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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.

Slip n Slide Kickball

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!

Does your Church Have Benchmarks for Christian Education?

Christian education benchmarks provide consistent reference points against which formation activities can be measured, encouraging teaching and learning in the congregation.

Stock Up! Guide to Buying School Supplies

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.

We Invited our High School Youth back to Sunday School: And they Came!

High school students help plan and lead a bi-weekly curriculum rooted in the covenants of the Bible that stretches into their personal and communal lives.

Spiritual Fun with Dry Erase Markers

Little ideas can strengthen faith. Use dry erase markers to write Bible verses, faith messages, or pictures. Works for church, or on the mirror at home!

Praying Facebook

Praying Facebook is a way to shift our focus to the needs of others – making the cares and concerns not about us, but rather about the people who share theirs. This is indeed a prayerful practice and one that can bring us into deeper understanding and compassion.

Training Teens for VBS: 16 Things They Need to Hear

Teens make valuable contributions as VBS volunteers. But they need clear and direct training. Here’s what to tell them to keep everyone safe and having fun.

Christian Ethics from Hollywood? Captain America: Civil War

For Christians, the question shouldn’t be, “Whose side are you on?” but rather “How do we live into God’s call for us?” This post uses popular culture, the film Captain America: Civil War, to discover scripture and scripture to enlighten popular culture.

Why VBS Needs Teenagers… and Why Teens Need VBS

Teenagers volunteering for VBS is a win-win: you get enthusiastic helpers and a chance to offer them age-specific formation