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Not Just Your Typical Resolution (2/1/2004)
  Spiritual discipline is often hard to attain, but is essential to grow in faith and service to God. This article offers advice on how to best set yourself up for success when it comes to spiritual training.
Spiritual Counterfeits (2/1/2007)
  In our work today, we encounter hundreds of spiritual counterfeits hidden in the multiple assumptions made by the youth with whom we work. Dr. Russ Moulds provides some perspective on speaking the truth in love to those who have strayed from the confessions in favor of a more worldly view of God.
Making Spiritual Distinctions Detecting the Faith Conditions of Youth (12/1/2005)
  From experience, youth workers often know that the spiritual perceptions of youth don't line up well with a confessional understanding of the Gospel. St. Paul knew this too, which is why he provided us with assistance for making spiritual distinctions to assess where others are in their faith relationship with Christ.
Bible Study: Youth Faith - Biblical Text Messages about Young Souls (6/2/2004)
  This four-part study takes an in-depth look at the faith life of young people in the Bible, including Daniel, Mary, the sons of Eli (Hophni and Phinehas), and the rich young ruler.
Review: Spiritual Development: New Directions for Youth Development (5/29/2009)
Both ... And. Can All Youth Be Leaders? (8/31/2007)
  It's not a new idea. Student-led ministry has been a big concept in youth ministry for many years. DCE Jeremy Becker encourages us to carefully consider how much emphasis we place on youth-led programming.
Vocation 101 (4/26/2007)
  Derek Broten shares the steps he takes to identify and encourage the youth of his congregation who may have the gifts to become church workers.
Skit: A Group of "Youth" (2/2/2005)
  This original skit presents the "Peter Pan" of youth group, a guy who refuses to grow up in his faith. He doesn't want what adults have to offer, but the youth don't really want him around. What's the PlayStation-playing old-timer to do? And what ever will become of the annual sledding trip?
Coping with Real World Spirituality: Does the Center Hold (2/1/2006)
  God is not hidden but revealed in his creation and thus all are capable of knowing Him. But thanks be to Jesus Christ our Lord that He did not stop there, but instead provides a special revelation of His love and forgiveness upon the cross and in His Word. This article gives you the words you need to talk about the difference between God's natural and special revelation of Himself.
When Cradle Christians Get Rocked (10/1/2004)
  Those born and raised in the Church are incredibly blessed, but they face challenges when experience crisis or insurmountable regret. This article explores how youth workers can best help the cradle Christian whose faith gets seriously rocked.
Facilitating the Experience of Faith Part 2 (6/1/2006)
  Creating a safe experience for your group.
Facilitating the Experience of Faith (4/1/2006)
  Faith given by the Holy Spirit can be nurtured and formed through the experiences we have. This article provides a good way of thinking about "experiential ministry" and what it might have to offer the youth you serve.
Catechesis and the Equipping of the Saints (7/1/2004)
  Rev. Jason Dart examines the current state of catechesis in the LCMS and calls for a paradigm shift, encouraging congregations to better equip parents to teach the faith to their children.
For All the Saints (4/1/2005)
  In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer examines the current teen "trend" toward more traditional forms of worship.
To Compete on God's Terms (8/1/2004)
  God challenges all of us to run in His race and to keep our eyes on His eternal prize. In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer offers focus on what it means to run in God's race.
Missing Easter (12/18/2009)
  Easter is the Good News that Christ is alive. Don't miss it!
Free To Do What I Want (2/1/2004)
  What does freedom in Christ really mean? Does being "free in the Gospel" open doors to live whatever kind of life we like? Does it mean being free from spiritual discipline? Not in the least. Read this article for more.
Summer Trip Journal (11/1/2005)
  When putting together a major summer trip, consider making a journal to go along with the experience. This article offers advice on making that journal truly special.
God in Culture (10/1/2004)
  Many of the issues that confront the church today—and young Christians in particular—have to do with the relationship between Christianity and culture. Christian young people struggling with cultural issues will find the doctrine of the Two Kingdoms both liberating and challenging. It will also amaze them with the practical wisdom of the Lutheran confessions and make them appreciate that they are Lutherans.
Tradition (4/1/2005)
  In this article, Pastor Murray, senior pastor for Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, TX, considers the eternal benefits of the “traditional” liturgy, and offers insights into the mind of a youth who loves worshipping in the “traditional” style.
Learning First to Crawl (10/1/2004)
  Early adolescence if filled with many questions that can shake up a young teen's world. It is essential that this age group find identity in the body of Christ. This article shows how you might help.
