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Implementing a Purpose-Directed Youth Ministry (1/1/2006)
  Once you draft a youth programming mission and purpose statement, you will probably be eager to plunge in and start working. But after spending so much time and energy discovering your purpose, it is best to work to coordinate with the rest of your congregation. This article shows you how.
Give Me the Right Words to Say (3/1/2005)
  Apologetics is the study and practice of providing credible explanations for why Christians believe what they believe. This article offers advice in how you might arm the youth you serve with the tools of apologetic thinking.
Planning a Youth Service Opportunity (6/1/2005)
  Servant Events are an excellent way to teach youth how to put their faith into action. This short article equips you with the tools you need to create a servant event for your youth group or congregation.
What I Love about Senior High Youth (7/1/2004)
  Jeremy Becker, Minister to Senior High Youth for Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, Mo., takes a minute to share the blessings and unique privileges in working with high school students.
Teaching Parents and Youth to be Safe Online (4/11/2014)
  Teaching kids to be safe online isn't any different than being safe off line.
Tips from the Professional: A Life Among Pictures (10/1/2005)
  Young people are expecially attuned to images, an understanding that advertising has relied upon, good or bad, for years. This article offers tips from a professional on how to use images and photography for the good of your youth program.
The Corps: Working with Youth Ministry Volunteers (6/1/2004)
  Youth ministry volunteers often prove to be a great blessing to a youth program. This article discusses how to go about building a volunteer corp of your own.
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?
Digital Distractions (7/25/2011)
  Are your youth distracted from group time by their cell phones? Try this idea and let us know how it goes!
Good Youth Ministry Knows its Foundation (8/4/2008)
  There's no one way to build youth ministry...but good youth ministry knows its foundations. Dr. Jim McConnell explores the concept of good youth ministry and how you can evaluate your program.
Painting the Town the Colors of the Gospel (5/1/2004)
  In 2003, Faith Lutheran Church of Topeka, KS, hosted the unique, exciting Servant Event, Flowering Your Faith. At this Event, youth servants worked to construct large murals throughout the city of Topeka. These murals held a deliberate focus on the Trinity. Painting these murals gave youth a great opportunity for outreach, in addition to being pieces for outreach inherently. Read on to learn more about hosting a similar Event for your congregation!
In All Things-Teaching the Gospel Using Media (3/1/2004)
  Veteran DCE Bob McKinney has long approached youth programming with a media-mindset. His article provides impactful direction for using media to reach youth with the message of Christ.
The Stride: Ask the Two Questions (1/2/2008)
  Veteran DCE, Bob McKinney shares insights into lessons, both big and not-so-big that he has encountered in his years in youth ministry.
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?
Real Outreach: The Power of Oscar Mayer Outreach (1/26/2010)
  Free hot dogs give one youth worker a chance to witness to God's love for teens.
A Metaphor to Make Youth Group More Than a Social Club (7/1/2004)
  This short article offers a useful metaphor for discussing the importance of Christ's saving love with new and veteran member of your youth program.
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.
Ministry to One (6/20/2011)
  Youth ministry is person oriented. Read to find out what this looks like in one particular congregation.
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.
Real Outreach: A Little Church (10/27/2009)
I'm Straight (3/25/2014)
  How do we help youth identify themselves as children of God rather than by their sexuality?
A Feast Fit for a King (10/18/2013)
  Serve a feast fit for a king at Thanksgiving.
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.
What I Love about Junior High Youth (7/1/2004)
  A Jr. High student is a different sort of animal, and it takes a special person to "tame" him. In this article, DCE Jeff Meinz offers some advice on giving this unique age-group the spiritual food they need to survive.
Wax Lips and Gummi Worms (7/1/2008)
  What do you do when someone "different" comes to your group? What should you do?
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.
Asking the Scoffer to Leave (12/1/2005)
  What should you do with the kid that comes to youth group only to make trouble? The one that never shows any respect and distracts the other youth? Check out this article for one DCE's perspective.
Who is YM For (1/1/2006)
  Youth ministry programming is best reserved for high-school aged teens. Want to know why? Check out this article.
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.
