Category Archives: Ministry Resource

2018 Music-Media Manifesto

Fact #1 – Kids love music & entertainment media. They are engaged in it a whopping 9 hours everyday. 19,500 hours between 7th and 12th grade. Get the data here.   Fact #2 – To be effective in ministering to them, a youthworker must … Continue reading

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Tether Yourself

Many of the students in your youth ministry got a smartphone for Christmas. This article by Rachel Macy Stafford could be a huge benefit to the parents of the teenagers in your church – and make you look good in … Continue reading

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Parent Roundtable

We were talking about the “Parents” theme of this issue of Youth Leaders Only, and the thought that youth leaders and musicians share some of the same, umm, “unique conditions” in which we ourselves are trying to be good parents. … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Pray for Las Vegas

Jeff Chaves is a YLO Member, a pastor who still works with students, and who “wrote YLO Bible studies back when YLO had cassettes!” He is the pastor of Northpointe Community Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. This article first appeared … Continue reading

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3 WAYS TO UNDERSTAND THE YOUTH CULTURE DIAGNOSTIC

By Mike Calhoun, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Culture is more than a grocery list of distinctives or a demographic study. People groups can have the power to change a society – and ultimately history – by virtue of their … Continue reading

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Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor”

By Al Forsythe • Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center • Knoxville, Tennessee After watching the very lustful and sexualized video of Bruno Mars’ song “Versace on the Floor”, I needed to ask myself, “How is a Christian man expected to react?” My first thought goes … Continue reading

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Getting New Music Into Your Kid’s Earbuds

Remember the “CD Lending Library” and the  “Joyful Noise Room”?  We have always been about 3 major objectives: Make youthworkers aware of all the new music (and give you VIP access to the artists who create it) Give you tools to … Continue reading

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5 Essentials To Start Your Youth Ministry Year

EARLY in the morning, like before the sun was up early – I was gathering my gear to go on a difficult nine-mile hike in the local mountains. “Let’s see. Water’s loaded into the pack? Check. Dog’s pack is loaded? Check. Hat? … Continue reading

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History of the Summer of Love — 1967

By Bill Petro • billpetro.com It was fifty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile It was indeed 50 years ago that The … Continue reading

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History of the Summer of Love — 1967

By Bill Petro • billpetro.com When I was a Resident Assistant at Berkeley in the early ’70s a local police officer I knew gave me a tour down Telegraph Avenue. He told me: “All the major drug deals on the West … Continue reading

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