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The Challenge (part 1)

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re spotlighting special needs inclusion in student ministry environments. Today's post is the first of three posts where Amy Fenton Lee (Director of Special Needs… Read More

7 Secrets to Multi-Site Student Ministry

Multi-site church is the only kind of ministry I know and over the past 10 years here is what I have learned from doing student ministry in a multi-site world. Read More

Parents Just Don’t Understand

By Ben Kerns In 1989, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, also known as Will Smith, produced a song titled "Parents Just Don't Understand".  Obviously in this song, Fresh Prince raps about… Read More

Strategic Service: Developing Service-Minded Hearts

by Nina Schmidgall As leaders, it is important that we are convinced that strategic service is truly an opportunity to be shareholders in the work God is doing through the… Read More

Best Practices for Using Social Media to Communicate with Teens

by Elle Campbell Okay, I have a little quiz for you. Check all that apply. Do you . . . Minister to teenagers? Minister to parents of teenagers? Minister to children who will eventually become teenagers? Have… Read More

Equipping New Small Group Leaders

by Jennifer McMillian Congratulations! You’ve recruited some new volunteers that you are really excited about. They understand the importance of relational ministry and seem eager to invest in the lives… Read More

6 TIPS ON SMALL GROUPS

By Josh Robinson I met with some key volunteers today as we discussed how to improve in our greeting and small group ministry. We had a great conversation about the… Read More

Volunteers Put The Relational In Relational Ministry

By Ben Kerns Every youth worker I know affirms the high value of relational ministry.  We all know that programs aren’t what matter most to students, and play an even… Read More

3 Components To An Effective Leader’s Meeting

By Ben Kerns Every week before youth group we have a half hour leader’s meeting for our volunteer youth staff. This is, by far, the most important meeting of my… Read More

5 Questions You Need to Ask to Build Parent Partnerships

By Ryan Reed Every person who works with teenagers, including youth pastors, teachers, recreation leaders, coaches, and so on, must critically consider how to build bridges into parent partnerships for… Read More

A Story of How A Methodist Student Pastor Renovated His Youth Room

By Julian Molina Renovation projects in the church context are never easy, but they feel especially complicated if you are a student pastor, renovating your student space.  Attempting to renovate ANYTHING… Read More

FAME MONSTERS: FOLLOWING JESUS IN A FIRST SHALL BE FIRST WORLD

“Children aged 9 to 11 now hold “fame” as their No. 1 value. Fame ranked 15th in 1997.” - Journal of Psychology Research on Cyberspace Youth workers, our job is… Read More