The Gospel of Luke is filled with powerful teaching and exciting parables. Teens and youth can get in on the fun as well. Mindy Boynton offers teaching tips and ways to engage your youth group with Luke.
There is no one “perfect” way to plan youth group, but these seven tips – along with a year long calendar published well in advance – help create the consistency needed for building trust and connections to explore faith together.
"Even young people who said their parents had first 'forced' them to acolyte expressed a newfound connection to worship and an enthusiasm for being at church." Acolytes = Leaders…
When churches meet teens where they are, support and love have strong impacts. Four approached for stressed out youth, from empower to advocating.
From announcements, to meeting times, to checking in for prayer - youth ministers need a way to reach the teens they serve. Webinar recording and resources. Big picture topics to practical strategies and tools.
Relationships continue to be at the heart of fruitful ministry, especially with teenagers. Here are practical ideas for reaching out to youth.
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.
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.
From balloons to jelly beans, these games by Jolene Roehlkepartain will add a spark to your group, and actually help kids focus!
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.
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
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.
Resources and links compiled by Building Faith on bullying.
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!
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.