Tackling the Tough Issues: A Guide for Parents (3/1/2006)
  Having "the big talks" with young people can be hard on some parents. We know there are many issues that must be addressed, but how does one get a youth to open up and talk? This article offers some advice to get the ball rolling.
Sustaining a Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry (1/1/2006)
  It is a noble thing to have a mission statement for your youth program that helps to keep your focus on the important things. This article helps you take it one step further in providing advice on keeping that focus on track.
Just to Say Hi - Helping Youth in Crisis (10/1/2004)
  As a youth worker, Christ has given you a tremendous opportunity to serve His young people on the front lines. Every now and then, the devil, the world, and their own flesh delivers such a tremendous blow to your young people that their stories leave you reeling. This article provides a few guidelines to help you know when it's OK to handle such trouble on your own and when it's better to steer troubled youth toward professional help.
Real Outreach: As Easy As 1, 2, 3, ... (11/24/2009)
  Here are some simple ways that you can say who you are as a believer and what you believe.
Jesus Centered Youth Ministry (6/24/2011)
  Youth Ministry is centered in Jesus Christ...given in baptism...nurtured through the proclamation and study of God's Word...strengthened through participation in the Lord's Supper.
From Where I Sit: The Challenges and Joys of Youth Ministry (11/12/2010)
  Terry Dittmer, director of LCMS Youth Ministry, discusses the challenges and joys of Youth Ministry.
A Whole Lot of Youth Ministry Going On (10/1/2004)
  In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer discusses how all our actions should be directed by Christ and toward the honor of God. That's what makes youth ministry fun, challenging, and ministry.
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.
Real Outreach: Peanut Butter and Jelly Missionaries (12/1/2004)
  "Grocery store evangelism" isn't something that takes a lot of training, or effort. In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer encourages youth workers to live their faith in the most basic of ways and in the most accessible of places.
Recruiting the Best from Among the Least Likely (6/1/2004)
  When recruiting volunteers, it helps to avoid assumptions and stereotypes. In this short article, Rev. Terry Dittmer offers some suggestions for moving past basic suppositions to get the best people involved in your youth program.
Real Outreach: Words to Define Outreach (5/1/2004)
  In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer offers a new lexicon for thinking about the tasks and joys of working in youth ministry programming.
One Family Matter that Really Matters (1/1/2004)
  The time you spend with your children is second in importance only to the lessons you teach them of Christ's love and forgiveness. This article by Rev. Terry Dittmer, originally published in December 2003, offers encouragement to all Christians seeking to give their loved ones that "perfect gift" during the holiday season.
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.
Congregation Based Youth Ministry (9/2/2011)
  Youth ministry is congregation based.
Community Building Help (4/1/2006)
  This list of activities are designed to facilitate family-building in your youth program. Have fun!
Team Ministry and Spiritual Accountability (2/1/2004)
  Regardless of how you serve in the congregation, it is helpful and beneficial to surround your work with people who can hold you "spiritually accountable."
Youth Ministry is Family Inclusive (7/29/2011)
  Youth ministry is family inclusive.
Working with Youth Ministry Volunteers (9/1/2005)
  Volunteers are more likely to stay volunteers if you give them meaningful work to do. This article offers some advice on plugging the best people into the best jobs.
Speaking the Truth in Love (11/5/2008)
  "Getting along" with the world is not a mandate from God's Word to His people.... Speaking the truth in love is.
Getting Guys (8/23/2013)
  Many churches have tried to stifle the wilder side of young men. Rather than stifle what is part of the male makeup, we are better off to channel it. Here are some ideas on how to do that.
Getting Guys Part 2: From Theory to Practice (9/5/2013)
  practical ways to get guys interested and involved in ministry and growing in their faith
The Power of the Modern Parable (2/6/2007)
  It may be difficult to figure out when or why to use media. One simple rule-of-thumb is to use your media just as Jesus used his parables...
Family Guy: Shaping Their Serve (3/3/2009)
  Providing opportunities for youth to work along side their parents and encouraging parents to be models in doing service together as families encourages a positive attitude about serving and increases the likelihood of them serving as adults.
