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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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“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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Talk about Hell…A Discussion Guide

Is Hell real?  What is Hell like?  What really happens when we die?  How do I know if I’ll go to Heaven?  Is Hell like or unlike a junior high lock-in? When your youth want to learn about Hell, prepare yourself.  Let’s face it, on some issues, take gambling or the death penalty as examples, the United Methodist Church is ...

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Sneak Peek into the YS Family Room

I have a confession:  I love to lead youth through team building games and small group discussions, but when it’s my turn, I really hate being forced into it.  Am I alone here?  Games make me uncomfortable and I’m reluctant to open up to others.  I am a natural emoter (that’s just a nice way to say I cry easily) ...

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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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Nationwide Prayer Initiative Aims to Enlist One Million People

Christian Endeavor International (CEI) announces the launch of Pray31, an initiative to enlist one million people in prayer for America. Pray31 will take place during the month of October 2012 in churches and Christian groups nationwide. For 31 days, thousands of congregations across the denominational spectrum will be engaged in this highly focused prayer effort. CEI President Timothy Eldred describes ...

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“Pudding” It Into Practice

FELLOWSHIP FEAST NIGHT Here’s an easy and fun activity to illustrate Biblical community or to train your leadership that works with any age or size of group. What You’ll Need: Large round table Table Decorations (optional) Enough chairs for all participants Enough Dessert and Drink for all participants Cups, Plates, and Napkins Towels for cleanup Foot long pieces of rope, ...

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Kickoff Your Fall with Youth Disciple Online

Do you have youth in your group that are ready for digging deeper into Scripture? Is it a challenge to plan a Bible study that fits into your already-full youth ministry calendar? Do you have members of your youth ministry that would participate if only they had a transportation available? Or would you like to connect with another youth ministry ...

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3 Smart Reasons to Offer Youth Disciple Online

Beginning August 1, Youth Disciple Bible Study Online  (YDO) will be launched as part of a partnership between the Institute for Discipleship and The YouthWorker Movement.  This is a 32 week online course of the in-depth and popular Disciple Bible study tailored for youth ministry.  Ideal for student ministry, YDO has a flexible schedule that can be tweaked and worked ...

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