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9 Tips For Teaching Students

Teaching students the Bible can be hard work, but it is simply too important a task for us to take lightly. We can all improve on our speaking skills and work to get better at reaching the next generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. In his leadership coaching material from 2012, Mark Driscoll shares […]

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A Plea For Theologically Rich Youth Ministries

Youth ministry has come a long way over the past 20 or 30 years. Fading fast are the models of ministry that were heavy on entertainment and light on truth. I am glad for this! There’s nothing wrong with having fun in youth ministry; in fact, I think it should have elements of fun. But we know […]

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Sample Youth Worker Job Description

Here is what we currently use for our volunteer youth workers as their job description. Feel free to take and use whatever you’d like! SPIRITUAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEERS Being an effective leader requires both character and competence. We believe having one without the other destroys the effectiveness of any leader. Competence is having the skills […]

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When Hurting People Speak Wind

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 disciple teens as best as they can. Because these articles are for people I know personally and meant […]

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A Quick Update On the Youth Ministry (September 2014)

I love what God is doing in and through the ministry of Bible Fellowship Church. Being the youth pastor here is a great blessing, and although there are always challenges that stand daunting, the Lord has been faithful and it is a great joy to see much fruit being borne. I wanted to give you […]

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Preparing a Youth Ministry Budget

As a youth pastor, one of the trickiest parts of organizing a healthy youth ministry is figuring out how to disperse your budget. Youth pastors have a reputation as people who are less organized and like to wing-it with stuff, but make no mistake – having a plan in place for your budget is part […]

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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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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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