Congregations Reaching Out (1/1/2004)
  When the opportunity to reach out as a church to your community comes knocking you can eagerly say, "Sure!" This article offers some proof of how doing so can be an enormous blessing.
Dating Abuse: Helping Those in Harm (3/1/2006)
  Dating abuse is a real problem for many of today's teens. This article offers advice on how you might be of help to those in trouble.
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.
How to Recruit a Game Person (8/4/2008)
  tips on recruiting volunteers to lead games
It's Your Serve: Preparing to Host Your First Servant Event (3/19/2014)
  This resource provides an overview of how to help your students serve children, youth, families and adults in your church and community and leave behind a "fingerprint of faith."
Servant Event: Top 10 Ways to Increase Financial Resources (2/24/2014)
  Top 10 ways to increase your servant event's financial resources.
Servant Events: Top 10 Ways to Make Bible Study Work (2/26/2014)
  Top 10 ways to make Bible study work at your servant event
Servant Events: Top 10 Ways to Build Community (2/3/2014)
  Ways to build community on a Servant Event
Servant Events: Top 10 Things to Remember After Your Event (2/25/2014)
  Top 10 things to remember after your servant event
The Joys of Youth Ministry (10/29/2010)
  What are the greatest joys of working/volunteering in youth ministry?
Servant Events: Top 10 Things to Remember Before Your Event (2/18/2014)
  Top 10 Things to Remember Before Your Servant Event
Servant Events: Top 10 Ways to Put Your Service into Focus (2/26/2014)
  Top 10 ways to put your service into focus at a servant event.
Servant Events: Top 10 Ways to Incorporate Adults at Your Event (2/7/2014)
  Ways to incorporate adults at your event
Servant Events: Top 10 Ways to Manage Risk (2/12/2014)
  Top 10 ways to manage risk on a servant event
Helping Youth Who Hurt: A Resource Kit (3/26/2010)
  Talk sheets, articles, and Bible studies to help you walk with youth who are hurting.
When Ministry Meets Play Station 2 (3/1/2004)
  The entire gaming world is not as bleak as Grand Theft Auto. This article discusses how youth workers can use gaming to make connections with youth, and how to avoid the pitfalls and perils that lie in the gaming world.
Advent Resources (9/7/2011)
  It's never too early to start planning for Advent. Take advantage of these resources as you plan events and Bible studies for the Advent season.
Lent Resources (1/6/2012)
  Resources for Lent and Easter
Girls and Guys Groups (6/1/2005)
  This interview with Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, St. Charles, MO, offers details about gender-specific Bible study programs. Immanuel's GUYS and GIRLS Bible Study Groups seek to share and reinforce that God has a lot to say about what it means to be a young man or a young woman, and that His definitions of gender make a lot more sense than those offered by the world.
Youth Viewpoints on the Power of Male/Female Teams (6/1/2005)
  Jordan and Caroline are active in the youth group at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Livermore, CA. Before Our Savior called a full-time youth worker, Jordan and Caroline had the benefit of being served by a husband and wife team, Dr. Steven and Dee Christopher. The Christophers taught Jordan and Caroline a lot through Bible study, but the youth also learned much simply by witnessing the Christophers' Christian marriage in action.
Youth Ministry Advertising on a Budget (10/1/2005)
  Advertising your youth program doesn't have to involved anything expensive or elaborate, and it's a really good idea. Here are a few ideas to get you on the road to local fame.
Veritas: YM is for Me (1/1/2006)
  Peers have a major influence on teens. This article offers one student's perspective on how some Word-armed peers helped to draw her back into the church.
Get Connected - Your Ministry Depends On It (7/2/2007)
  Technology has invaded every aspect of our lives and it's changing the way we connect with one another. Technology calls for a balanced approach. Ignoring new technologies that are available for ministry is a mistake. Equally obvious is that giving up face-to-face time with youth is a mistake. To continue reaching this generation of students, we must leverage this technology into effective ministry. Consider four tips to help you along the way.
Overhauling Your Toolbox: New Tools for Ministry (2/4/2009)
  DCE Jason Christ presents several new technologies that can help you in ministry.
