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Category: Small Groups

5 different models of effective youth ministry

One of the questions I get asked is, ‘what are the different ways of discipling young people?’ It’s a good question. To be honest, there is not one sweet way of discipling so I am always a bit wary of discussing different models or spending too much time on the latest fad in Christian youth …

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10 ways to start a conversation with a teenager

For many of us, the hardest part of youth work is getting a young person engaged in a conversation. I think this is why so many people shy away from young people. They just don’t believe they would ever be able to chat together. Our primary purpose as youth leaders is to get alongside each …

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5 ways to get young people praying together

  One of the essential elements of discipleship is teaching young people that they can have a personal, intimate relationship with God. He longs to engage with them and to talk with them. Sadly, too often we have made out that prayer is some weird, technically-challenging process that means only the most holy can really …

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How to get a young person to open up

[important]This blog post is a guest post from Kate Wallis. Kate is the youth minister at St Paul’s Church, Leamington Spa. She co-leads the Growing Leaders youth course that we have now run 4 times in the local area. Kate is also one of the local leaders who I mentor regularly. She is passionate about …

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How to lead engaging small group discussions

It’s every youth leader’s worst nightmare. You are leading a discussion with a small group of young people except ‘discussion’ is the most ironic term to describe what’s happening. You ask a question and no one speaks. All eyes are facing the floor so there is no risk of catching someone else’s eye. it feels …

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Dealing with difficult and distruptive behaviour

I can still remember it like it was yesterday. I, and my fellow leaders, were crouching below the ceiling-height window in the office in our local youth centre, hoping that the young people outside would stop throwing bricks, calm down and just go home. Surely we had got something wrong here? It felt like we …

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