What gets teenagers into the doors of your ministry?

Topic / Videos

A couple weeks I posted an idea for a group project: share your youth ministry tips and advice on video.

Mike Kennedy, a youth pastor in Georgia, stepped up to the challenge and recorded a great video about how we sometimes try to attract kids to our ministry. It’s under 2 minutes long, so check it out:

It’s not too late for you submit your youth ministry tip or advice via video. Record it, upload it to YouTube, and post a link to it in the comments below.

Posted on June 14, 2010

  • Jeff B.

    Amen brother, I agree.. I also think we need to focus on the spiritual care of the parents as well, as they are the primary spiritual care givers of the youth. Youth ministry is not about hype and big events, youth ministry is about introducing youth to the saviour of the universe. Thanks for the great reminder! ;)

  • Thanks Jeff! I certainly agree about the need to get parents involved in the discipleship process. I have actually just finished writing my DMin. project on this topic. I called it "Parent-Driven Discipleship" and took our parents through a seminar that helped them recognize that they need to take on the primary role of discipling their teenagers. It was awesome and it has been a catalyst for parent involvement in our ministry. Keep up the fight!

  • Jeff B.

    Hey Mike, wondering if you would be willing to share with me that document, I would love to see what you have come up with, as our ministry is also working in this direction. Send me an email ( Would love ot hear from you, blessings.

  • Ya know, I think in the age of spiritual curiosity a lot of the time students come because they are genuinely interested in what we teach. Some come for the pizza or because their friends come or some other un-spiritual reason, but probably more than we think attend because they are genuinely curious. We do them a dis-service when we bait them with gimmicks.

    • I totally agree with you, Ray. Kid's don't need to be lured into church. If they come, they're not surprised to hear about "religion" nor do they need to be offered something "better" than God just to get their attention.

  • GG'ma B

    YESSSS!!! Pointing kids to HIM !!!

  • Love it, do you mind if I steal it and keep it in my library?

    BTW… If you don't tell me that you mind… I'm stealin' it. And it's going in my library.

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  • Good stuff! I think we have to be careful that we don't use a focus on the Word as a cop-out so as not to have a focus on REACHING OUT. Spiritual growth is only successful if we learn to balance it with a healthy dose of others centered ministry. Did Jesus not use physical things to attract people to His ministry (healings, feeding masses, the early church met social needs by dividing up wealth)?

    The Word has to be the meat of what we do. When everything boils down, kids should walk away with the Word. BUT, let's remember to meet needs in students where God has called us. My Dad always used to tell me "they won't care what you know until they know how much you care."

    Whether it a pizza blast at the school or a skate park out back for after the Service, I am ALL FOR showing kids we love them, care fir them, and have a desire to reach their friends with Christ.

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