Servant Story: Fumbling for Neighborliness (10/7/2008)
  Erin Faehling is spending a year working with the homeless in Wilmington, Delaware. She'll be sharing stories of her work in this new column.
Servant Story: Peace Among Wild Things (11/5/2008)
  Finding peace and comfort working with the homeless in Wilmington, Delaware
Servant Story: Lessons in Simplicity (1/5/2009)
  Notes gathered in retreat
Servant Story: Room for All (1/14/2009)
  As colder weather moves in, Erin considers the homeless and offers ways to help.
Servant Story: Everyday Possibilities (2/3/2009)
  Erin contemplates new beginnings and fresh-starts.
On Your Mark, Get Set...Now, Where's the Starting Line?: A Volunteer's Guidebook to Beginning a Youth Ministry Program (10/30/2007)
  Starting a youth ministry is a lot of work. Leading a youth ministry can be similar to running a race in which you have no idea where you are running or why you're in the race at all. Discover a few tips to keep your stamina strong!
How to Write a Bible Study (6/3/2013)
  Tips on how to write a Bible study for youth
Retreat Planning 101 (4/30/2010)
  The top things you should think about when planning a retreat.
Serve Locally (3/22/2013)
  Why serve locally? Why not?
Models in Relationships (4/14/2009)
  DCE Tommy Moll discusses ways youth workers often model unhealthy relationships, and how to change that.
Where are you going? (10/3/2008)
  Encouraging youth to consider church-work careers
Youth Ministry Basics: The Response to Bullying, pt. 2 (5/20/2010)
  What are the ways that we, as youth workers, parents, teachers, or pastors handle online bullying?
Responding to Tragedy (2/25/2010)
  How do you help students deal when tragedy happens?
Youth Ministry Basics: The Response to Bullying (4/29/2010)
  What is the role of a youth worker--full or part-time--when bullying is present? Can you prevent bullying?
Youth Ministry Basics: Senior Recognition (6/10/2010)
  As students enter college and step away from the carefully constructed boundaries of high school and youth groups, what are we giving them to help prepare them for that journey?
He Eats with Sinners (11/5/2008)
  Following Christ's example of loving the world.
Youth Ministry Basics: More than Dirty Santa (12/3/2009)
  Ways your group can connect locally and nationally to help the needy during the Christmas season.
Youth Ministry Basics: Youth Led Worship (1/21/2010)
  Some tips on planning a youth-led worship service.
Youth Ministry Basics: Living Good Stories (10/22/2009)
Youth Ministry Basics: Girls and Boys, pt. 1 (11/5/2009)
  on working with teenage boys
Youth Ministry Basics: Girls and Boys, pt. 2 (11/19/2009)
  on working with teenage girls
Ministry Teams: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (12/8/2008)
  In church work, particularly in youth ministry, ministry teams are prevalent. Whether they are short term or long term, professional or volunteer, there is an opportunity for youth workers to continually be working on or in ministry teams.
Building Local and Global Awareness in Your Group: A How-To (3/3/2009)
  Practical ways to build awareness of the needs of the world.
Youth Ministry Basics: Starting the School Year (9/10/2009)
  Top ten ideas to help de-stress your schedule
Tough Topics (11/5/2008)
  Guiding youth through the tough times and difficult topics.
txting 4 ministry (9/12/2011)
  While the quality of text communication is debatable, it is almost guaranteed that your message will be read quickly. Yes, these short bursts of text that are slowly taking all of the vowels out of the English language can actually be useful.
Using Facebook for Ministry (2/4/2009)
  Get an in-depth look at what Facebook is and how you can use it to enhance your ministry to youth.
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.
Lent: Spring Cleaning for the Soul (12/4/2009)
  Why we celebrate Lent, and things to do with your group during this time.
Value and Joy of Family Service (1/1/2004)
  This Parenting Point by Mary Halberg discusses the value of service and how families might deliberately serve together and thus come much closer to one another in Christ.
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's a Person to Do? Helping Youth with Drug/Alcohol Addictions (9/4/2009)
  Know when to get help with alcohol and other drug issues in youth.
