A Theology of Games

Leading games are a big part of what is youth ministry. By games, I include here icebreakers, learning tasks, and various activities of skill, chance, or endurance involving the young people in your ministry. Programs geared toward youth almost always include one or more of these types of activity and I have yet to encounter [...]

5 Ways To Avoid Conflict With Parents

Since it’s Buwan ng Wika in the Philippines, I thought you might enjoy this Tagalog post by Jon Singua (There’s a translation at the bottom if you’re not a Tagalog reader). Jon is one of our GYMN grads, he’s got a great heart for youth and is himself a parent of a teen.  Ilang paraan [...]

Striking The Balance With Parents

We’ve said it since that first day of our training: making parents our partners is crucial to our youth ministry strategy. That does not mean we abandon our role as youth workers but it rather means adjusting and making sure that our ministry is working alongside and not against the role of parents. In this [...]

The Hardest Part of Youth Ministry: Silence

Youth ministry by nature is usually loud. As a youth ministry leader you are most likely looking for exciting things to do for and with the youth. That is a great approach, especially for those non-Christians or outside the core group of youth. In addition, many of us as leaders enjoy fun and activity—nothing wrong [...]

3 Keys Toward A Deeper Youth Ministry

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” 1Cor. 3:6. In that sentence are three more important keys toward making our ministry grow deeper (see previous post if you missed it). I planted… One reason many leaders are frustrated with the growth principle in their ministry is that we may be using a growth [...]

Youth Ministry A Mile Deep

“The gospel has gone a mile wide but it is just simply an inch deep. I desire that it be a mile wide, yes, but also a mile deep.” says Nick, a youth leader in Kenya, of his region. I hope that would be the same desire for all of us who persevere in youth [...]

Beyond The Regular Youth Event

Your youth ministry probably has a regular event. It’s the thing that you do consistently on a regular basis. This could  be weekly, monthly, or once every three months. It could be a fellowship with all the youth in the church building or just a small gathering of believers at a home. The regular event [...]