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Youth Groups Driving Christian Teens to Abandon Faith

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A new study might reveal why a majority of Christian teens abandon their faith upon high school graduation (lusi/rgbstock.com)

A new study might reveal why a majority of Christian teens abandon their faith upon high school graduation. Fifty-five percent of American Christians are concerned with modern youth ministry.

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5 Assumptions That Could Destroy Your Volunteer Youth Program

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How well do you know your volunteers?

Are you being a great steward of your volunteers’ time? Here is some helpful instruction.

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Helping Your Ministry Succeed Without You

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Keeping in mind that we are all on the same team—the team of Jesus Christ—if you were in the position of leaving your ministry, how would you pass the baton to your successor?

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5 Ways to Boost Youth Ministry Teen Morale

When teens know they are loved, they will feel like they belong. When they feel like they belong, they’ll be more open to hearing the Good News.

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How to Defuse a Youth Ministry Bomb

team-conflict-progressFor most youth workers, few things in ministry are as dreaded as navigating conflict—especially when it comes in the form of an angry parent or frustrated volunteer and when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly.

You know the scenario: You’re hanging out in the youth room doing your youth pastor thing, and before you see it coming, he’s in your face. He’s on a mission. He’s got a few concerns, and he’s gonna share them with you right now. He has no desire to think about the timing. His agenda is the only one that matters. He’s a ticking time bomb, and time is running out.

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Youth Ministry: Making Wise Choices

Gina-McClainIt was another average weekday. Shortly after arriving home from work, I’m routinely rifling through the pile of papers pulled from my second-grader’s backpack. Amid the assortment of math worksheets, writing assignments and doodles, I see one yellow slip of paper.

One glance, and dread envelopes me.

Another ticket; another note from the teacher; another reminder of my son’s innate gravitational pull toward horsing around. (Sigh.)

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