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.
Teacher training - structure and tools for your volunteers - will set the stage for the care and nurture of the children and all people in your church. Together, your ministry will bear fruit for years to come.
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.
Engagement, that spark which leads to interaction and learning. Here are tried and true ways to plan and lead lessons that engage teenagers.
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.
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.
A youth events invites participants to experience hunger by fasting in a 30 hour famine. One church is on its 17th year of this powerful event.
Need good movies for church? 10 PG movies to watch with younger youth groups. Includes descriptions of each movie and why it would make a good showing.
Naming everyday situations with faith words helps teens articulate their walk with God. Leaders guide and model, helping youth see God at work around them and in them.
"I love that young people are in church, not for a specified purpose, but just to “be.” Just to hang out. Just to be bored. Just to poke around... They form…
A healthy adult sponsor team for your youth group will help your youth develop stronger faith. Here are tips for recruiting a strong team of adult sponsors.
Offering transportation allows all children to attend acolyte or choir festivals, day-long service and educational opportunities. Furthermore, traveling together allows youth to bond with one another in life-changing ways. Arriving at your destination safely should be a planning priority.
For a group activity that is fun and builds team spirit, try life-size Scrabble for Sunday School. Tiles are easy to make and rules easy to adapt. Enjoy!
For years it was a tried and true rule: no phones. But this year we asks teens to help tell a digital story. We are pleasantly surprised, and so were they!
Lisa Brown shares more of her wisdom on talking with teens about sin, grace, and forgiveness.