Youth Ministry Category

Should Christians Date Non-Christians?

Few things in life can bring more joy—and, conversely, more pain—than a romantic relationship. Since it is such a central and important aspect of our lives, we ought to consider how God has designed for relationships to work best. They were, after all, his idea. Wouldn’t he know what is good for us? If you […]

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Can Christians Smoke Pot?

With the stigma around marijuana quickly disappearing, and the movement towards legalization of not only medicinal but recreational use of it, Christians should be thoughtfully thinking about how they should respond to these trends. In the past, it was easy for Christians to denounce pot because it was illegal, and Christians are clearly taught in […]

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Canadian Teens: “I’m not the same person on Instagram that I am in real life”

It’s a changing world out there. The National Post came out with a new study focusing on the online lives of teen guys in Canada. The study set out to discover what the digital world is like for today’s young men. When I read the article (which is composed 90% of quotes from teenagers), I was […]

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Understanding Teens and Their Emotional Bank Accounts

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 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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The 10 Commandments of Facebook for Teens

Thou shall use Facebook as if God sees everything you do. He already does. Thou shall not connect with random strangers. The world is a dangerous place, and not everyone is who they say they are. Thou shall not spend more time on Facebook than with actual people. Nothing can replace friendships in real life. Thou shall not […]

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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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How Can I Know Which Movies, Music, and Video Games I Should Avoid?

Entertainment is big stuff these days. Movies, music, and video games combined make up more of our lives than most of us would like to admit. They really are the dominant forces in shaping the culture around us – for good or for bad. From a Christian perspective, how are we to handle all that is offered to us […]

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21 Things Every Christian Teen Should Do Before High School Grad

High school students: listen up! You are growing up in a world that expects very little of you and sadly does not challenge you very much to pursue personal growth. You are living in an entertainment culture (think movies, youtube, social media, video games etc.) that does almost nothing to help you develop skills, habits, […]

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How to Catalogue the Sermons You Preach

Over the course of a ministry career, a preacher is going to spend countless of hours reading, studying, writing, and delivering sermons. I am of the opinion that most sermons and self-prepared Bible lessons should be saved in a personal catalogue by every Bible teacher. A few reasons you might want to do this are: […]

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