Road to the Gathering: This Year! (1/31/2013)
Road to the Gathering: Questions to Answer (3/6/2013)
Road to the Gathering: Invited! (7/31/2012)
  You can be the person who invites the next generation of leaders in the church!
Road to the Gathering: To Fly or Not To Fly (12/19/2012)
  To fly or to drive?
Road to the Gathering: Registration is Not Over Yet! (11/21/2012)
  The priority window has closed, but registration isn't over!
Road to the Gathering :Pre-Planning (8/14/2012)
  Taking students to the Youth Gathering is something that you need to plan for many months in advance.
Road to the Gathering: Registration Tips (9/11/2012)
  Gathering registration tips
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': Is this Heaven? (4/24/2012)
  Wonderful weather means it's time to get outside!
Road to the Gathering: Oh, the Memories! (10/23/2012)
Road to the Gathering: Registration Made Easy (10/11/2012)
  The National LCMS Youth Gathering tries to make it as easy as possible on youth workers concerning paperwork.
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': All We Need is Love (2/23/2011)
  The Commandments are broken down into two basic things--we are told by God to love Him, and to love our neighbors.
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': Where Do I Start? (11/23/2010)
  "Strongly desire to serve, love, and praise God." Funneling all of your ideas into this statement will help direct you.
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': Time to Pray (2/29/2012)
  We can and should do a better job explaining and modeling the importance of prayer.
Road from the Gathering: Celebrate Good Times! (9/7/2010)
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': What Should I Do? (10/26/2010)
  So, living my life knowing and understanding that I am a saved and redeemed child of God, what should I do?
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': Ideas for the Cross (1/21/2011)
  It is so important to remember that as church workers, we should always focus on the message of the cross. Here are some ideas of ways you can do that.
Road to the Gathering: Family Fun Time! (5/27/2010)
Road to the Gathering: Don't Forget (6/15/2010)
Road from the Gathering: It's Not an End...It's a Beginning (8/6/2010)
Road to the Gathering: Fundraising the Fun Way, part 2 (3/9/2010)
  fundraising ideas for the National Youth Gathering
Road to the Gathering: Letters from Home (3/23/2010)
Road to the Gathering: Check your Mailbox & the Web Site! (5/5/2010)
Road to the Gathering: A Wonderful Gift from God (1/19/2010)
Road to the Gathering: How am I going to pay for this? (2/9/2010)
  on fund-raising for the Gathering
Road to the Gathering: Fundraising the Fun Way (2/23/2010)
Road to the Gathering: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (11/3/2009)
Road to the Gathering: For All the Saints (11/17/2009)
Road to the Gathering: Remembering Cory (12/7/2009)
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': Kidnapping the Eighth Graders (6/14/2011)
  Today I want to offer an idea that can help get your newly confirmed youth interested in high school youth ministry.
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': Ready for Some Football! (9/13/2011)
  Whether you are a big fan, a small fan, or not a fan at all, you can incorporate a little football into your ministry.
Road to the Gathering: Why are we Going Back to New Orleans? (10/6/2009)
Road to the Gathering: I Should Go to the Youth Gathering? Really? (9/22/2009)
Road to the Gathering: I Need More Help! (10/20/2009)
Road to the Gathering: No Lack of Talent (12/15/2009)
Road to the Gathering: Where Are You Staying? (4/10/2013)
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': Cans for Jesus (4/12/2011)
  Whether it's collecting cans for the needy, or another project or cause, we encourage you to get out into your community and help.
Road to the Gathering (9/8/2009)
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': Love Your Seniors! (5/17/2011)
  A very popular way we have chosen to bless our senior youth in our church is with senior quilts.
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': Time for a Retreat! (9/1/2011)
  We need to try to eliminate most of the drama within our groups before we can ever invite others into the group or go out and share Jesus' love with others outside of our group. Youth retreats can help!
Servin' Lovin' Praisin': Youth Group Hits the Town (10/11/2011)
  This year, we want to be intentional about going out into the community and making an impact for the Lord!
Snark, Crackle, Pop: Dealing with Divorce (10/12/2009)
  On Jon and Kate and divorce
Snark, Crackle, Pop Culture: Teen Suicide (11/2/2010)
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.
