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The purpose of youth ministry is to foster the personal development of faith, theology and relationships for young people ages 6th-12th grades. This can be achieved through a variety of activities, programs, resources and relationships.

Hallmarks of Effective Ministry

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  • Devote financial and human resources as a priority to nurture your young people.
  • Equip youth to use their faith as a lens for making life plans and decision-making.
  • Incorporate young people into congregational leadership and the planning process.

Small Changes, Big Impact

You can make subtle changes to integrate youth into the fabric of your congregation. Recruit adults to connect with the youth and build intergenerational relationships. Assign meaningful and appropriate roles of responsibility. These responsibilities could be mowing the lawn, assisting in worship...

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Delve Deeper

Looking to refresh your youth ministry approach? Take a look at Mark DeVries’ book Sustainable Youth Ministry.

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Mark DeVries, founder of Youth Ministry Architects, gives congregations struggling with youth ministry new hope and careful direction. He begins with a statement of the problem often found in youth...

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Meaningful youth ministry that transforms lives in today’s world requires constant assessment and ability to make adjustments that meet real-time challenges. The adoptive approach advocates that...

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Five youth ministry practitioners describe their unique perspectives and critique one another’s in this thought-provoking volume. For example, Greg Stier discusses his “Gospel Advancing Ministry”...

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This timely book is for youth ministers and those seeking youth ministry jobs. Mark DeVries and co-author Jeff Dunn-Rankin know their stuff. They are known and respected youth ministry consultants...

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Much has been written in recent years about the shift from "modernity" to "postmodernity." This shift has brought with it many instances of radical and swift change, as well as many questions....

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Are the conversations youth ministers have about young people and social technology moving beyond assessing the negatives and toward understanding deeper needs for relational connections, often...

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Mayward’s integrated and insightful understanding of movie criticism, theology, philosophy, and youth ministry comes together to create a smart and useful resource for Christian youth leaders,...

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Given the prevailing challenges that youth and the congregations who love them face on a daily basis, how can congregations help their young people not only survive, but thrive? Centered in Hope ...

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“Theological reflection keeps the practice of youth ministry focused on God instead of on staff or programming.” This key assertion from a seasoned youth worker and teacher provides the basis for a...

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Youth ministry experts Mark DeVries and Nate Stratman are so confident that their process will secure youth volunteers that they offer a money-back guarantee and an additional $20 product financial...

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Effective and lasting youth ministries are characterized by a number of things: They partner with parents as the primary faith incubators of their children. They rely on leadership teams rather...

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Remember Mayberry-Andy, Aunt Bee, Opie, and the rest? Christianity Today editors and advisors believe that “Mayberry” naiveté keeps many churches from creating safe relationships and places for...

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Karen Arneson is a former youth worker who edits this article aimed at helping congregations implement policies and procedures for youth ministry that can help prevent sexual abuse occurrences and...

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The Institute for Youth Ministry specializes in training congregational leaders. Its two primary programs are The Connections Project (TCP) and the Princeton Lectures on Youth, Church, and Culture....

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Topics and trends in youth ministry from Holy Week devotional videos to a discussion on dangerous phone apps, leaders will find content that is informative, inspirational or practical - or all...

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Persons who serve in ministry with youth are keenly aware of the fact that youth have lots of questions. Leaders often think they have to be prepared with a set of ready-made and definitive...

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Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) is a program of Fuller Theological Seminary, the largest and most inclusive seminary in the United States. The Executive Director of FYI is Dr. Kara Powell who also...

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Church law expert Richard Hammar authors this e-book, also available as a PDF, which is “designed to help youth ministers safely and appropriately conduct student ministry.” Hammar focuses on six...

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While it might be easy to point the finger at today’s youth and blame them for their lack of commitment to Christ and the church, in this book, Kenda Creasy Dean points the finger in a different...

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Poverty, crime, parental abandonment and drug abuse were the realities of Romal Tune’s childhood, but so was the stalwart and loving presence of his grandmother, who anchored his life when nothing...

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