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Dec 30

The top 10 blogs on Thrive’s website in 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, I thought it would be interesting to find out which of my blog posts have had the most visits over the course of the year. These are not all written this year but have been around for a while, although a few in the top 10 were written this year.

top-10-blog-postsTake the opportunity to see if there are any that you missed out on. Feel free to share with other youth leaders!

  1. 10 ways you can help young people worship God

This post tries to answer the very common question of how do we enable young people to worship.

2. 5 ways to attract more people to your youth group without even trying

5 ideas which will help you enable young people to bring their friends to your group because of how you care for them and befriend them.

3. Dealing with difficult and disruptive behaviour

We’ve all been there. We have a few young people who seem to have their main agenda set to take our youth session completely off course. Don’t give up! This post offers some practical suggestions as to how you might handle it.

4. All you need to host your own youth prayer night

This is a different blog post because it is a downloadable resource. Written by my friend, Jenni Norris, it guides you through all you need to get young people praying through the night together. If you’ve never done this, download this guide and go for it!

5. 5 different models of effective youth ministry

This post explores 5 different ways you can reach out to young people and disciple them. If your youth ministry feels a bit stuck, maybe try an alternative method.

6. 10 characteristics of a youth friendly church

There are 10 characteristics I see in every church that is doing well in investing in the next generation. Take a look and measure your church up against these characteristics. How well do you score?

7. The state of youth ministry today (or what keeps me up at night)

In this blog post, I highlight 5 myths that have been gaining popularity recently in some church youth ministries. Don’t fall for them in yours!

8. How to lead engaging small group discussions

Enabling young people in a small group to all engage in a discussion is not easy and it comes with lots of practice and training. If you struggle to get your group to talk, this might help.

9. Firm Foundations of a growing youth group 4: Fun

Part of a series of 5 blog posts exploring the key foundations for a growing youth group, it’s interesting that ‘Fun’ is the most popular. Is it because it is often missed out? The other foundations being prayer, welcoming, individual attention and the Word of God.

10. Simple ways to integrate young people into your church

Bringing the generations together is often a challenge for many churches. This post tries to offer a few creative suggestions to tackle this problem.

What is interesting to me, is that these are not necessarily my favourite ten posts I have written. Maybe that’s for another blog post! Take a look at some of these and I hope they will inspire you to be the best youth leader that you can be.