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Program Assessment: Reinvent...Discard...Stay the Course (2/12/2010)
  You've made a long-range plan for your ministry, but a couple years later things aren't going they way you'd hoped. So what do you do now? Start over? Tweak the original plan? Or just wait things out?
Organizing Youth-led Drama (6/1/2005)
  Dramatic activities can greatly enhance many different forms of youth programming. In this article, learn some of the easiest ways to get your youth on the stage.
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.
Church Spun Retreats (5/7/2010)
  What if a prepackaged retreat doesn't fit your group's needs? Consider starting from scratch and developing a home spun retreat to extend the church's mission and directly meet the needs of the youth.
A 20-Somethings Top 10 (6/1/2006)
  Building a Young Adult program that works.
Praise an Audience of One (4/1/2005)
  Powerhouse is the youth-let worship service held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Mo. This article provides tips and focus for those interested in beginning a youth-led worship service in their congregations.
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.
A Young Adult Perspective on Young Adult Ministry (8/1/2004)
  Young adult programming continues to be a hot topic among youth workers. This article discusses what one young adult thinks about what is currently available and her opinions on how best to reach those in the "young adult" classification.
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.
The Art of Liturgical Dance (6/1/2005)
  In this article, dancer/choregrapher Diane Wardenburg shares her interest in liturgical dance and offers some advice to those interested in using dance in their worship services.
The Young Adult Ministry That Could (6/1/2005)
  Starting a young adult program seems easy enough, but keeping it alive proves to be a challenge for Micah Steiner, DCE. In this article, he offers advice on what he thinks went wrong in his young adult program and what he would do differently next time.
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.
Jr. High and Sr. High Ministry: A Conversation (12/8/2008)
  DCEs Leon Jameson and Alaina Kleinbeck discuss ministry with junior high and senior high students.
Summer Must Dos (11/1/2005)
  thESource petitioned you, our community members, for your favorite Summer MustDo activities. Here's what y'all had to say.
Steppin Up (4/1/2005)
  Adam Caciano, a St. Louis native and senior at Kirkwood High School, does not yet know what God has in store for his future. But Adam is working for the Lord now as a member of a youth-led worship planning team. Led by their DCE, Jeremy Becker, the youth at Concordia Lutheran Church have been constructing worship services for several months. Read more to find out how it all began.
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.
Here They Come (3/1/2005)
  Youth ministry programming is a bridge from childhood to an adult relationship witht he congregation. After a young person "graduates" from youth group he needs to have the ambition to be an active member of the church for the rest of his life. This article is about how to help your youth get there successfully.
Lent: Spring Cleaning for the Soul (12/4/2009)
  Why we celebrate Lent, and things to do with your group during this time.
Advent: A Time Worth Waiting For (10/16/2009)
  Why we celebrate Advent, and a few things to do with youth during this season of waiting.
Missional Youth Programs (7/1/2006)
  Today's generations of youth, by and large, see a world in need of change and want to do something about it. This article discusses how you might meet their desire with a missional programming focus.
What do I need a BRICK for? Five Tips Useful to Youth Ministry (5/29/2009)
  Our own hope and faith is built on the firm foundation of Christ Jesus our Savior. I use this to carry over to youth ministry. A foundation is huge! And best if its made out of sturdy material.... I choose the BRICK. Instead of a pearl of wisdom...I present a BRICK of wisdom.
Skit: Thy Perfect Light (10/9/2009)
  A Christmas Drama
Skit: Born to Set Us Free (10/16/2009)
  A Christmas drama.
Let's Lead - Youth Leadership (8/4/2011)
  Youth are amazing people! They are capable of so much. Their energy, enthusiasm, and creativity is boundless. How can we capture those talents and put them to good and positive use in youth ministry?
Let's Lead - Volunteers (8/17/2011)
  Dividing youth volunteer tasks into more specific job descriptions can help your ministry by involving more adults.

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