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It Takes a Village and a Jell-O Dance (8/4/2008)
  Your congregation is full of gifted people, many of whom may have a gift for youth ministry. How do you mine those gifts to get the community involved? And where do you even start?
Building Youth Families (4/1/2006)
  Youth group is more than a mere social activity, it is a Christian community that many young people carry with them into the larger life of the congregation. Challenge yourself to be part of something great: A youth family.
The Power of a Hug (4/1/2006)
  In this short article, Rev. Terry Dittmer encourages youth workers to extend the kindness of a hug to youth in their programs.
The Fund Raising Beast (8/1/2004)
  Fund-raising is an essential part to any youth program that hopes to go "off campus" for any reason. This article provides some advice on keeping your fund-raising activities in line with the fundamental goal of your program: Teaching youth of Christ's love.
Lifelong (3/1/2005)
  A youth ministry program that develops a lifelong thirst for God gives youth the keys to dig more deeply into God's Word and develop a more solid relationship with Him. This article by Audrey Duensing-Werner provides insight into how you might go about making your program lifelong.
Community Building Help (4/1/2006)
  This list of activities are designed to facilitate family-building in your youth program. Have fun!
The Freshman Underground (3/1/2005)
  In this interview, Leon Jameson, Director of Christian Education for Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Charles, Mo, offers a peek at Immanuel's Freshman Underground, a new concept aimed at helping freshman make the jump from the Jr. High to High School youth ministry program.
Filling in the Holes (12/1/2005)
  When teens consistently don't receive adequate support and sense of belonging, the result is a disruption in normal development. Youth group can help to fill in that hole.
It's All Fun and Games Until the Youth Worker Pokes Your Eye Out: Why Have Fun in Youth Ministry (8/4/2008)
  What is the point of games in youth ministry? DCE Micah Steiner looks at ways you can use games, and members of your congregation, to connect with youth.
Holy Hoops Basketball Outreach (5/1/2004)
  Sometimes, Christians get into the habit of thinking of the church as a club for members only. This article discusses how one congregation opened its doors to the community using an open-gym basketball program, and how that program worked for the good of the church.
Mocha Ministry-Coffee House Churches (5/1/2004)
  In June, 2003, a group of St. Louis seminarians known as Christ in the City began renovating an abandoned church building, utilizing the service help of area youth, volunteers from the Concordia system, and ex-prisoners from the Acts 1:8 Mission Society Care Team. Outreach via a coffee house church is the ultimate goal, but outreach is also the means as Christ in the City seeks to touch a community with the love of Jesus.
Planning a Health Fair (10/1/2004)
  The care of our bodies is one of the most important aspects of Christian stewardship (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). One way to encourage this kind of stewardship is for the youth group to sponsor a Health Fair. This article shows you how.
Retreating to the Haven (5/1/2004)
  The Haven is a place of refuge for the students of Concordia University, Wisconsin, offering them the opportunity to to sing praises to God and hear about great topics geared toward young adults. In this article, a Concordia student offers his perspective on how helpful such a program can be to college life.
Intergenerational Youth Ministry: An oxymoron or the future? (11/6/2009)
  Consider key reasons why recent youth ministry practices focus upon separating the generations, key reasons for bringing the generations together, and how to introduce an intergenerational philosophy into your congregation.

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