Practical Youth Ministry

Starting a Conversation about…Anxiety

It is no secret that young people today are anxious. One out of three teens wrestles with anxiety to some extent, a statistic that has increased significantly in the last decade. This conversation starter is designed to help youth leaders open up a conversation about anxiety and how our faith and our faithful community can support and show God’s love to those who may be struggling.

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“Can’t Walk Away from Jesus”: Supporting Youth who are Wresting with Church Teachings

It can be difficult when youth express how questions and struggles with belief or with the church. It is worth the time and energy to walk alongside these youth as they ask questions. This article talks about how we can be those people in times when you are struggling with faith and the church.

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Mind the (Age) Gap: Joys and Challenges of Combined Junior and Senior High Ministries

Many youth leaders, especially in recent years, find themselves faced with the task of combining younger and older student groups. This article is going to explore some of the benefits and pitfalls you might face when leading youth ministry with both Jr. High and High School together!

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Loving Youth When Transitions Are Vulnerable

As youth leaders, we know that transitions can be vulnerable. We should not be passively waiting on the other side of the transition, the new phase of life, hoping that they make through with their faith. This article talks about how to walk with them through the valley, through the newness, through the changes and connect them to the God who does not change, who is always faithful.

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Solo, but Not Alone: Blessings and Burdens of Being Single in Youth Ministry Leadership

As a single adult serving in ministry, you experience both blessings and benefits in serving youth ministry, provided appropriate boundaries and cautions are followed. We do not know what the Lord ultimately has planned for our futures, but this article reminds us God calls us to serve as whole and complete in Christ, regardless of our relationship status.

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