Eight Factors in a Successful Youth Small Group Ministry

170301student-meeting-library-teamSmall groups and youth ministry are subjects of lively debate these days. Is a youth Sunday school class a real small group experience? Should they meet on the church campus or in homes? Should they be co-ed or same sex? Should they all study the same curriculum or be allowed to pick their own? Should they meet all year round or take the summer off?

While these are all good questions worth thinking about, the truth is that none of these are the factors that most contribute to a successful youth small group ministry. Continue reading “Eight Factors in a Successful Youth Small Group Ministry”

The Circus and Reaching Students with the Gospel?

161228circus-souvenirs-toysAs a kid, I always loved going to the circus! It was an annual event for my family. Now, even though I’m a “grown up,” it’s still fun!

Several years ago, I noticed something interesting about the circus and their intentional marketing efforts. They are really great at displaying and selling us their souvenirs. As soon as you arrive outside the arena, you are encouraged to buy a circus program. Just inside the doors, sales tables sparkle with toys, stuffed animals, illuminated swords and gadgets. Continue reading “The Circus and Reaching Students with the Gospel?”

Five Steps to Help Students Share Their Faith

161019youth-students-happy-jumping1. Teach your youth group to pray for their unsaved friends.

Praying by name for lost students is a must. When teenagers embrace the power of prayer, they are transformed into servants who continually look to see where God is at work. Teenagers begin to see their friends from a completely different perspective. Through prayer, God reveals to us those who are seeking him. Through prayer, teenagers become sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit and daily look for opportunities to witness as God guides. Teach your teenagers now how to pray for their unsaved friends and family. Continue reading “Five Steps to Help Students Share Their Faith”

Celebrate Baptism With Students!

160817baptism-water-woman-silhouetteAs you think about your youth ministry, why not plan a youth baptism celebration? Are there students in your youth ministry who have made salvation decisions but have not been baptized? Are there students who have been putting baptism off for whatever reason?

A youth baptism celebration – held in the church baptistery, a swimming pool, lake, a horse water trough, or a river – can energize your youth group and the entire church! Be sure to invite the entire church family to be a part – and of course the families of all the students that you will baptize. Continue reading “Celebrate Baptism With Students!”

Five Steps to Preparing a Youth Bible Study That Impacts Students’ Lives

160601bible-study-young-peoplePreparing to teach the Bible to students is a great responsibility and privilege! The most important part of any youth Bible study lesson is the time you spend preparing. We must teach out of the overflow of what God is teaching us.

Here are five steps that will help you prepare for next Sunday’s lesson: Continue reading “Five Steps to Preparing a Youth Bible Study That Impacts Students’ Lives”