Youth Ministry Category

Self-Injury Part 5 – The Addictive Nature of Self-Injury

Disclaimer – I write “Leadership Moments” for the volunteers at my church who work in the youth ministry. Each Leadership Moment is meant to equip the everyday youth worker with the knowledge and skills they need to help teens as best as they can. Because these articles are for people I know personally and meant […]

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Make a Memory (Game Idea)

Once a year we have an event called “Make a Memory”. The idea – you guessed it! – is to have an event that the students will always remember. Those kind of events are so valuable for helping students connect to one another and build relationships. It’s so much fun hearing the inside jokes that […]

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Self-Injury Part 4 – Why Do Kids Self-Injure?

Disclaimer – I write “Leadership Moments” for the volunteers at my church who work in the youth ministry. Each Leadership Moment is meant to equip the everyday youth worker with the knowledge and skills they need to help teens as best as they can. Because these articles are for people I know personally and meant […]

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Top 10 Rules for Small Group Discussion

One of the things we do at our midweek youth meetings is break into small groups after the teaching time for discussion and prayer. Here is a top 10 list I put together for my youth leaders to help them make the most of small group time. The leader must facilitate. All groups have different […]

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Cupcake Day & Discussion Recap

Every Thursday I visit one of our local high schools to help run a student ministry called ISCF (Inner School Christian Fellowship). For the last three years we have put on an event called Cupcake Day where, during lunch, we give away hundreds of free cupcakes to the students and staff. This past Tuesday we […]

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The Power of an Organized Youth Leader

This post also appears on the great youth ministry blog morethandodgeball.com. ———————– One of the joys of working with youth is how spontaneous and creative the ministry can be. It feels so free flowing and easy going. Most youth pastors cherish this aspect of the ministry, but there is another side that a lot of […]

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Gimme Five…

Gimme Five is one of my favourite youth ministry games because it is so simple and the kids really get into it. First, you divide the students into teams of 3 or 4 and give each team a pen and pad of sticky paper. Then, you yell out various categories (such as “Gimme five kinds […]

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How relevant is the gospel in North American culture?

We sometimes hear people use the language of making the gospel relevant. Christians know already that the gospel is relevant to all people whether they realize it or not. Evangelism is not making the gospel relevant, but rather showing people how the gospel is already relevant to their lives. There’s no debating this. So the […]

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