How to use Facebook for ministry
How to build community among teenagers
Technology I use in youth ministry [also posted here and here]
How to write Bible study lessons for youth group
Conversation starters to ask a student you just met [also posted here]
How to get parents involved in their kids’ lives
How to handle confrontation
How to teach students with learning disabilities
How to market your events
How to effectively use visual aids in teaching
How to make time for personal prayer and devotions
How to empower your youth leaders
How to follow-up with new believers
Using podcasts in youth ministry
How to engage students in worship
How to deal with a suicide in your ministry
Everything a youth worker should know about eating disorders
Addressing porn and masturbation at youth group
How to help parents prepare their students for college
Recommended books for every youth worker’s library
How teenage girls best relate to each other
How teenage guys best relate to each other
Teaching students to evaluate their media consumption
How to equip your students to achieve their dreams
Sermon presentations versus small group discussion Bible studies
Necessary elements for any youth meeting
Balancing youth group events with athletics, homework and jobs
How to achieve longevity in youth ministry
What students need from their youth leaders
How to take an idea and make it happen
How to plan a youth ministry budget
The real influence of celebrities on students
How to change a teenager’s world forever
Why youth ministers should read their students’ blogs [also posted here]
How to evaluate ministry and implement change
Addressing sin in your own life
How to make youth group visitors feel welcomed [and how NOT to here]
How to use the arts in youth group
The youth event no one has ever seen
What I wish every Sr. Pastor knew about youth ministry [ and What YPs should know about Sr. Pastors ]
Balancing youth ministry with my personal life
The difference between part-time and full-time youth ministry
How to fix your mistakes in ministry
How to develop students to be spiritual leaders
When I feel frustrated in ministry… [or with colleagues]
Youth group strategies for evangelism
How to come up with creative ideas
How NOT to introduce visitors to the youth group
What every youth worker needs to know about Jr. High students
What every youth worker needs to know about Sr. High students
How to earn the trust and respect of your Sr. Pastor
How to lead a youth group when you’re the only volunteer
How to help a student break an addiction
How to teach through a book of the Bible
What youth group students need from each other
Internet tools I use for youth ministry
How to develop a world missions strategy for your youth group
How to simplify your life and ministry
The future of youth ministry
How NOT to use video in youth ministry
How to handle the most common youth ministry struggles
How to keep God’s Word fresh for teenagers
How to work in a church that doesn’t support it’s youth ministry
What to do with “God sightings” stories in your youth group
Tools for working with hurting teenagers
How to get kids plugged in to God’s Word
Youth ministry topics that need more coverage
How to become a student-led youth group
Expectations to hold for any youth worker volunteer
How to turn conversations toward Christ
How to respond to criticism
Ten youth ministry sites I like and why
How to work with the hyper-active kid
How to address self-esteem at youth group
How to get your kids sharing and contributing to small groups
A story of how Christ changed my youth group
When to let go of a student and trust God take care of the rest
How to recharge your emotional batteries
How youth ministry made me go crazy!
How to make the most of a youth group retreat
How to shake a student from their apathy for God’s Word
Things to consider before purchasing a curriculum
American youth ministry and how I would change it
How to give yourself away
How NOT to give advice to a student
The top 10 excuses every youth leader makes
The top 10 excuses every youth group student makes
How to settle a disagreement with your Sr. Pastor
Common mistakes to avoid in youth ministry
Guidelines to follow for selecting new youth leaders
How to facilitate communication between students and parents
How to partner with parents in youth ministry
Reaching rural kids versus reaching urban kids
How to support a student through difficult times
The #1 best thing you can do for the kids in your youth group
How to promote an attitude of prayer in daily life
How the Internet is changing students’ perspective of community
Why I’m in youth ministry today
A passage of scripture every student should know
How to get students involved in the rest of the church body
Do you have a stronger vision for your youth ministry than you do for your family?
Where does most of your best creative energy go: to the youth ministry or to your family?
Do you pour more energy into spiritual conversations with church members or with your family?
Does your family feel like ministry is something that unites you together as a team or something that just pulls you away from them?
Do your actions reflect that your family is your primary ministry and passion?
What’s your discipleship plan for your spouse and children?
