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The Lasting Impact of Christian Summer Camp

Research shows there is something deeply significant and deeply theological happening at Christian camps across the country. Long-term impact

Building Faith Does Mission Trips: 5 Helpful Posts

Five posts on mission trips to make the most of your time away. Included are many ideas for connecting those on the trip with those who remain at home.

6 Ways to Build Relationships in Youth Ministry

Relationships continue to be at the heart of fruitful ministry, especially with teenagers. Here are practical ideas for reaching out to youth.

Confirmation: Hope for a Lost Sacrament?

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.

Mentoring: The Missing Key to Confirmation?

Relationships between youth and trusted adults strengthen confirmation programs and congregational support.

Holy Week Through the Eyes of Youth

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.

8 Questions to Ask Before Planning Confirmation Class

New research shows: Confirmation is vital for youth faith development and church vitality. Such a program calls for vigorous planning.

3 Things from Forma 2017

Forma 2017 was a huge success with professional educators, formation and worship leaders and researchers celebrating together in worship and workshop time.

8 Quick Games for Sunday School and Youth Group

From balloons to jelly beans, these games by Jolene Roehlkepartain will add a spark to your group, and actually help kids focus!

Looking for Sunday School and Youth Group Games?

Taking a break for a quick game or activity can improve focus, the key is being prepared with fun, structured, movement-filled games.

Youth Group, Teens, Smartphones… What’s the Answer?

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.

Showing Movies at Church: Do I Need a License?

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.

The 99¢ Advent Wreath

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.

Teacher Tip: Creating Lessons that Engage Teenagers

Engagement, that spark which leads to interaction and learning. Here are tried and true ways to plan and lead lessons that engage teenagers.

I’m a Youth Minister… and I Plan 12 Months Ahead

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

Mix it Up at Lunch Day

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.

Youth Group Lesson: Fruits of the Spirit

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.

Book Review: The Book of Comic Prayer

Author Heather Annis has created a platform for youth ministry based on comics youth draw in response to scripture and their daily lives.

Curriculum Review: TeenText

TeenText is a weekly, lectionary-based curriculum for grades 6-8 and 9-12.

Nourishing Stories: A Collaborative Art Project with Teens

Collaborative art projects fully engage teens. Experiential projects allow all styles of learners to shine, as different aspects require different skills.