The Value of Lutheran Campus Ministry (8/1/2004)
  In this article, Rev. Bill Steinbauer shares the story of Sarah, a lost sheep who was rescued by the Holy Spirit through the people of the Lutheran Student Chapel of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
People of the Book? Considering Islam in America (7/16/2007)
  9-11 was seven years ago, and nations remain embroiled in the Middle East, opinions fly and debates rage. In the midst of the dialogue, adolescent thoughts develop into more than just emotive reactions. Youth have had time to form real questions and are struggling with real questions that are rooted in their faith and can be addressed by God's Word.
Talking to God (2/1/2004)
  Prayer is both a corporal and a personal activity that links us closely with our God. But it is also a learned skill that benefits from regular discipline. This article offers youth some ideas about becoming more deliberate in their prayer lives.
Junior-High Ministry Programs (7/1/2004)
  In late spring 2002, and again in the spring of 2003, a group of leaders in ministry to young teens gathered to discuss the state of junior-high ministry in the church. Compelled to voice what they believed to be one of the most important yet misunderstood ministries in the church, these leaders composed this open letter to church leaders throughout North America.
Why? A Resource Kit for Talking to Students about Disaster & Tragedy (11/1/2005)
  In the wake of tragedy, youth begin to form real questions about the nature of man, sin, and God in the face of human suffering. It's time to share some real answers.
Veritas: The Time is Now! (8/31/2007)
  Students can lead the church now and for the future. Whether you are a loud leader or a quiet example, God gives you the courage to lead a life of witness to Him.
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.
Who Needs a Crystal Ball (10/30/2007)
  Recognizing that God's Word holds more promises about our future than we can ever imagine, we can be free from worry about the details.
Bible Study: Losers vs. Winners (5/7/2010)
  What does it mean to be a winner according to the world? What does it mean to be a winner according to God? This study looks at how our perceptions and our lives are changed as we are transformed by God working in our lives. This study works well as a series or at a retreat.
Before You Go (10/3/2008)
  Giving youth a spiritual foundation that they can take with them to college and beyond.
Youth Ministry Basics: Youth Led Worship (1/21/2010)
  Some tips on planning a youth-led worship service.
What-But It Isn't Lent (2/1/2004)
  This Parenting Point by Mary Halberg discusses many ways families can draw closer together during the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent.
Reaching Across Prejudice (5/1/2004)
  This Parenting Point by Mary Halberg discusses the problem of racism and teaching young people to reach out beyond social prejudice with the love of Christ.
Sabbath as a Cure to Busyness (7/6/2009)
  Busyness is a disease that infects us all. Sabbath rest is the cure.
Developing Spiritual Giants through Spiritual Disciplines (6/25/2010)
The Arts in Worship (2/4/2009)
  Tips and ideas on connecting musical youth with others in the church.
Servant Hearts in Middle School (3/29/2013)
  Middle school is a great time to teach youth to exercise their servant hearts. This article includes some tips on how to do it well.
Bible Study: In Everything (10/1/2010)
  Focusing on the verse, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6).
Developing Youth for Christian Leadership (1/29/2010)
  Developing leaders within a Christian setting begins with defining what is meant by Christian leadership.
Bible Study: Gifted (11/9/2011)
  These studies encourage young people to identify with a few spiritual gifts from a list of 15.
Apologia: Get Disciplined - Simplicity (8/13/2010)
  on Simplicity as a Spiritual discipline
Apologia: Get Disciplined--Fasting (8/27/2010)
Devotion: Overcoming the World (8/20/2010)
The Spiritual Disciplines (6/11/2010)
Spiritual Practices: Service (9/24/2010)
  I believe what we're aiming for, what God is sending us into the ministry to strive for, is to help youth (and even the adults in our ministries) become more alive, more aware of God and God in action.
Spiritual Practices: Service Bible Study (9/24/2010)
What Happened to Prayer? Teaching a Spiritual Discipline (10/1/2010)
A Lutheran Understanding of Discipleship (11/14/2013)
  a Lutheran understanding of what discipleship is and is not
WHO AM I (10/14/2011)
  Stewardship is an incredibly powerful antidote for WHO AM I because stewardship is a doctrine that is primarily focused on identity.
So, You're a Steward... (10/24/2011)
  When it was put to me as a way of life, as an identity that found its way into every bit of teaching and ministry I do, I was a bit overwhelmed.

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