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An Annual Strategy for Your Youth Ministry Events

An Annual Strategy for Your Youth Ministry Events

Events are a pretty big deal for most youth ministries. They’re a way to have fun, connect with students and their families, get new people in the door, and create some excitement. Events matter, but we’ve got to keep things in perspective. That’s why we’re fans of...

Teaching

How to Use Grow Students Curriculum in 2 Different Weekly Programs

How to Use Grow Students Curriculum in 2 Different Weekly Programs

What's the first step to creating a service for your youth ministry? Most people might start by looking at teaching, activities, or videos. Some might even sort through their volunteers and see who's available to help. But if your youth ministry holds multiple...

How to Use Grow Kids Curriculum in 2 Different Weekly Programs

How to Use Grow Kids Curriculum in 2 Different Weekly Programs

What's the first step to creating a service for your kids ministry? Most people might start by looking at teaching, activities, or crafts. Some might even sort through their volunteers and see who's available to help. But if your kids ministry holds multiple services...

3 Formats for Taking Your Youth Ministry Online

3 Formats for Taking Your Youth Ministry Online

When you think of online church, you might think of the events during 2020. During the pandemic, churches around the world needed a way to reach their congregations when they couldn't be with them in person. Churches found ways to connect with their people creatively,...

Volunteers

An Annual Strategy for Leading Youth Volunteers from Grow Curriculum

An Annual Strategy for Leading Youth Volunteers from Grow Curriculum

Once in a while, we'll ask a whole bunch of church leaders this question: “What’s your biggest struggle in ministry?” Every time we ask, we get hundreds of responses back, and do you know what one of the most common answers always is? Volunteers. As we read through...

Discipleship

6 Things To Do When Your Youth Ministry Attendance Declines

6 Things To Do When Your Youth Ministry Attendance Declines

Okay, youth pastors. Picture this. It’s 15 minutes before your weekly program begins, and you’ve got everything planned. Your message is going to be awesome. You’ve got your best worship playlist cued up. You just stocked up on a fresh batch of Doritos. Plus, you’re...

6 Things To Do When Your Children’s Ministry Attendance Declines

6 Things To Do When Your Children’s Ministry Attendance Declines

Okay, children's ministry friends. Picture this. It’s 15 minutes before your weekly program begins and you’ve got everything planned. The lesson is going to be so good. Your room is packed with amazing props and visuals. You just stocked up on a fresh batch of...

Leadership

How to Do an Annual Planning Meeting for Your Youth Ministry

How to Do an Annual Planning Meeting for Your Youth Ministry

In youth ministry, we all know what it’s like to leave our planning to the last possible second. Maybe you started planning that big event of yours a few weeks too late and now you’re scrambling to get it all done. Or maybe you’re halfway through the school year when...

How to Do an Annual Planning Meeting for Your Kids Ministry

How to Do an Annual Planning Meeting for Your Kids Ministry

In kids ministry, we all know what it’s like to leave our planning to the last possible second. Maybe you started planning that big event of yours a few weeks too late and now you’re scrambling to get it all done. Or maybe you’re halfway through the school year when...

4 Things Every Ministry Leader Should Plan Each Week

4 Things Every Ministry Leader Should Plan Each Week

Every week in ministry, we face the same challenge — it's the challenge of simultaneously balancing ... The regular responsibilities of our jobs. The unexpected problems that always seem to pop up at the worst possible times. Our relationships of the people we lead,...

A Complete Children’s Ministry Strategy from Grow Curriculum

A Complete Children’s Ministry Strategy from Grow Curriculum

Have you ever been told you need a "strategy" for your children's ministry? You do need a strategy, but sometimes, when people talk about their ministry "strategy," they're not talking about strategy at all. Instead, they're talking about... A goal they want to reach....

Families

How to Use Grow Kids Curriculum in 2 Different Weekly Programs

How to Use Grow Kids Curriculum in 2 Different Weekly Programs

What's the first step to creating a service for your kids ministry? Most people might start by looking at teaching, activities, or crafts. Some might even sort through their volunteers and see who's available to help. But if your kids ministry holds multiple services...

2 Formats for Taking Your Children’s Ministry Online

2 Formats for Taking Your Children’s Ministry Online

When you think of online church, you might think of the events during 2020. During the pandemic, churches around the world needed a way to reach their congregations when they couldn't be with them in person. Churches found ways to connect with their people creatively,...

