Youth Ministry Articles
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.
We believe that God has given us free will. Faith leaders should encourage conversations that recognize consent and routinely encourage autonomy of choice. Long-time youth minister Heidi Carter offers suggestions for how to hold these conversations with youth and young adults.
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.
A group covenant establishes the unique structure and relational bonds of a group each time you gather. The people, place, and purpose of a trip all contribute to the creation of a unique covenant every time you travel with a group of young people.
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.
“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