Youth Ministry Category

Hit the “Backspace” Button

There is great power in our words. What we say can make a great difference in the lives of others – for good or for bad. In fact, one of the most discussed subjects in the Bible is how people use their words. Consider just a few samples: Death and life are in the power […]

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4 Practical Tips for Better Sermon Deliveries

Many people know that communication is partly non-verbal; a person’s mannerisms, facial expressions, and body language can covey a message just as clearly (sometimes more so) than the actual words they are speaking. While preaching cannot be compared in all respects to public speaking, it is still a form of it, and we preachers would […]

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Teen Guys

With New Year’s Day just around the corner, here are a few resolutions for teen guys to consider making. I will stop playing video games / surfing the internet until the wee hours of the night…then skipping school or church the next day because I’m “sick”. I will commit to reading my Bible (even if […]

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Thinking of Home Like a Foreign Mission Field

In North America, we are fond of sending missionaries overseas. Nothing gets a church fired up like sending people on short or long-term mission trips. But anyone who has participated in cross-cultural missions knows that it is not easy. There is a lot of preparation that makes missionary work successful. Learning a new language, studying […]

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The Battle Against Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue, according to Wikipedia, was first recognized as a medical condition in the 1950’s. It is essentially the gradual lessening of compassion a person has towards those in need. It happens most often in people who are professional caregivers in some sense: doctors, nurses, first responders, counsellors, and even ministry leaders. The way compassion […]

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Mark Driscoll and Pastoral Plagiarism

Jeremiah 23:30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who steal my words from one another. Mark Driscoll is making controversial headlines…again. This time, the accusations against the Seattle-area pastor are new: charges of plagiarism. There are a number of news articles covering the story as it unfolds, but in case you […]

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Who Are You When No One is Looking?

In one of my favourite books on Christian leadership,¬†Leaders Who Last,¬†author Dave Kraft says that godly, effective leadership requires three things: calling, character and competence. Assuming that you are an individual called to leadership in some form (I have in mind right now volunteer youth leaders), the latter two areas always have room for growth. […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Freaking Out That Young People Are Leaving the Church

I hear about it and read about it all the time: young people are leaving the church. Usually the language used is meant to create some sort of panic among Christians. It’s said that there is a “mass exodus” and a “sharp decline” among faith in young people. They leave “never to return” and because […]

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No Superstars Allowed!

What makes someone a great youth leader? How you answer that question will make a great deal of difference in determining how healthy a youth ministry is. One of the most common perceptions of a great youth worker is what I would call the “superstar” mentality. A superstar youth worker is one who has a […]

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Why “Be Who You Are” is Not Always Good Advice

The culture of youth is interesting to observe. As a youth pastor, I get to see it up close and personal. One of the things I see a lot is teenagers taking a stand against outside pressures. The world they are growing up in is overwhelmingly dominated by media and marketing. The constant message of […]

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