1. How do I know what God’s will is? How do I know if I’m called to ministry?
2. What’s wrong with rock/country/CCM/jazz music? How can you tell what music is good and what is bad?
3. What do you do if you have parents/siblings who are living the wrong way? (one way in church, another way at home, dad on the internet) How do you avoid wrong influences when you live with them?
4. How do you take a stand with your friends/what do you do when you have a friend that is becoming rebellious?
5. How do you separate from bad friends without hurting them or making them think you’re stuck up? How can I be a witness to my friends and still be accepted?
6. What’s dangerous or wrong with being physical before marriage?
7. Why is it so hard to be consistent in the Christian life as a teenager?
8. What is appropriate and modest clothing for a Christian and why?
9. What’s wrong with … (fill in the blank with some area of separation)?
10. How do you get over/deal with a broken relationship (dating & friendships)?
11. Why does God allow trials/temptations to come into our lives?
12. What does having a relationship/walk with God really mean?
13. Should I consider going to a Christian college and why?
14. In dealing with authority, how can I explain things or make a point without sounding argumentative or disrespectful? Why do authority figures sometimes assume they know what you are thinking?
15. How do I deal with people and problems in my life that have hurt me deeply?
The five people you know who have had the biggest impact on your faith
The five people you’ve never met who have had the biggest impact on your faith
Write a letter to your new Christian self
The thing that refreshes your soul
How giving has blessed your life
Your most fervent prayer that has not been answered yet
The prayer God answered in the most unexpected way
Tell how your faith has changed over the years
Legacy of faith from a parent or grandparent
When a child or spouse does not believe
The thing you wrestled with God over
Biggest struggle you’re facing in your faith
The Christian Life
Christian date night ideas:
Your quiet time space or routine
Three things only Christians understand
Most impactful Christian books
Favorite Christian blogs
Your faith-based bucket list
Faith goals for your family
Four things Christians should stop doing
Four things Christians to do more
The spiritual lesson most difficult to learn
Most important thing you’ve learned from a TV preacher
Best Christian concert you’ve been to
What newlyweds should know about faith
Favorite things about your pastor or other church leader:
Where you serve
What is baptism like at your church?
The funniest thing that happened in church
Favorite choir or dramatic presentation
Five things you love about your church
Show us your church tour
Youth group memories
How to choose a church
Favorite church tradition
Mission trip memories
Most eventful church trip
How to make friends in a new church
10 important things you learned in Sunday school
The best sermon you ever heard
Favorite hymn or worship song
Most embarrassing thing that has happened to you at church
Favorite church potluck dish
Best idea for a youth event
Best idea for a small group fellowship
When it’s time to make a change in church or Bible study group
Talking to your children about sitting in church
Fun events and projects for your women’s ministry
Best Sunday school teacher ever
Story of how your church or ministry was formed
The Bible question you’ve never asked:
Favorite Bible verse
Favorite Bible character
Current Bible study plan
A Bible that has a special meaning
Burning questions for Bible characters
How to memorize scripture
Best Bible study
Tips & Tools
Favorite faith based app:
Favorite office supplies for Bible study
Favorite paper Bible study tools
Favorite digital Bible study tools
Best place to shop for Christian gift books and supplies
Gift ideas for your Christian friend
Apologetics Questions to write about:
1. What key arguments are there for (and against) God’s existence?
2. What are the practical implications of an atheistic worldview?
3. Why would a good God allow evil to exist?
4. Why would a good God allow suffering to exist?
5. Why would God command the death of so many people in the Bible (e.g., the Canaanites)?
6. How can a loving God send people to hell?
7. Why does God remain so “hidden?”
8. Why does the “Old Testament God” seem different than the “New Testament God?”
9. Why would God need people to worship Him (isn’t that egotistical and arrogant)?
Questions About Truth and Worldviews:
10. What is the difference between absolute and relative truth?
11. How can it be reasonable for Christians to claim knowledge of an objective truth?
12. What is the role and danger of using “common sense” in evaluating truth claims?
13. Isn’t hell an unreasonable punishment for not believing in a specific set of truth claims?
14. How can Christians think their personal religious experiences with God are any more “true” than those of adherents to other belief systems?
