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How Do I See Myself After High School?: A Sticky Faith Free Download Lesson

by Youth Specialtie Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentArticlesFree ResourcesHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolParentsProgramming

Many of the statistics you read about teenagers and faith can be alarming. Recent studies show that 40-50 percent of kids who are connected to a youth group throughout their senior year will fail to stick with their faith in college. As youth workers are pouring their time and energy into the students in their ministries, they are often left wondering if they've done enough to equip their students to carry their faith into adulthood.

The 3 Foundations to Small Groups You Must Know

by Laurie Polic Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentArticlesAdviceFeatured ArticleFeatured ReviewHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolParentsProgrammingResource and Book ReviewsTrainingYouth Worker Development

Small groups are not the end of ministry; they are the beginning. Many youth workers believe that if they can get kids into small groups, their job is done. But the real job has just begun. Ministry is about life change, and for this to happen, there needs to be an intentional ap- proach to HOW small groups will nurture and shape students’ lives.   Exerpt from "Small Group Strategies" by Laurie Polich

Waking Up From The American Dream

by Jonathan McKee Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentArticlesAdviceFeatured ArticleFree ResourcesHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolMovie Study GuidesParentsProgrammingResource and Book ReviewsTrainingYouth Worker Development

It was over a decade ago. The kids were young. Ashley was still in diapers. We attended a wealthy church where most of our friends had loads of spending money in their pockets. We didn’t.

Do Your Teenagers Know How to Pray?

by Kara Powell and Brad Griffi Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentFeatured ArticleHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolParentsProgrammingResource and Book ReviewsTrainingYouth Worker Development

In a recent gathering of youth workers, we asked everyone (ourselves included) to take thirty minutes in solitude to consider the following about what prayer was like as a teenager: What helped you come alive to God? What disciplines sustained your faith? What do you remember about the content, frequency, and rhythms of your prayers?

After the Altar Call

by David R Smit Posted in Adolescent DevelopmentArticlesAdviceFeatured ArticleFree ResourcesHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolParentsProgrammingTrainingYouth Worker Development

There are many potential mistakes that can ruin an altar call and negatively affect a teenager’s decision to follow Christ. And though all of us have made these errors from time to time, the good news is, we don’t have to ever again! Here are the seven biggest mistakes youth ministry leaders make during altar calls…and a few simple ways to correct them.

5 Ways to Value a Youth Ministry Volunteer’s Time

by Aaron Helman Posted in ColumnsArticlesAdviceFeatured ArticleHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolProgrammingTrainingYouth Worker Development

Your volunteers are busy people just like you. They have families and jobs and their own relationships with God. After juggling all of those things, they still manage to help you lead a thriving ministry. My guess is you want them to continue to do that for quite some time. The fastest way to drive away good volunteers is to waste their time. That's why you need to be intentional about making sure you don't.

Middle School Leadership: An Untapped Resource

by Cliff Olso Posted in Middle School

This year marks our seventh year of middle school leadership. Many students from that first class are now seniors in high school. It's awesome to have incoming freshmen each year with two years of leadership and missions under their belt, as well as a heart to continue to learn and develop. It has allowed us to take students even further in their walk with God and allow them to serve the Lord in some very dynamic ways.

What Lurks Behind Those Fish, Toilet Paper, and Pantyhose Games?

by Kara Eckmann Powel Posted in Middle School

Wild and crazy junior high ministry activities... and the developmental and theological reasons why they make sense.

Junior High Structure-NOT an Oxymoron

by Heather Flies Posted in Middle School

"I believe kids respond to whatever behavioral standard is set for them."