Transforming Teens through Small Groups

Recently while sitting at a round table discussion with several youth pastors I was surprised when one of them declared, “I hate small groups, they never work and so we don’t bother to have them anymore.”...

Don’t Freak Out!

Don’t Freak Out! That’s what I was telling myself when my middle school daughter stood at my bedroom door asking for a condom. Yes. My daughter was asking for a  c. o. n. d. o. m. I pretended to be calm an...

Two Inconvenient Boys

"If those two are allowed to keep coming, then my boys will not be coming to youth group anymore." This father's words were as hard as rock, and I knew it wasn't an idle threat. The anger that seeped through h...

Super Bowl Discussion Starter

Looking for a Bible Study / Discussion Starter on the Super Bowl? Try this! Ask: How many different animal-themed teams can you name? (Bears, Lions, Bengals, Ravens, Colts, Jaguars, Panthers, Falcons, Dolphin...

Screens and Small Groups

God works through small groups. At least that’s what we hope, don’t we? There’s a joy that comes with seeing students come together to dig into God’s word and each other’s lives. When small groups fu...

Reimagining Small Group Ministry

If you’re like me, small group ministry with students has been a bit of a challenge. In at least one of the ministries I’ve lead, my entire youth group would have been considered a small group. (ha!). Mor...

Adding Humility to our Teaching

I remember sitting in my first week of theology classes as an undergrad at Biola University. I was hearing many new terms such as propitiation, infallibility and incarnation, but the concepts were familiar. I...

2017 Themes

We're excited to announce our 2017 themes for YouthWorker Journal! YouthWorker Journal publishes a monthly digital magazine, and a quarterly print magazine. We also publish fresh content weekly over at the Yout...

17 Resolutions for 2017

Each year I resolve to do one thing that will improve my life. Whether you love resolutions or think they are dumb, here is a list of 17 things that could improve your quality of life in ’17. Read one ...