Events

An Annual Strategy for Your Youth Ministry Events

An Annual Strategy for Your Youth Ministry Events

Events are a pretty big deal for most youth ministries. They’re a way to have fun, connect with students and their families, get new people in the door, and create some excitement. Events matter, but we’ve got to keep things in perspective. That’s why we’re fans of...

Church Event Ideas

Church Event Ideas

Church is not only a great avenue to connect more with God, but it is also a place where individuals and families are looking for social gathering and community events. Coming up with new church event ideas can become difficult every year! Whether you are looking for...

Environments

6 Ways to Make a Stage Backdrop

6 Ways to Make a Stage Backdrop

Whether your ministry meets in a single classroom, a large theater with a stage, or that DIY video studio you made to help you through the pandemic, we all want our spaces to look good, right? If your space looks thrown together or run down, it can distract the kids...

15 No-Prep Indoor Games for Your Church’s Children’s Ministry

15 No-Prep Indoor Games for Your Church’s Children’s Ministry

If you’re like most kids ministry people, you probably have a love/hate relationship with games. They’re a necessary ingredient to an engaging kids service, but between the supplies, the prep, and the instructions, they can take so much effort. We get it. So here are...

15 No-Prep Indoor Games for Your Church’s Youth Ministry

15 No-Prep Indoor Games for Your Church’s Youth Ministry

If you’re like most youth ministry people, you probably have a love/hate relationship with games. They’re a necessary ingredient to an engaging youth service, but between the supplies, the prep, and the instructions, they can take so much effort. So, you end up...

Popular Posts

A Free Weekly Planner for Church Leaders!

A Free Weekly Planner for Church Leaders!

In ministry, it can sometimes feel like the only "routine" we have each week is planning to be surprised. We sit down to plan our teaching calendar when — surprise! A volunteer stops by the office for a chat. Or maybe you're getting ready to send your monthly parent email when a family needs your help. There are all sorts of reasons why our attention can be pulled from important parts of our ministry. And most often, these urgent needs override everything we planned to work on. It doesn't...

A 3-Year Teaching Strategy for Children’s Ministry from Grow Curriculum

A 3-Year Teaching Strategy for Children’s Ministry from Grow Curriculum

It's so important to have a strategy for what you'll teach kids. Without a strategy, we run the risk of missing important ideas, teaching only the topics that interest us most, and ultimately failing to give our kids a full and holistic view of God. Our goal should be to help kids grow spiritually by teaching and discussing Scripture in developmentally appropriate ways. So how do we do that? It comes down to what we teach every week, every month, and every year. And for kids, we also have to...

An Annual Teaching Strategy for Youth Ministry from Grow Curriculum

An Annual Teaching Strategy for Youth Ministry from Grow Curriculum

It’s so important to have a strategy for what you teach teenagers. Without a strategy, we run the risk of missing important ideas, teaching only the topics that personally interest us most, and ultimately failing to give teenagers a full and holistic view of God. So how do we do that? It comes down to what we teach every week, every month, and every year. And for teenagers, we also have to talk about how to communicate biblical truth in a way that connects with a teenager's needs and...

An Annual Strategy for Creating Engaging Children’s Ministry Environments

An Annual Strategy for Creating Engaging Children’s Ministry Environments

We all want to teach kids about Jesus more effectively, but let’s be honest — it’s not always easy. It’s challenging enough to teach adults, but to teach kids whose brains are in different stages of development than our own is a challenge most of us were never really trained to do. When we think about how to teach kids effectively, we probably jump immediately to thinking about our sermons or lessons. The truth is, the process of learning should begin the moment kids walk through our doors....

6 Things To Do When Your Youth Ministry Attendance Declines

6 Things To Do When Your Youth Ministry Attendance Declines

Okay, youth pastors. Picture this. It’s 15 minutes before your weekly program begins, and you’ve got everything planned. Your message is going to be awesome. You’ve got your best worship playlist cued up. You just stocked up on a fresh batch of Doritos. Plus, you’re finally going to cave and set up one of those Impossible Shot contests you've been seeing in every single youth ministry Facebook group. But now it’s 10 minutes until service begins and... well, you notice your crowd seems a little...

6 Things To Do When Your Children’s Ministry Attendance Declines

6 Things To Do When Your Children’s Ministry Attendance Declines

Okay, children's ministry friends. Picture this. It’s 15 minutes before your weekly program begins and you’ve got everything planned. The lesson is going to be so good. Your room is packed with amazing props and visuals. You just stocked up on a fresh batch of allergy-free snacks. Plus, you’re finally going to try out that new kids worship song you've been singing to yourself all week. But now it’s 10 minutes until service begins and . . . well, you notice your room is a little emptier than...