Free eBook! Tear Down The Walls of the Youth Room

Free eBook! Tear Down The Walls of the Youth Room

Looking for a resource filled with creative ideas to build relationships with students? This is a free resource from Ministry Allies full of relational ministry ideas, including hanging out with students, working on projects together, going to cheer on other students together, and a ton of other great ideas.

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Different Ways to Have Lunch With Students During School

Different Ways to Have Lunch With Students During School

Getting on the school campus during lunch is a great way to hang out with your youth group kids on their turf and meet new kids. I’ve had the opportunity to meet dozens of kids simply by meeting friends of kids I already know. But different schools have different policies for visiting students on campus during lunch, so how do you get on campus?

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Having a Kingdom Mindset in Youth Ministry

Having a Kingdom Mindset in Youth Ministry

Too much is at stake for me to waste time building my own kingdom. The hard thing though, is I often find myself doing just that. It’s easy when I lose focus and am just trying to go from week to week. I lose that creative spark, that little bit of something extra, something Holy Spirit-ish, that tips the scale and puts the group on edge about something bigger than themselves.

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8 Benefits of Being Part of a Local Youth Ministry Network

8 Benefits of Being Part of a Local Youth Ministry Network

There are many benefits from being a part of a network of youth ministries and churches in your area. These are especially true for smaller churches where there might be only a few volunteer leaders. But whether or not your youth ministry staff is five or fifty, you can benefit from working with other churches in town. The first benefit is “Save money by sharing resources.”

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My Take on Youth Ministry 3.0

My Take on Youth Ministry 3.0

Last year, I read Mark Oestreichers ‘manifesto’, Youth Ministry 3.0, and I loved the concept of Youth Ministry 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 as a way to understand the history of youth ministry. It was like this book was an answer to Mark Senter’s book, “The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry” (that’s for all you old youth ministry guys). And I think the book is timely – it seems like many in youth ministry are unsatisfied with where we are and are looking for a way forward.

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Guest Post: False Competition

Guest Post: False Competition

This week guest blogger Brad Griffin from the Fuller Youth Institute shares a personal anecdote about networking with other youth leaders.

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What Will “Generation Z” Look Like?

What Will “Generation Z” Look Like?

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had several conversations with different people about generational differences between Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millenials (Generation Y). The conversations have centered around how these different generations “do church.” As the conversations continued, I realized, very soon, there will be kids from “Generation Z” in our youth groups.

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When Numbers Matter

When Numbers Matter

For the past couple of years, I’ve struggled with having a small youth group. I moved to Sunland, CA to work in a church with a group of about 8 kids, 6th through 12th grade, from a church in Fort Worth, TX that had over 60 kids in their middle school program alone. I kept telling myself over and over, “It’s not about numbers, it’s not about numbers.”

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Great Post on Youth Ministry Networking

Great Post on Youth Ministry Networking

Tim Schmoyer has written a great post on his blog about his local youth ministry network. Check it out!

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It’s Official: New Christian Club Beginning Soon!

It’s Official: New Christian Club Beginning Soon!

A few weeks ago I mentioned I was trying to start a Christian Club at one of the local middle schools…

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Experiencing a Networking Vision Transition

What does a transition in vision look like? Here is an example that Nick and I have experienced lately.

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The Fruits of Relational Ministry

The Fruits of Relational Ministry

“But I want it now!” When I was a kid, this was my response to my parents when they told me I would have to wait until Christmas before they would buy me a large Lego product I longed for. Since then, I have learned little about patience.

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Am I Pushing My Own Agenda?

Am I Pushing My Own Agenda?

While I feel that networking with other churches is biblically based and allows the Church as a whole to better reach the lost, I have to ask myself, is that true?

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Looking For Networking Stories

Looking For Networking Stories

I’m looking for stories (successes or failures) of networks, networking, and teaming up with other churches. If you have a story, or a few, please drop me a line at nicholas [dot] arnold [at] gmail [dot] com. Or, you can leave a comment.

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