15. Do all religions ultimately point to the same God? Why or why not?
16. What are key similarities and differences between the world’s major religions (e.g., Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism)?
17. Is Christianity a less intelligent worldview than atheism? Why or why not?
Questions About Jesus_
18. What extra-biblical evidence is there that Jesus existed (as a historical person)?
19. What major Old Testament prophecies did Jesus fulfill?
20. Was Jesus wrong about the timing of his second coming? Why or why not?
21. What are the key passages in the Bible that show Jesus claimed to be God?
22. What does the Bible say about the exclusivity of Jesus with regard to salvation?
23. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross for our sins to be forgiven (couldn’t God have just pardoned sins without a gruesome death involved)?
24. What are the four minimal facts of the resurrection that are “so strongly attested historically that they are granted by nearly every scholar who studies the subject, even the rather skeptical ones?”
25. What are the main theories non-believers have about the resurrection (e.g., unknown tomb, wrong tomb, disciples stole the body, authorities hid the body, etc.)?
26. Why do Christians believe a supernatural (bodily) resurrection explains the minimal facts better than all the other theories?
27. Why does it matter whether or not Jesus was resurrected (and that the resurrection wasn’t simply a metaphor)?
Questions About the Bible:
28. Who selected what books are in the Bible?
29. How were the books of the Bible selected?
30. Why were some “books” we know about today (e.g., the Gospel of Thomas) left out of the Bible?
31. How can we know that the Bible we have today is a reliable record of the original writings?
32. What major “contradictions” exist in the Bible (and what are the explanations)?
33. Does the Bible support slavery? Why or why not? (Don’t laugh at this and the next two questions…these come up constantly in discussion with atheists.)
34. Does the Bible support rape? Why or why not?
35. Does the Bible support human sacrifice? Why or why not?
36. What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
37. How do Christians determine what parts of the Bible are prescriptive and which are descriptive?
Young Earth Creationism:
38. What is Young Earth Creationism (YEC)?
39. What are key pieces of scriptural support for the YEC interpretation of creation in six 24-hour days?
40. How do YECs determine that the earth is 6,000-10,000 years old?
Evidence for an Old Earth (i.e., billions of years old):
41. What areas of science have implications for the age of the earth?
42. What are major methods scientists use to estimate the age of the earth, and what is their consensus on the estimate?
43. What is the relationship between belief in a global flood and the age of the earth?
Old Earth Creationism:
44. What is “Old Earth Creationism (OEC)?”
45. What are the major reasons OECs reject the YEC interpretation of creation?
46. What are the key pieces of scriptural support for the OEC interpretation?
47. What is Intelligent Design?
48. Why do Intelligent Design proponents consider it a scientific theory and not a religious one?
49. What are the major reasons Intelligent Design proponents reject evolution as a sufficient explanation for the existence of life?
50. What does it mean that the universe appears to be “finely tuned?”
51. What is evolution (from a purely scientific perspective)?
52. What are the key pieces of evidence for evolution?
53. What are the key questions evolution has not answered?
54. What do people mean when they talk about “macroevolution” versus “microevolution”?
55. Why do evolutionists reject the theory of intelligent design?
56. What are the theological implications for an acceptance of evolution?
57. What are the theological implications specifically for Adam and Eve not being literal, historical people?
Other Science and Christianity Questions:
58. Why would Jesus-loving, Bible-believing Christians differ on their view of origins?
59. How can Christians believe miracles are possible, given what we know about science (e.g., the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection)?
Other Important (and Common) Questions:
60. What does it mean (biblically) to have faith, and how is that different than the popular definition of faith?
61. If Christianity is true, why are there so many Christians whose lives look no different than those of non-believers (aren’t many Christians hypocrites)?
62. Why are there so many denominations (and does the fact of many denominations invalidate the truth of Christianity)?
63. Is Christianity “responsible” for millions of deaths throughout history? Why or why not, and what implications does the answer have for the evaluation of Christian truth claims?
64. What happens to people who have never heard the Gospel?
65. Why don’t miracles happen as frequently today as they did in the Bible?
The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and that He will personally return in power and glory.
That for the salvation of lost and sinful men and women, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved into the resurrection of life, and they that are lost into the resurrection of damnation.
In the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.