The Arts in Worship (2/4/2009)
  Tips and ideas on connecting musical youth with others in the church.
Cut to the Heart (9/11/2009)
  How to help the student who cuts.
Being a Leader Who Helps (9/18/2009)
  Tips for youth workers on how to help youth who hurt.
Danna's Story: A Journey Through an Eating Disorder (9/18/2009)
  Helping students who have eating disorders
Seven Tips for Reading Revelation Realistically (10/2/2009)
  Tips on reading and teaching the Book of Revelation
Take a Stand (12/1/2004)
  Many Lutheran middle school youth are participating in the Stand With Africa campaign, a joint campaign of Lutheran World Relief, LCMS World Relief and the ELCA World Hunger Program that supports African churches and communities as they withstand AIDS, banish hunger, and build peace.
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.
What's New in Social Media...and How it's Useful for Churches (4/15/2014)
  A brief look at what's new in social media, and some tips on how churches can use it.
Philosophy of Fundraising (3/9/2012)
  Is fundraising, or not fundraising, accomplishing the goals and purpose of youth ministry? If you have answered this question already, now is a good time to think about it.
Real Outreach: Reaching Youth in a Multicultural Setting (12/22/2009)
  Can we use the same strategies for reaching youth in other countries as we use for reaching youth in the United States?
Advent Gospel Dramas (9/2/2011)
  Through parable, fantasy or direct reference, this drama series is a way to capture the obvious and the subtle themes in the Gospels for Advent through Epiphany.
Betwixt: Six Phrases Every Teen Needs to Hear (8/19/2013)
  Teens hear a lot of words from us. Here are a few that they MUST hear.
Betwixt: Getting Along with Parents AND Youth (12/13/2013)
  Do's and Don't's on working with parents and youth
Betwixt: The Moments that Matter Most (4/15/2014)
  Sometimes the moments that matter the most to youth are the ones we don't expect.
Betwixt: How to (Totally) Sabotage Youth Events (7/17/2013)
  Looking for tips on working with youth? Don't try these things!
Betwixt: Learning the Kind of Leader You Are (3/13/2014)
  Listen to the counsel of the people around you to determine the kind of leader you are.
Suicide Talks: The (3/26/2010)
  A Bible study and talk sheet to use with youth struggling after the suicide of a friend or loved one, it can be used for youth wrestling with their own suicidal feelings, or it can be used for youth working through difficult topics they desire to know more about.
Betwixt: The Incredible Shrinking Attention Span (1/3/2013)
  Some tips on how to help kids focused.
Betwixt: Crafting Relevant Lessons (5/31/2012)
  My job is to know my students, to learn their struggles, and to come alongside and provide them with rich, thought-provoking materials and experiences that would fan the flames of their personal faith.
Betwixt: Expectations of Leaders (4/14/2011)
  One of the most important elements of my entire ministry, without a doubt, is my leaders. Without them, I'd be floundering alone in a dark, dangerous, and life-sucking whirlpool.
Post-It Notes and the Pursuit of Perfection (2/26/2010)
  Setting goals is a constant learning process--and it's no easy task. DCE Cassie Moore offers some tips on how to set goals and stick with them.
How to Help Youth Cope after a Suicide (3/26/2010)
  Tips for leaders, with common questions youth may ask
Real Outreach: Lost Youth? Reach Parents (3/30/2010)
  When you reach a parent with the Gospel, you reach an entire home.
Game Presentation and Techniques (11/10/2011)
  How to present and lead games.
Real Outreach: Seeing Youth through the Eyes of their Creator (10/20/2010)
  We're called to see all of God's children through a lens of love and mercy.
I'm a Youth Counselor! Now What? (5/9/2012)
  As you begin your work ywith youth you will want to identify and clarify the expectations the people of your congregation have of you and your task.
Youth Ministry Travel Pack (6/15/2011)
  Use this classic youth ministry resource as you plan trips and events with youth.
Let's Lead - Parents and Youth Ministry (8/24/2011)
  Parents are one of God's greatest gifts to the church, for without parents there would be no need for future planning boards, no need for Sunday School, and certainly no need for youth ministry.
