Tag Archives: teenagers

Think Globally, Act Locally: Exploring Missions with SIFAT Learn & Serve

It’s well known that youth often return from short-term mission trips with changed hearts and perspectives on the world.  And the effect isn’t only on youth: interacting with people in different cultures and societies can help anyone open their eyes to the beauty—and needs—of the people of the world. But what happens when your youth group isn’t able to travel ...

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3 Steps for Creating a Culture of Responsibility

I didn’t set out to be the children’s minister’s nightmare parent, but I became that person and it didn’t have to be that way.  Here is how it all happened: Our church’s children’s ministry was planning on taking a group to a huge preteen event being held at a nearby megachurch.  The registration flier said the early bird deadline was ...

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Annual Lock-In/Lock-Out Do’s and Don’ts

  A long time ago in a far distant galaxy I actually believed Lock-Ins were a great idea.  But after establishing the annual Christmas break Lock-In, each year seemed to be more of a burden and less of a God-inspired idea.  As a matter of fact I came to believe that Lock-Ins were really Devil’s Play.  Then I heard about ...

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5 ways to know it’s time to kill the sacred cow

Every ministry has at least one sacred cow. It’s the event on the calendar that is anchored to it’s date into the very fabric of time, impossibly rooted, invulnerable to the winds of change. It simply will not go away. And unless you started the event, you probably hate it. Even if it happens to be a genuinely valuable ministry ...

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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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How to Not Eat Pizza for 2 Months

Feeding the masses at your youth group gathering but out of fresh menu ideas?  Meal planning for a retreat?  Or are you looking for an easy menu list to pass out to the parents who graciously volunteered to make snack supper for the youth group? It’s okay to admit it – are you just plain tired of pizza?  Try these ...

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10 Quick-Prep Activities for Super-Small Groups

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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Can Youth Stop Bullying without Committing Social Suicide?

“If I was to ask everyone at your school, how cool you were, what would they say?”, I posed to my youth. One of my cohorts at ywmovement.org, Gavin Richardson, introduced me to the idea of “social currency”, last year. Social currency is the idea that anything our youth do or don’t do, either adds or subtracts to their social status ...

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saying goodbye well. or at least not badly.

It happens on occasion. It actually happens more than you think. Not every youth who comes to your group makes it to Senior Sunday. Some of them are easy to write off of your conscience. He was a visitor anyway. She didn’t ever really plug in; it makes sense that she stopped coming. This one just didn’t like worship music. ...

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New Game Idea: Paparazzi!

  Paparazzi Supplies Needed: Cameras for each person (cellphone cameras, for example) Guidelines: Stars can’t cover face, face the wall, and must be standing and moving at all times. You may use team members as barriers, but no one can touch anyone else (even teammates). No exchanging cameras. How to Play: Divide your group into two teams. Each team designates ...

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