Tag Archives: UMYF

10 Must-Have Ingredients in Every Successful Parent Meeting

Chances are if you’re in youth ministry, you are in it because you feel called and love working with youth, you relate well to young people.  What you may or may not have noticed is that those same youth are often dropped off by parents/guardians/grandparents* at the beginning of  your time together.  Those adults are, in fact, one of your ...

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Make new budgets, but keep the old

I’m facing an end-of-year crisis that’s so regular I should just go ahead and put it on my calendar. I’ve got lots of youth budget money left. I have lots left because all year I’ve been encouraged to only spend what I absolutely need, which is a bit of a trap because everybody knows you can do youth ministry without ...

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25 Fresh Christmas songs

If you are like me, you love music and the Christmas season is one that has so many traditional and great songs, you could make a playlist 100 songs long and have all good ones on it.   But the down side is everyone has the same list, and they put it on repeat from basically Halloween until the tree ...

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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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What can the Church Learn from Election Day?

What can the Church learn from Election Day? The gut reaction may be to say that there is nothing the church can learn from a secular exercise. The kingdom of God is not concerned with worldly kingdoms, and Jesus himself resisted that specific temptation in the desert, and has said render unto Caesar what is his. But rather than write ...

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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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Dealing with Controversial Topics without Getting Fired

I have been spending a lot of time recently dealing with controversial topics in the church as part of a message series I am doing in one of our adult worship services.  Though it is possible to get a lot of people interested, it is equally possible to end up with a bunch of upset parents, kids, and pastors.  So, ...

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