Youth Ministry

If you miss teenagers, you miss the movement.

There's a lot of talk in denominational leadership circles today about the need for more church plants and a stronger...
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Christians aren’t called to pull weeds but to sow seeds!

“Jesus told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. The owner’s servants came to him

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Effective Preaching

5 ways to ruin a sermon

From the first time I read Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson when I was twelve years old, I have made it my quest to be the best preacher I could be for the glory of God. By his grace, I’ve been able to preach thousands of sermons to millions of teenagers and adults all across

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Youth Leader Tips

5 simple ways to make camp much more impacting for your teens this summer!

I’ll never forget going to camp for the first time. Although I was only eleven years old I sweet-talked the youth leaders of our church into letting me attend the Junior High camp. We took an unairconditioned school bus from Denver, Colorado to Hollywood, Florida in August. That camp experience changed my life and forged

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Youth Ministry

Can you pass The Timothy Test?

“But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5 Toward the end of the Apostle Paul’s final letter he gave his younger protege, Timothy, four challenges. I’ve come to nickname these challenges “The Timothy Test.” These four challenges

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Encouragement for Youth Leaders

10 Rock Solid Reasons you Should NOT Quit Youth Ministry

I talk to youth leaders all the time. From Pentecostal to Presbyterian, from coast to coast, from urban to suburban, God has blessed me to be in front of all kinds of youth leaders from all kinds of backgrounds on a pretty consistent basis. Some of the time I’m counseling them. Other times I’m consoling

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Take the #OneADayChallenge in May!

Social Media is full of challenges. Years ago there was the #IceBucketChallenge that was used to raise awareness about ALS. It was an internet sensation that was wildly successful. More recently there was the #75Hard Challenge that calls couch potatoes to get up, eat well and work out intensely twice a day for 45 minutes

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Discipleship and Following Jesus

Gone Fishing (or, why evangelism is the best pastime ever!)

When Jesus invited his followers to become a part of his inner circle he told them, “Come follow me and I will send you out to fish for people” Matthew 4:19. At the core of Jesus call to discipleship was evangelism. That’s what fishing for people means. If you’ve ever gone fishing you know that

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