How To

10 Hacks to Engage Teenagers in an Online Worship Experience

Anybody else experiencing a little digital fatigue? From Zoom meetings to online church gatherings to weekly family FaceTimes, the struggle to avoid becoming screen weary is real. But at the same time, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube metrics have been on a drastic… Read More

5 Digital Christmas Celebration Ideas

The Christmas season started early for me this year.  I’m writing this well before Thanksgiving, and you’ll already catch me listening to the glory that is Christmas music. I’ve even dropped my top 7 Christmas songs at the end of this post… Read More

Making A Tough Call

Have you ever had a student tell you something that left you wondering what to do next? If not, the day is coming. Lead a student ministry for any length of time and you—or one of your small group leaders—will hear at… Read More

Plan and Lead Your Own Retreat Without Burning Out

If you haven’t realized it already, as a youth leader, you basically have the best resume ever. You’re a professional social media guru, high school or middle school communicator, Tik-Tok-er, teen drama mediator, t-shirt designer, game announcer, herder of teenage sheep, volunteer… Read More

13 Ways to Prevent Small Group Leader Burnout

We’ve all had ‘the talk.’ No, not that talk. I’m talking about the one that is prompted by a volunteer catching you on a Sunday and asking if you have time to chat this week. You say yes, but you don’t want… Read More

How to Recruit Volunteers for Camp

It may still be freezing cold where you are right now, but as student pastors, we already have summer on the brain. Why? Because camp may be in the summer, but signups happen now! And that’s true for students and volunteering adults… Read More

Four Key Things To Know About Dealing With Students and Trauma

By Jess Greaser, Youth Director at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA I remember the moment my perspective on trauma shifted. I had been on staff at a large church in youth ministry for many years and had a toolbox full of experience… Read More

5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

By Jono Contestabile, Student Ministry Director at Crossroads Community Church in Westminster, MD I’ve always defaulted to the descriptor of “special needs.” The way I see it, or rather have come to see it after eight years of involvement in various special… Read More