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Youth Ministry is not the same as Youth Group

Almost 6 months ago, I got to inherit a great group of students by taking a new role. Our Youth Group has plenty of students that come every week, is filled with students passionate about growing in their relationship with God, and contains a large portion of students whose parents don’t go to church, meaning…

Songs to play before Youth Group

One of the most frequent questions we get in the YouthMin Facebook community has to do with music to play before and after Youth Group services. Here are 10 songs by Christian artists we are playing before and after our services that your group would love, too. We chose these songs because they cover a variety…

Poll Question 1: How large is your youth group?

As one of the contributors to YouthMin.org, I know that the heartbeat of this ministry is to encourage, challenge, and equip Youth Ministers and leaders to do more effective ministry.  We believe that Youth Ministry is the “front line” of the battle, and we value you and your ministry.  We want to make sure that…

Youth Ministry Game – Schism

Schism is a great Youth Ministry game for groups of at least 8. What is awesome about it is that even the students who prefer to just sit to the side and not participate in active games can have fun with this game, because its not as much about athletic ability as it is about…

Is Youth Ministry Killing the Church?

It seems about this time every year, I begin to see a lot of blog posts about how Youth Ministry is killing the church, how Youth Ministry is fundamentally flawed, and how students are leaving the church in record numbers.  Youth Ministry is always the scapegoat in this conversation, the sacrificial lamb to blame for…

Career vs. Calling: Making It Clear

We just wrapped up our Roundtable Tuesday and had a great discussion on Youth Ministry and the differences between Career and Calling. I wanted to follow up and write a little more about what I believe. Calling I truly believe that all Christ-followers are called into ministry. When you follow Christ he calls you to minister…

The Value of Student Activities in Youth Ministry

One of the frustrations that I hear many youth ministers talk about is the fact that their students seem more concerned with extracurriculars than they are youth group or church. I hear things like: They don’t value God or the church because they miss youth group. They think football is more important on a Friday…

Instagram Video and how it can be used in Youth Ministry

Just 6 months ago, twitter announced Vine, and I thought that was going to be huge for Youth Ministry. Earlier today, Instagram announced Video on their service, and I know this does change Youth Ministry. I’m so excited about the things that Youth Ministries can now do on Instagram, and it’s only been an hour…