Working with teens and young adults can be terrifying. Here are 5 tools any person can use to impact teens and young adults.
If you work with teens, you have probably wondered at one point or another the same thing I have, how do I know I am making a difference? We know what the goal is, to point teens to Christ, but how do we measure success in youth ministry?
Teenagers will gravitate towards the oldest person in the room who takes them seriously. This is a quote I have read and heard numerous times by youth workers far more experienced and intelligent than myself. I have heard it so many times, but often have questioned the truthfulness of it. So how old is too old for youth ministry?
While I can name plenty of reasons, I have narrowed it down to three major reasons why people in the church should love teens: They are hungry, they need the love and guidance, and Jesus loves them. These are some of the reasons why I love youth, so why do you?
To put it simply, we are to be encouraging each other. We are to build each other up, not tear each other down. We are to lift each other up, not erect walls that separate us. It is not wonder that encouragement is one of the spiritual gifts which Paul mentions in Romans 12:7-8.
I know what you're thinking. "Woah, Josh, slow down. Lessons from hip-hop in the church? Have you heard the lyrics in music?" I know what you're thinking, but hear me out.
No matter the platform, teens are spending nearly all their time online. A recent survey showed 45% of teens said they are online almost constantly, while another 44% said they’re online several times a day. Only 11% said they were online less often. This constant screen time often times results in varied levels of cyber-bullying. Many teens will face cyber-bullying at some level in their lives, how can you help guide your children through these hard times?