Reaching Teens for Jesus (03 at 3) - At Teen Life Ministries we are constantly being asked how to reach teens for Christ. Youth workers are looking for new and improved ideas for outreach programs. We want to share with you a few techniques that we think will help.
10 Difficulties of Being a Teen in a Single Parent Family (03 at 8) - If your youth ministry is like most, and I’m sure it is, then you have teens who are in single parent homes. We need to try to understand what they are going through and how we can help them handle it. Listed below are a few things that will help us along the way of understanding their view point.
Get a Handle on Stress (12 at 2) - Youth ministry is a very stressful ministry so it would be wise to get a handle on your ministry stressors as soon as possible. If you are in youth ministry for the “long haul” the more stressors you can work through the more productive you and your ministry will be.
Stay Spiritually Healthy (12 at 4) - One of the hardest things to do as a youth minister is to stay spiritually healthy while you are training teens to be spiritually healthy. In all probability your ministry will not be very spiritual if you are not very spiritual.
Daily Bible Reading (06 at 6) - It’s so simple we almost forget daily Bible reading as a ministry maximizer. But God’s word is the basis for our teaching and lives.
Set aside a time each day to be in the Word.
Memorize at least one section of scripture a week.
Always pray and ask God to reveal new knowledge from the passage.
If you would like a daily Bible reading plan follow the the link:
Questions for a Spiritual Check Up (06 at 6) - 1. How much time, or how often, do I pray each day? As ministers we spend a lot time time talking to others. Do we spend a lot of time talking to God?
Quiet Time Outlines (06 at 6) - When time is pressing don’t cancel your time with God. Use one of these quiet time suggestions to meditate on the Lord. They’re simple, yet powerful: Read the Passage, sing a song of praise in response, and pray for the Father to instill the principle in your life.
Quiet Time Outlines 2 (06 at 6) - When time is pressing don’t cancel your time with God. Use one of these quiet time suggestions to meditate on the Lord. They’re simple, yet powerful: Read the Passage, sing a song of praise in response, and pray for the Father to instill the principle in your life.
Going Deep with God (06 at 6) - 1. Walk with Him. “Enoch walked with God... (Genesis 5:24a). This picture of peace expresses the type of relationship we long to have with God. Walking depicts an intimate friendship among two like individuals.
Breathe (06 at 6) - Take a moment and breathe.
Draw in a huge lung filling breath.
Hold it for a few seconds.
Guess what. You qualify. You qualify for praise. As long as your breathing you should be praising.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD .
7 Ways Your Small Group Can Reach People for Jesus (06 at 6) - “Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn't find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus.
Personal Spirituality (06 at 6) - Joe, a youth pastor, at Grace Church decided that he would build the best youth ministry that anyone had every seen. He determined that it would be the biggest, most talked-about youth ministry that had ever been planted and grown in that area - in fact maybe even in the whole world.
True Fasting (06 at 6) - Are you guilty of studying for classes, but failing to study for your personal walk? Do you fool yourself into believing that a daily prayer time is good enough?
In Isaiah 58 God rebukes Israel because they are fasting technically, but not truthfully.
Rest (06 at 6) - Regular relaxation is essential for long life and personal effectiveness. Here are some techniques for relaxing physically that are used by the most successful and highest paid people in America.
Grow Together (06 at 6) - Ephesians says it. Christ’s “‘gifts unto men’ were varied. Some He made His messengers, some prophets, some preachers of the gospel; to some He gave the power to guide and teach His people. His gifts were made that Christians might be properly equipped for their service, that the whole body might be built up until the time comes when, in the unity of common faith and common knowledge of the Son of God, we arrive at real maturity—that measure of development which is meant by ‘the fullness of Christ.’
Overcoming Parenting Worries (06 at 6) - 1. Concentrate On Your Blessings, Not Your Worries. The more attention we give our worries the more consumed we become with them. We find that our troubles fill our minds through all hours of the day, while no solution seems feasible.
Six characteristics of a satisfying marriage (06 at 6) - When my wife, Kay, was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, the doctors hospitalized her about halfway through her 12-week chemo regimen because of her serious reaction to the therapy. The effects of the chemo plunged her into the misery of extreme nausea.
New Year's Resolutions (06 at 6) - I love this time of year. I like taking inventory of my life and making resolutions to change. Unfortunately I don't always succeed in my goals. I've been resolving to lose 20 pounds for 4 years now.
How fear damages a marriage (06 at 6) - If we want our people to experience satisfying, intimate, and harmonious relationships with their mates, we must help them understand the importance of conquering fear. Successful marriages are built on trust and unconditional love, two things that can’t exist alongside fear.
Refueling your life in mid-flight (06 at 6) - The Strategic Air Command -- our nation’s defense system -- operates 24 hours a day as a shield of protection for our nation. This means that at any point in a given day there are airplanes carrying nuclear warheads in the air over our country.
How to present your body as a living sacrifice (06 at 6) - I once heard Bill Tisdale, a missionary to the Philippines, give an illustration about surrendering his physical body to the Lord. He described presenting the parts of his body one by one for Christ’s use through a prayer like this:
“Lord, here are my eyes.
GROWTH (06 at 6) - The Green-Eyed Monster Behind the Pulpit
If your senior pastor is threatened by your ministry, here's how to diffuse jealous feelings before they explode. If envy is a green-eyed monster, what's that big green-eyed thing behind your pulpit?
Handling Lonelines (06 at 6) - When Janis Joplin committed suicide at the age of 27, it was just after she had told a friend, "When I am not performing on the theater stage I just lie around, watch television, and feel very lonely." Loneliness can be pure torture, real misery.
Bowing at the Altar of Relevance - The Church Has Sold Out (06 at 6) - The church has sold out. The same way punk music has sold out. It's
impossible to be punk anymore. Being corporate is decidedly un-punk,
and most punk bands are definitely corporate. Punk was once a movement,
a radical underground movement of rebellion, anti-establishment, and
Dealing with Abortion (06 at 6) - You may not have a teen in your youth group who has had an abortion but you certainly have had some who have entertained the idea if she became pregnant. And you have young men who would encourage their girl friends to have one if she became pregnant.
Cake, Kool-Aid, and a birthday party for Jesus (06 at 6) - My sister recently found a picture of me as a mop-haired 3-year-old standing next to a birthday cake for Jesus. The cake was my idea, a burst of preschooler inspiration in response to my mother's explanation that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birth.