10 ways to amp up your sermon impact right away

1.  Spend time praying that God will give you the right passage(s) to preach.

2.  Exegete the needs of the audience before you exegete the meaning of the text.

3.  Soak yourself in the passage(s) you are going to preach. Ask God through his Holy Spirit to reveal to you the meaning, main point and some powerful insights.

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A CASE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY...         5 reasons why #StuMin is more relevant now than ever

We live in an age where youth ministry is under fire. There are those pundits who wax eloquent about the demise of youth ministry and pound the pulpit over the need for something different. Some call youth ministry a ploy of the Devil to take teenagers out of big church and give them pablum instead. Others say that we just need to integrate teenagers into the overall life of the church and all will be well. And some call for a purely intergenerational approach that allows the older to disciple the younger. Still others say it's all about children's ministry.

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Is it wrong to use entertainment in youth ministry?

Ask the typical church member what words come to mind when they hear the words "youth ministry" and most will probably use words like "games" or "fun" as part of their description. Youth ministry is known for its ability to entertain teenagers. But it's also recognized for helping teenagers know and grow in Christ.

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Is your Gospel as CLEAR as it should be? Take this simple test and see.

If I gave you the choice between drinking a muddy glass of water or a clear one, of course, you'd choose the clear one. Nobody wants their water mixed with dirt and sediment. The clearer the better.

What's true of a glass of water is true of a presentation of the Gospel. The clearer the better.

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What to do if your pastor is not on board with your youth ministry

I talk to youth leaders across the country, many of whom feel like their pastors are not fully behind their youth ministry efforts. Speaking as a former church planter and preaching pastor, here are a few tips that will help get your Sr. Pastor on board with you and your youth ministry:

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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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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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3 reasons you should give the Gospel in every sermon

Giving the Gospel in every sermon may seem like a no-brainer to some preachers and a "Whaaaaat?" to others but I am convinced it's beyond crucial. The night before Jesus died he performed the first communion service with his disciples which served as a relentless reminder to his disciples to gospelize their services. Any unbeliever who stumbled into an early church service, at the very minimum, saw and heard the Gospel given during communion time.

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5 Ways to Teach your Teens to Pray

If I could get in a time machine and go back to teenaged Greg I'd tell him one thing...learn how to pray.

Sadly, it took me about four decades to begin to truly discover the power of prayer. Once I did, it felt like for the majority of my life I'd been throwing dirt clods at Satan only to discover there was a bazooka in the closet.

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3 ways to KICKSTART your teenagers' spiritual growth in 2016

All of us want to see our teenagers grow deeper in their faith. But is there a way to kickstart their spiritual growth? 

The answer is "YES!" Here are three of them...

1.  Pray for them and get them praying!

The great 1st Century church prayer warrior, Epaphras, shows us how to pray with impact. Paul wrote these telling words about his spiritual co-worker, "Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured."

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