6 Core Characteristics of Youth Friendly Churches

It’s not about music or programs.

That’s what the research is telling us. After a study of 250 growing churches that attract youth and young adults, Fuller Youth Institute is sure that younger church members are looking for something else. Here are 6 core characteristics to develop to become  a youth friendly church…

Robertson’s 6 Responses to Tech and Your Teen

Can you keep up with  your teen and tech? 

The impact of the digital world is so powerful and pervasive that it’s almost impossible for most of us to keep up. That’s why I am so thankful for people like Walt Mueller (CPYU) and Paul Robertson (Youth Unlimited) who do the hard work keeping up with the changes and challenges posed by cyber space.

Here are 6 practical responses from Paul Robertson for parents:

Marv Penner’s 3 Words to Describe Your Role with Parents

Recently, Youth Specialties posted a fantastic blog by Marv Penner. The post nails it when it comes to how to do youth ministry right. It means working with parents instead of working for them! What a change of perspective and it boils down to 3 all-important words:

How Did We Do?

I’m sitting in Tim Hortons (one of the perks of living in Canada) and there’s a sign staring at me. It reads, “How did we do?” What an important question but one that most youth and young adult ministries never ask.

No wonder, because most churches don’t ask it either! But what an important question! If you’re not getting honest feedback from your people you are walking blind. Here are vital areas you should be getting regular feedback on. (and a quick survey that you can use!)

5 Major Characteristics to Develop in Students This Year

Start with the end in mind.

This is one of Steven Covey’s principles in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and great advice for running your youth ministry. After 3 or 4 years in your high school group, what should your grads look like? What qualities are you going to nurture in their lives? What characteristics do you want your volunteers to model for your students? What can you do this year to move your students in this direction? Here are the 5 main characteristics to develop. 

How to Stop Baby Sitting Students

How do you know if you have begun to babysit students?

It can happen so easily. Somewhere along the way my ministry turned into a baby sitting service. I didn’t even see it happening. Something changed in me and in them. Here are 7 signs that you are baby sitting and some ways to get out of it.