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CHALLENGES FOR YOUTH PASTORS

Let’s Get Uncomfortable
August 5th, 2022
Amos 6:1 "Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!" Any time God uses the word Woe, He is prescribing some serious punishment consequences for whatever sin he mentions. Here He says “Woe to them that are at Ease”. God had brought the Israelites through so much - Egypt, Wilderness, Promised La...
From A Plow Boy To A Preacher Man
July 7th, 2022
I Kings 19:19 “So he departed thence and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.” In I Kings chapter 19, we find the older prophet Elijah returns and has an obvious divine appointment with the young man Elisha. It is while the unknown writer is dealing (under the direct in...
The Most Important Thing You Can Teach Your Child
June 23rd, 2022
Proverbs 23:13-14 “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” “Withhold not correction.” Correction is the act of bringing back from error or deviation to a just standard. It is to cure faults by way of discipline, chastisement or punishment. Proverbs 3:11 unites chastening...
Are You Approachable?
May 25th, 2022
Men, I believe every man has a natural and God-Given Challenge to be a leader in some way. With that challenge comes much responsibility because we must determine what type of Leader we will be. There are certainly many aspects to a good leader, and though I like Paul would say “Not as though I had already Attained” (Phil. 3:12), I do believe the following simple truth is vital to good leadership,...
Preparing To Date
May 11th, 2022
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”Dating can be something that carries a various range of emotions. It can be exciting, scary, and can even bring anxiety. However, it is somethi...
5 Friendly Reminders For The New YP
May 11th, 2022
Tis the season of transition. With the end of the school year and Bible College graduates heading into the ministry, there will be many NEW Youth Pastors out there this summer. This transition can be difficult on the teens, the church, the Pastor and especially the new YP. I went back in time to when I first became a YP and found 5 Friendly Reminders for the new YP. 1- HistoryEvery place regardles...
The Importance Of Proper Thinking
April 28th, 2022
Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  Thoughts control our behavior and our attitude. If we think we are in danger, we immediately spring into ...
Fishers!
April 21st, 2022
Matthew 4:19 “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."Jesus begins His Ministry by going down to the lake. He finds two sets of brothers working on their boats. They had returned from a fishing trip. Jesus tells the fishermen to follow Him and He would make them “…fishers of me”.These men worked as fisherman. This was their occupation. This is how they made money. Je...
A Balanced Growing Youth Department
April 21st, 2022
There are youth departments which are large in number because they are willing to compromise in certain areas of standards, music, and even preaching of the Bible. However, independent Baptist Youth Departments of the past and those of the present are those which established some very important principles that not only enhanced their growth but also kept them growing properly. We do not want to “s...
Back To.... Better
April 21st, 2022
Not back to normal…Back to Better. Hebrews is the BETTER book of the Bible. It uses the word Better 13 times.1:4 Christ is Better | 6:9 Better things | 7:7 The less is Better | 7:19 A Better hope | 7:22 A Better Testament | 8:6 A Better covenant / promises | 9:23 Better sacrifice | 10:34 Heaven a better substance | 11:16 Heaven a better country | 11:35 A Better resurrection | 11:40 Some Better thi...
Let God Take Charge
April 13th, 2022
Psalms 37:5 “Commit thy ways unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”       When things go wrong for us, instead of trying to work them out on our own, we should commit them to God, knowing that “…he shall bring it to pass.”       A young pastor had done everything he knew to do but had failed. So he decided to give up his church and quit the ministry. Then God seemed to s...
Leading Teens To Christ
April 13th, 2022
I enjoy recreation as much as anyone else, and I love playing games.  I’ve been to youth rallies where teenagers have eaten some strange things and been willing to do some crazy stuff.  Our youth fellowships are known for fun games and laughing until we cry.  I love it!  But one of the biggest lies Satan sells young people is they have time to eventually get serious about spiritual things; that yo...
Parental Advisory: 8 Fights Worth Picking With Your kids
April 13th, 2022
Parenting is hard.  Parents have to choose their battles.  Here are 8 fights worth picking with your kids:The Reading Fight:Make your kids read. Because reading is tied to everything from cognitive development to the ability to focus. Make your kids read now.The Outside Fight:Make your kids go outside. The natural world teaches us things. Plus, outside there's sunshine, fresh air, and exercise wai...
Much More Than God
March 17th, 2022
The greatest lesson any Christian can learn is contentedness. Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” It is the lesson that every person needs to learn in their life. Children need to learn it. Teens need to learn it. ADULTS need to learn it. Accepting and appreciating what you already have is great gain for the Christian; however, let me brag about the g...
Complaints That Closed The Synagogue
March 17th, 2022
One of the blessings of study is learning more and more about Jewish customs and culture. Personally, it keeps me interested in the Bible as I learn new details every year as I studyfor sermons and Sunday school lessons. It is interesting to think that the same issues weexperience today were felt in Bible times. How do you keep people faithful? How do you stopthem from following every new exciting...
Holiness Becometh
March 8th, 2022
Psalm 93:5 – “Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.”The Bible talks a lot about being Holy. Here the Bible says “holiness becometh”. The word becometh means to compliment, to be in harmony with, or to be worthy of. God commands us to be holy as He is holy.We are to be holy in Our:1. AttitudesOur attitude affects many things. It is important that we as Chri...
Seven Suggestions For Starting a Youth Department
March 8th, 2022
At this years Church Growth Conference, I was asked the question “How do I start a Youth Ministry?” I met with many of the Youth Workers who had come for training and was encouraged by the hunger to reach teenagers. Yet there were still so many questions, “we only have a few teens in our church, how can we have a Teen Department?”  “Where do you find teens?” “How do you get them to church?” Others...
Getting Teens to Talk
March 7th, 2022
I Kings 12:6-8 "And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever. But he forsook the counsel o...
YPS I Have Known
February 3rd, 2022
I have been a YP for 9 years now. I have seen so many different types of YPs. I have worked for the past 9 years to revamp the image of the YP. Most people think the YP is just the church babysitter, the most carnal or youngest staff member. I have watched YPs and took notes. I know that the church goes as the youth group goes… And the youth group goes as the YP goes.Each type of YP produces a typ...
Supply Chain Woes - Workforce
February 1st, 2022
Matthew 9:36-38 "But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."Several months ago I was in Springfield, Ohio, ...

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