Let's Lead - Liability and Legality (8/11/2011)
  These days, legal complications may rear their ugly head in the life of the most dedicated youth worker. It is helpful to know what kinds of liability you may have if you participate actively in youth ministry.
Cultivating an Outreach Culture (11/4/2011)
  A brief look at the values that serve to build an outreach culture in youth ministry.
Equipping the Young Saints (7/8/2011)
  Youth ministry equips youth to utilize their God-given gifts as faithful disciples.
A Part Of, Not Apart From (8/5/2011)
  Youth Ministry is a part of and not apart from the congregation's life and mission.
Real Outreach: A Visit to Drug Court (11/15/2012)
  I've been praying that He would open my eyes to the hurts and the needs of youth in this city--because it's my city now. This week, he answered my prayer
Real Outreach: Getting Friends to Come (1/28/2013)
  What makes it easy for youth to get friends to come to church?
Real Outreach: Event - Video Game Tournament (3/12/2013)
  Behind the scenes info to help plan your next outreach event.
Real Outreach: Back to School (9/18/2012)
  Meet kids on their turf - go back to school!
Real Outreach: What if it Works? (10/3/2012)
  Do you know the next step to take when outreach efforts work?
Real Outreach: What Are Your Stats? (10/17/2012)
  We all track our stats. But, why do we do it? What use are those numbers? What can we learn from statistics?
Real Outreach: Who's Teaching You? (12/19/2012)
  Are you learning outreach practices from people who are doing outreach well?
Real Outreach: Orphans (2/28/2013)
  Who are the spiritual orphans in your life?
Real Outreach: Vision and Goals (3/25/2013)
  Cast the vision, set your goals, then cast the vision again.
Real Outreach: Invite Them Back (10/31/2012)
  If you want youth to get more connected with church, don't leave it up to them.
Real Outreach: Wear Nametags (2/11/2013)
  How do you make it easier for first-timers to connect?
Real Outreach: Run After, So You Can Run With (11/28/2012)
  Sometimes you have to run after the kids to earn the right to run with them.
Fundraising for the Why (3/9/2012)
  While there is certainly theological basis for fundraising to further the sharing of the Gospel with all people, perhaps you wonder what you can do to better your fundraising efforts besides praying more. Although we would encourage you to engross yourself in prayer, there is more to fundraising than solely praying and hoping.
All Things New: Vacation Bible School or Volunteers Becoming Servants? (8/21/2013)
  Vacation Bible School becomes a great chance to see volunteers in action.
All Things New: The Challenge of Challenging Youth (9/19/2013)
  Youth are used to receiving challenges. So, how is the church challenging them?
Don't Forget the Word (1/22/2013)
  Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ is paramount for us as believers.
Risky Business (6/10/2013)
  an introduction to the topic of risk management and youth ministry
How to Plan a Servant Event (3/15/2013)
  Planning a servant event doesn't have to be difficult. Follow these four steps to get started.
Creating a Social Media Policy (4/1/2014)
  4 considerations when creating a social media policy for your church
How to Write a Devotion (6/18/2013)
  a few tips on writing devotions
The Christian Educational Music Video (2/4/2009)
  Get tips on how to make your own music video for your youth group!
The Christian Educational Music Video, part 2 (3/3/2009)
  A continuation of last month's discussion on making music videos for your group.
Boys Becoming Men/ Girls Becoming Women (6/1/2005)
  Boys and girls are different. Everybody knows that, yet when we plan programs for the church we too frequently act as if those differences don't exist, or as if they are unimportant.
Fathers and Sons (2/1/2004)
  Teenage boys are under a lot of pressure. To counter this, it is the Christian youth leader's job to model Christ and connect to teens, providing a healthy, firm example of faith and love so that they might know the truth that sets them free. But this is not an easy task.
Not My Student?! (9/4/2009)
  Help the student caught in drug and alcohol abuse.
When Tragedy Strikes (3/5/2010)
  A teen in your youth group dies, or some other tragedy do you deal with it? DCE Mark Novacek shares his story.

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