The hidden danger in dropping Youth Ministry for a Family Ministry approach

Before I dive into my point let me make one thing crystal clear, I believe that the family should be the number one influence on the spiritual development of our children and teenagers. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 was written to the moms and dads of Israel in the Old Testament and is a powerful reminder to all of us moms and dads in the New Testament that spiritual development starts in the home.

If the teenagers in your church have believing parents it's on them to "bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4.) We, as parents, should never delegate this sacred duty to a 25 year old youth leader straight out of seminary. In a perfect world, parents would work in conjunction with youth leaders to build teenagers who are fully committed to and maturing in Christ. 

But we don't live in a perfect world.

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5 ways to prevent Youth Ministry burnout

We've all seen the disturbing statistics of youth leader turnover in the church. I've read differing numbers regarding the average stay of a youth leader in the typical church. The statistics I've read have ranged from as little as one year to as many as four. Regardless of which statistic is correct I think we can all agree that the turnover rate in youth ministry is too high. 

The question that haunts me is why? Why are there so many youth leaders leaving their posts after a relatively short stint?

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10 horrible spiritual segues you can use to bring Jesus up on Super Tuesday (but please don't!)

1.  Jesus would never kick you out of his rally.

2.  TrusTED? No Trust Jesus.

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Fresh milk, full sponges and a simple way to improve your discipleship efforts

Discipleship efforts that are not fueled by obedience to God's Word and missional activation will ultimately result in failure.

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Do you have the Batman or Superman view of Jesus?

The Deity and Humanity of Jesus can be tricky theological subjects. From the time Jesus ascended into the clouds there have been differing opinions about just who Jesus actually was. Even today there are two prevalent views of Jesus that pervade the landscape. To put in another way, some have a Superman view of Jesus and others have a Batman view.

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The Burning Ember Theory of Youth Ministry

I have a theory.

It's about youth leaders.

I believe that down deep inside the heart of every youth leader worth his/her salt, there is a gospel ember burning. For some it's just a smolder. For others it's white hot. For most it's somewhere in between.

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The Greatest Threat to Your Youth Ministry

The greatest threat to youth ministry (other than the Devil of course) is probably not what you think.

It's not church budgets that are getting squeezed tighter than ever.

It's not the things that compete with youth group attendance like sports, academics and entertainment.

It's not even demanding elder boards, angry parents or apathetic teenagers.

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3 Keys to Ensuring Your Rock Star Youth Leaders Will Never Want to Leave - (part 2, guest post by Laura Loewen)

Welcome! This is part 2 of a two-part series. If you missed part 1, make sure to stop now and go check out that one first here — I think you'll be glad you did.

If you've been in ministry for longer than five minutes, you've been around rockstar youth leaders. You know the type — they connect effortlessly with teens, are faithful in showing up week after week, and to top it off, have a devotion to Jesus in a category all its own.

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4 Steps to Recruiting Leaders (guest post by Laura Loewen)

There are times in ministry where you look around and wonder "Does anyone really care? Will these leaders stay, or are they just here only to get up and leave again?"

But to answer the second question, you really have to start with the first. This is a two-part series on getting and keeping youth leaders. It's important to first dive into the how of recruiting and then unpack how to keep those great leaders.

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4 warning signs your youth ministry may be headed for trouble (and what you can do about it!)

Every year I have the awesome privilege of connecting face-to-face with thousands of youth leaders across the country. During this time I have had several gut-level conversations with youth leaders and have noticed a pattern in the majority of youth ministries that are headed for trouble. There are at least 4 clear warning signs.

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Hi, I'm Greg Stier, CEO and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries. On this blog I share personal experiences about life, ministry, and how we are mobilizing teenagers across America to share their faith. I would love to connect with you. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook or join a move of God at Dare 2 Share.


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