When young people feel seen and heard, their faith readiness becomes apparent. Valued, confirmands become engaged in authentic community where deep examination of belief and practice matter. Such a dynamic climate sustains a confirmation program, strengthens the host congregation, and retains youth after they are confirmed. The data shows that teenagers are already motivated to participate.
Relationships between youth and trusted adults strengthen confirmation programs and congregational support.
Holy Week is a time to invite, to encourage, and to propose. Consider with the ways in which twenty-first century discipleship calls us to the cross.
New research shows: Confirmation is vital for youth faith development and church vitality. Such a program calls for vigorous planning.
Forma 2017 was a huge success with professional educators, formation and worship leaders and researchers celebrating together in worship and workshop time.
From balloons to jelly beans, these games by Jolene Roehlkepartain will add a spark to your group, and actually help kids focus!
Taking a break for a quick game or activity can improve focus, the key is being prepared with fun, structured, movement-filled games.
Ministry leaders have an opportunity to take what the common tools of technology in our culture to be a reminder of Christ’s presence with us.
So you want to show movies at church, but what about copyright? You DO need permission or a license. What you need to know, and sources to get a license.
With a handful of items, you or our church can make a small Advent wreath, perfect for a bedside table or desk. Truly an object of devotion for the season.
Engagement, that spark which leads to interaction and learning. Here are tried and true ways to plan and lead lessons that engage teenagers.
Pre-planning allows youth ministers to create and develop rich patterns of intentional discipleship, and it allows them to do this as a community, collaborating with both the mission and vision of the church, as well as the specific heart’s desires of the youth group community
The premise of Mix It Up at Lunch Day is simple: take a different seat for lunch. By doing so, students experience an inclusive and welcoming community and schools can start to work towards building that community.
Why does Paul list fruits of the Spirit? Why not vegetables? Because fruit have visible seeds and caring for a seed makes a useful analogy to caring for our fruits of the spirit.
Author Heather Annis has created a platform for youth ministry based on comics youth draw in response to scripture and their daily lives.
TeenText is a weekly, lectionary-based curriculum for grades 6-8 and 9-12.
Collaborative art projects fully engage teens. Experiential projects allow all styles of learners to shine, as different aspects require different skills.
Slip n Slide Kickball – kiddie pools, plastic sheeting, and water – is a refreshing way to finish up your summer or kick off a new season of youth group!
Christian education benchmarks provide consistent reference points against which formation activities can be measured, encouraging teaching and learning in the congregation.
Whether you need school supplies for Sunday school, youth ministry, school, or home, this guide will help you save money, and get the best items.