7 simple ways to vastly improve your youth ministry program

I love youth leaders. And, although I get to train thousands of them all across the nation every year, one of my favorite things is learning from them. Many youth leaders have great and effective strategies that they're implementing to create the most impacting youth group programs possible. 

With this as a backdrop, here are 7 simple ideas youth leaders from across the nation have shared with me that will help improve your youth ministry program:

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How 2017 can become your "BEST. YEAR. EVER.' in youth ministry!

2016 has been a year of uncertainty. From American politics to church politics you may find yourself reeling. So it's probably time to get back to the elemental priorities that can insure that 2017 is your best year in youth ministry yet!

1.  Make prayer numrero uno!

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people..." 1 Timothy 2:1

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10 game changing habits every youth leader should cultivate

One of my passions in life is to see youth leaders succeed. I mean REALLY succeed. These men and women who have dedicated their lives to reaching and discipling young people are facing tough odds. From apathetic teenagers, to disengaged parents, to unsympathetic elder boards, to shrinking budgets, to a ticked off army of demons, youth leaders are up against some intense opposition. 

Cultivating these 10 habits will help youth leaders improvise, adapt and overcome.  

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How to give a talk that rocks!

For the last quarter of a century, God has blessed me with the privilege of speaking to hundreds of thousands of people across the nation, primarily through Dare 2 Share events. In addition, I've spoken at tons of conferences, festivals and churches to students and adults alike. 

Over the years I've developed a list of 10 actions steps I take when I prepare for and give a talk. These help me craft and deliver messages that go for maximum spiritual impact every time. I hope they encourage you as you prepare and deliver talks that glorify God, equip the believers and reach the lost.

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3 keys to keeping your best adult volunteers over the long haul

Finding adults who are willing to pour their lives into teenagers is an important part of every youth leader's job. Effective youth leaders understand that they can't do it alone. 

But one of the challenges, beside recruiting the right kind of volunteers, is keeping them long term. In the busy business of life, even the best youth ministry volunteer can lose momentum (and eventually interest) if they are not being led effectively.

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Get buff! Get tough! Get out! (Joseph's 3 keys to sexual purity)

"Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, 'Come to bed with me!'  But he refused."  Genesis 39:7,8

When Joseph was sold into slavery as a 17 year old teenager he had no idea what awaited him. Sure he would serve time as a slave and as a prisoner but he would also be relentlessly tempted by a beautiful older woman who wanted to have sex with him.

Joseph just said no...again and again. And his refusals would eventually lead to a chain of events that would save his family, the future nation of Israel, from starvation.

Joseph's three keys can help keep both us and our teenagers pure from sexual sin:

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3 lessons from Jesus on how to recruit the best youth ministry volunteers

In youth ministry (or most any ministry for that matter) getting the right volunteers is key. In a low-funded, big-vision ministry world, getting the best volunteers to join you on your quest is absolutely non-negotiable. 

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4 ways your youth ministry can help to stop racism in this nation

This morning, my heart, all of our hearts at Dare 2 Share, are deeply saddened by the killing of 5 police officers (and wounding of seven more) in Dallas last night. All of this took place at the hands of a sniper who reportedly said that he wanted to kill white people. My heart is also broken for Philando Castile being shot and killed by police officers in Minnesota on Wednesday night and Alton Sterline being shot by two white police officers on Tuesday.

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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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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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