Youth Ministry Leaders

  • God’s Plan and Purpose for Youth

    God’s Plan and Purpose for Youth

    There is an existential crisis among our youth. That is not to say that such a crisis is sudden, or even new, to this young generation. In many ways, this crisis is at the root of the...

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  • Spiritual Care for Students Delaying Dreams

    Spiritual Care for Students Delaying Dreams

    How long is your list of cancellations this year? Each month of 2020 seems to try to bring back one thing we lost and also takes away something many of us were looking forward to. A...

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  • Encouraging Youth to Speak Up for Christ

    Encouraging Youth to Speak Up for Christ

    I don’t remember much from my middle school years, but I do remember one song we shared in our spring choir concert that has stuck with me throughout my life. With summer close on the...

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  • Youth and Social Justice

    Youth and Social Justice

    Repeat after me: “Having been created in the image of God, all humans are equal in value, honor, and dignity.”  It’s a statement that I go over and over again in my theology classes. It...

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  • Your Youth Are Epic Warriors

    Your Youth Are Epic Warriors

    Who am I? What does God want with me? During my youth, and perhaps even still now, those were questions I constantly considered. After all, I’m just a simple human without a grand life...

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  • Creating Routine for Your Teenagers

    Creating Routine for Your Teenagers

    Our teenagers are not immune to the stress caused by the ongoing shutdowns due to the coronavirus. High school seniors have seen much of their culminating experiences canceled or...

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  • Subtle Sins

    Subtle Sins

    Growing up, I thought I was pretty much the perfect kid. Even in high school, I was always the good kid—I even got voted “Parent’s Dream Child” my senior year of high school. (Yes, I...

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  • Smaller and Smaller Churches: Evaluating Our Retention

    Smaller and Smaller Churches: Evaluating Our Retention

    My hometown church is small. It always has been. I started attending my junior year of high school, and at that time, it was already a pretty small congregation. But it’s smaller now,...

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  • High School

    High School

    Humans navigate various stages of life development. This simple, downloadable guide is designed to help you understand high school and learn about the life stage with benchmarks and activities.

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  • Middle School

    Middle School

    Humans navigate various stages of life development. This simple, downloadable guide is designed to help you appreciate middle school and learn about the life stage with benchmarks and activities.

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  • Faith Building Tips | Lutheran Life Spring 2019

    Faith Building Tips | Lutheran Life Spring 2019

    This issue of Lutheran Life shares faith-building tips for all ages and stages.

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  • Echoes of the Hammer Musical1:38

    Echoes of the Hammer Musical

    Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther. With witty dialog and catchy tunes, this upper elementary/middle school musical is sure to educate and entertain. Visit cph.org for more information: ht

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  • Skeptical Thoughts and Teaching the Answers

    Skeptical Thoughts and Teaching the Answers

    I can see how people might be skeptical regarding Scripture. I was, after all. At one point, I truly didn’t know much about the Bible, so the minute someone stated that the Bible wasn’t...

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  • Connecting Students’ Families to Church

    Connecting Students’ Families to Church

    Entering the back-to-school season, teachers have a great opportunity to reach out to the families in our schools and connect them to church. While some of these families may already be...

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  • Heather Ruesch “You Matter” Tour

    Heather Ruesch “You Matter” Tour

    “You matter.” It’s a simple, three-syllable phrase loaded with meaning. So meaningful, in fact, that Heather Ruesch, author of Sexuality Mentality, is touring the country talking...

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  • Making Goals for Your Youth Ministry

    Making Goals for Your Youth Ministry

    The end of summer and the start of a new school year is a time of great transition. Youth are about to begin new classes and are meeting their teachers for the year. Some may be...

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  • Shine: Your New Favorite Ministry Tool

    Shine: Your New Favorite Ministry Tool

    Summer is officially here. Now that school is out, it is a constant battle to keep the kids entertained. To all the hardworking, selfless, tired youth ministry servants…

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  • Supporting Youth Who Have Non-Christian Parents

    Supporting Youth Who Have Non-Christian Parents

    When I started going to church at age 16, church was practically a foreign landscape to me. Having been raised by non-Christian, non-churchgoing parents, I didn’t really know what to...

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  • Effective Youth Ministry Is Personal

    Effective Youth Ministry Is Personal

    When I was a seventh grade student, a friend from middle school brought me to church for the first time. My family had an adversarial relationship with God, and church was really far...

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  • Five Roles of the Church Youth Leader

    Five Roles of the Church Youth Leader

    This post is adapted from Connected for Life: Essential Guide to Youth Ministry and was written by A. J. Mastic. Maybe serving in youth ministry is a new journey for you. Perhaps you...

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