Programs vs. Relationships

An Unlikely Portrait Of An Authentically Effective Youth Group By Eric Gargus • First Baptist Sweetwater • Longwood, Florida What does a portrait of an authentically effective youth group look like? Does it include...

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Discipline vs. Fun in Youth Ministry By Daniel Johnson | First Baptist Church | Dover, Arkansas “Youth Pastor” and “disciplinarian” seem to be two mutually exclusive terms. The general mental image of a youth...

The Balancing Act

By Rick Bundschuh • Kauai Christian Fellowship • Koloa, Hawaii Early in my youth ministry career, I used to get a little guilty as I drove off for a couple hours of surfing in the...

Back to School – Literally

By Troy Norling • Legacy Church • San Diego, California Now that school’s back in session for most of the country, a good youth leader’s mind begins to look for ways to reach out to...

Suicide Symptoms and Signs

By Steve Gerali, Sanctuary Coffee, Claremont, California Teenagers who commit suicide usually believe that their present lives are hopelessly painful and filled with the darkest despair, and that their futures won’t bring any relief,...

Crisis: I’m In One Right Now

One of our key YLO members volunteered to share the current crisis situation. We’ve kept this anonymous for obvious reasons.   When was the last time you or your ministry was in a crisis? I’m...