I love you, Lord…but I AM MAD AT YOU!

How to Be Angry at God

Are we failing the students in our youth ministry by teaching them to be too polite to God? I recently visited a different mainline church’s youth group program.  During the lesson time, the youth pastor asked the opening question, “What are different ways we can pray?”  The room contained a wide range of students from goofy 6th grade boys to ...

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Creative Idea: Easter PEEPle Dioramas

Youth Group Diorama

Got a youth group full of creative Peeps? Here’s a creative, hands-on project that is fun, makes Scripture come alive and promotes teamwork: a Peeps diorama lesson.  You’re familiar with Peeps, right? The colorful, sugar coated marshmallow candy we see at Easter each year?  Our church youth group put the Peeps to creative use (and ate a few in the process). ...

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12 Ways to Make a Youth Christmas Party More Meaningful

12 Christmas Ideas for Youth Ministry

Charlie Brown: I guess you were right, Linus. I shouldn’t have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don’t know what Christmas is all about. [shouting in desperation] Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about? Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas ...

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10 Quick-Prep Activities for Super-Small Groups

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

Can you have fun and learn about God with just a couple of people? Whether you’re a big church youth group leader looking to make things smaller and more personal through small groups, or it just happens that on Wednesday only 2-3 youth showed up, or your entire youth group qualifies as a single “small group” at best, everyone can ...

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Jonah: A Simple 4-Week Bible Study

 Jonah: A Simple 4-Week Bible Study Background: this is a “starter” Bible study to get Youth interested in reading the Bible on their own or with friends and/or family.  The goal is to spend only 15 minutes a week reading and then discussing the Scripture together.  The Youthworker should take additional time to read commentaries and notes about the Book ...

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“Women should be silent.” WHAT?!?

It was bad luck for the Baptist denomination that I happened to join my high school friend for Sunday School on the day they were studying the part of Ephesians that mentions women should be submissive to their husbands.  This was my first impression of what a Baptist church was about, and that word “submissive” did not sit well with ...

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We planned your fall for free

It’s that time of year.  Time to release your fall calendar, but you have let the planning slip away.  No worry, I’ve done it for you.  And the best part is that everything is free!  The basic schedule involves a lesson for Sunday morning or evening with a small group discussion-based curriculum on Wednesday nights.  Don’t worry.  I made sure ...

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Does length really matter?

How long should a series be in youth ministry? All year long? 3 weeks? 6 weeks? Best of 7? I have always struggled with advanced planning. Early in my youth ministry career as a volunteer I hated the perpetual roll-over of content and curriculum. If you’re averaging 4-6 weeks in a series, the moment you begin you’re already looking for ...

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Talk Tips: What to do?

This is one in an ongoing series of posts to help you hone your skills as a speaker either in an up-front setting or a small group. Sometimes lessons can have a great point, an excellent concept, but be meaningless as far as being able to be lived out in the lives of the students.  That is because in the ...

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