63 youth ministry topics YOU should cover

62 youth ministry issues YOU should coverAlmost two years ago I published a list of “100 blog topics I hope YOU write” addressing various aspects of youth ministry. Many people responded, used the list as a springboard of ideas for their own blogs, and covered over a third of the content I suggested. Earlier tonight I was skimming through some of the old posts people wrote and there’s a lot of real gems of wisdom here.

Let’s try to complete this list! Take one or more of these ideas and run with it. Take the best ideas from whatever these spark in you and keep coming back to this page as often as you want to see what topics people are covering. Or just use them as a way to bounce into better posts of your own. Make podcasts, blog posts, whatever. Have fun and be creative.

One favor? Would you include a link somewhere back to I’ll do my best to keep up with these topics around the blogosphere as your incoming links show up in blog’s dashboard and will then link the appropriate title in this post back to your blog post so others can read your insights.

  1. How to use Facebook for ministry
  2. How to build community among teenagers
  3. Technology I use in youth ministry [also posted here and here]
  4. How to write Bible study lessons for youth group
  5. Conversation starters to ask a student you just met [also posted here]
  6. How to get parents involved in their kids’ lives
  7. How to handle confrontation
  8. How to teach students with learning disabilities
  9. How to market your events
  10. How to effectively use visual aids in teaching
  11. How to make time for personal prayer and devotions
  12. How to empower your youth leaders
  13. How to follow-up with new believers
  14. Using podcasts in youth ministry
  15. How to engage students in worship
  16. How to deal with a suicide in your ministry
  17. Everything a youth worker should know about eating disorders
  18. Addressing porn and masturbation at youth group
  19. How to help parents prepare their students for college
  20. Recommended books for every youth worker’s library
  21. How teenage girls best relate to each other
  22. How teenage guys best relate to each other
  23. Teaching students to evaluate their media consumption
  24. How to equip your students to achieve their dreams
  25. Sermon presentations versus small group discussion Bible studies
  26. Necessary elements for any youth meeting
  27. Balancing youth group events with athletics, homework and jobs
  28. How to achieve longevity in youth ministry
  29. What students need from their youth leaders
  30. How to take an idea and make it happen
  31. How to plan a youth ministry budget
  32. The real influence of celebrities on students
  33. How to change a teenager’s world forever
  34. Why youth ministers should read their students’ blogs [also posted here]
  35. How to evaluate ministry and implement change
  36. Addressing sin in your own life
  37. How to make youth group visitors feel welcomed [and how NOT to here]
  38. How to use the arts in youth group
  39. The youth event no one has ever seen
  40. What I wish every Sr. Pastor knew about youth ministry [ and What YPs should know about Sr. Pastors ]
  41. Balancing youth ministry with my personal life
  42. The difference between part-time and full-time youth ministry
  43. How to fix your mistakes in ministry
  44. How to develop students to be spiritual leaders
  45. When I feel frustrated in ministry… [or with colleagues]
  46. Youth group strategies for evangelism
  47. How to come up with creative ideas
  48. How NOT to introduce visitors to the youth group
  49. What every youth worker needs to know about Jr. High students
  50. What every youth worker needs to know about Sr. High students
  51. How to earn the trust and respect of your Sr. Pastor
  52. How to lead a youth group when you’re the only volunteer
  53. How to help a student break an addiction
  54. How to teach through a book of the Bible
  55. What youth group students need from each other
  56. Internet tools I use for youth ministry
  57. How to develop a world missions strategy for your youth group
  58. How to simplify your life and ministry
  59. The future of youth ministry
  60. How NOT to use video in youth ministry
  61. How to handle the most common youth ministry struggles
  62. How to keep God’s Word fresh for teenagers
  63. How to work in a church that doesn’t support it’s youth ministry
  64. What to do with “God sightings” stories in your youth group
  65. Tools for working with hurting teenagers
  66. How to get kids plugged in to God’s Word
  67. Youth ministry topics that need more coverage
  68. How to become a student-led youth group
  69. Expectations to hold for any youth worker volunteer
  70. How to turn conversations toward Christ
  71. How to respond to criticism
  72. Ten youth ministry sites I like and why
  73. How to work with the hyper-active kid
  74. How to address self-esteem at youth group
  75. How to get your kids sharing and contributing to small groups
  76. A story of how Christ changed my youth group
  77. When to let go of a student and trust God take care of the rest
  78. How to recharge your emotional batteries
  79. How youth ministry made me go crazy!
  80. How to make the most of a youth group retreat
  81. How to shake a student from their apathy for God’s Word
  82. Things to consider before purchasing a curriculum
  83. American youth ministry and how I would change it
  84. How to give yourself away
  85. How NOT to give advice to a student
  86. The top 10 excuses every youth leader makes
  87. The top 10 excuses every youth group student makes
  88. How to settle a disagreement with your Sr. Pastor
  89. Common mistakes to avoid in youth ministry
  90. Guidelines to follow for selecting new youth leaders
  91. How to facilitate communication between students and parents
  92. How to partner with parents in youth ministry
  93. Reaching rural kids versus reaching urban kids
  94. How to support a student through difficult times
  95. The #1 best thing you can do for the kids in your youth group
  96. How to promote an attitude of prayer in daily life
  97. How the Internet is changing students’ perspective of community
  98. Why I’m in youth ministry today
  99. A passage of scripture every student should know
  100. How to get students involved in the rest of the church body

Posted on June 2, 2010

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