Are Teenagers Returning To Your Ministry?

4 Simple strategies that will increase your attendance.

Do you ever get excited seeing someone new walk in the door of your youth ministry?  You feel like your seeing a long lost relative.  Then you panic when they leave at the end of the night wondering, “Are they coming back?” 

We all want consistency in our ministry because it creates a healthy foundation to go and grow deeper.  To achieve consistency means creating a ministry where students feel loved and connected.  It means providing:

How To Find A Theme For Your Next Message Series or Retreat

6 Steps to help you form a solid plan

You desperately search the Internet for the theme of your next retreat or message series.  You stare at the blank screen hoping something will emerge.  All you get is NOTHING.

Developing a theme for the next message series or retreat can be a frustrating experience.  Capturing the attention of the teenagers and taking them to a deeper level at the same time isn’t always easy.  Fortunately, discovering a dynamic team doesn’t take magic, it takes developing a process where you:

I’m currently working on a new book that deals with preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  For many of us who deal with Confirmation prep we know it’s source of frustration and angst, when it should be a life changing experience.  Check out this video as I share with you some of the ways I’m looking to change Confirmation prep.

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The other day I was asked, “Are we guessing as to why people come?”  It’s a question that’s important to ask from time to time, because it causes us to evaluate the WHAT and the WHY of what we are doing.  In this MYM 5 Minute Thought Chris explains how to make educated decisions and not just guess your way through ministry.

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Youth Ministry From Scratch

What you need to know before starting one in your church

I get asked the question, “If I’m starting a youth ministry in my parish what are some of the first steps I should take?”

There is no cookie cutter because of the many factors that would impact the ministry.  In fact it starts with taking a look at your church and understanding it’s limitations and opportunities.  But, to start a healthy youth ministry you need to: