Youth Ministry in the 21st Century The Encyclopedia of Practical Ideas

ISBN-10: 0764430769

ISBN-13: 9780764430763

Edition: 2006

Authors: Rick Lawrence, Group Publishing Staff

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Revolutionary Findings From The National Study of Youth and Religion Groundbreaking Insights and Fresh Tools for Youth Ministry Over 100 Practical Ideas Inside! This volume focuses on eight revolutionary findings from The National Study of Youth and Religion. You'll gain powerful insights and tons of practical ideas to immediately use in your ministry. Includes worship ideas, discussion starters, object lessons, ideas for family activities, outreach, and much more.
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Group Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/7/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Rick Lawrence is an author, speaker, and church leader. For twenty-six years he's been executive editor of GROUP Magazine, and serves on the leadership team of the Simply Youth Ministry Conference. He has authored hundreds of magazine articles and is the author, coauthor, or editor of thirty-four books. More about Rick can be found on and

Contributorsp. 8
Forewordp. 10
Using This Resourcep. 13
The Basics of Faith
Back to the Basicsp. 15
Ministry Toolsp. 26
Strategy Idea/Study, Schmudyp. 26
Game Idea/I'll Take High School for 100p. 27
Larger Church Connection/The Membership Pledgep. 29
Small Group Discussion/The Bottom Linep. 29
Bible Study/Degree in God Studiesp. 31
Creative Research/Charting Churchesp. 32
Faith Exploration/Creating a Creedp. 33
Field Trip/Faith Field Tripp. 36
Devotion/To the Heart of Beliefp. 36
Art Idea/The Artwork of Godp. 38
Scavenger Hunt Idea/Photo Faithp. 39
Affirmation Idea/The Bible Tells Me Sop. 40
Assessment Tool/Faith Basics Surveyp. 40
Everyday Faith
A Faith That Mattersp. 43
Ministry Toolsp. 50
Affirmation Idea/Affirmation, Affirmation, Affirmationp. 50
Outreach Idea 1/Sidewalk Schoolp. 51
Outreach Idea 2/Letters of Encouragementp. 52
Small Group Discussion/Who Do I Know?p. 52
Mission Trip Idea 1/Adventure Journalp. 55
Mission Trip Idea 2/Adventure Debiefp. 56
Media Connection/Act It Outp. 58
Discussion Starter/Exploring Guys and Girlsp. 59
Game Idea/Keys to God's Heartp. 62
Illustration/Graveyard vs. Constructionp. 67
Creative Research/Rated "R" for Restrictedp. 70
Service Idea/Go Where They Arep. 71
Role-Play Idea/God Viewp. 72
Assessment Tool/Faith Invasionp. 73
Suggested Resourcesp. 75
Faith Expressed
God Talkp. 77
Ministry Toolsp. 83
Small-Group Activity/Personal Stories of Faithp. 83
Outreach Event/Can You Hear Me?p. 85
Art Idea/"Here I Am" Collagep. 86
Devotion 1/First Things Firstp. 87
Devotion 2/Beatitudinalp. 88
Leadership Training/Senior Legacyp. 89
Field Trip/Following Jesus From Here to Therep. 90
Experiential Worship Idea/Duct-Tape Gospelp. 91
Prayer Idea/A Little BIG Prayerp. 92
Service Idea/Quiet Servicep. 94
Small-Group Activity/Faith Translationp. 95
Media Connection/Outside Messagesp. 96
Suggested Resourcesp. 97
Spiritual Training
Training Teenagers for Spiritual Growthp. 99
Ministry Toolsp. 105
Bible Exploration/Maybe Monksp. 105
Holiday Idea/Mark Your Calendarp. 107
Bible Study/Reading the Lines-and In-Between the Linesp. 109
Prayer Idea 1/Getting It Writep. 110
Prayer Idea 2/The Follower's Prayerp. 111
Service Idea 1/Generating Generosityp. 114
Service Idea 2/Get the Message?p. 115
Experiential Worship Idea/Through the Mazep. 116
Devotion/The Sound of Silencep. 118
Strategy Tool/Prayer Blogp. 119
Suggested Resourcesp. 119
The Urgency of Friend Makingp. 121
Ministry Toolsp. 129
Object Lesson 1/The Web of Communityp. 129
Object Lesson 2/Another Piece in the Puzzlep. 130
Application Idea/Two-Question Conversationp. 131
Game Idea/Hide-and-Seekp. 132
Small-Group Discussion/Here for Each Otherp. 133
Special Event 1/Mother's Day and Father's Day Remixp. 134
Special Event 2/Here-to-There Eventsp. 135
Affirmation Idea 1/Celebrating One Anotherp. 136
Affirmation Idea 2/Nice Guys, Cool Girlsp. 137
Discussion Starter/Question Promptersp. 138
Field Trip/Fun and Trustp. 140
Larger Church Connection/What Is "Big Church"?p. 141
Ministry Team Idea/Leader Pactp. 142
Art Idea/In the Zonep. 143
Bible Exploration/Love and Unityp. 144
Experiential Worship Idea/Friendship Surrenderp. 145
Ready-To-Go Form/Create-a-Youth Notebookp. 146
Suggested Resourcesp. 146
Partnering With Parentsp. 149
Ministry Toolsp. 156
Special Event/Family Dinnerp. 156
Newsletter Idea/Dear Parentsp. 158
Ready-To-Go form/Behind-the-Scenes Parentsp. 158
Training Idea/Parent Seminarp. 160
Affirmation Idea 1/Notecard Partyp. 161
Affirmation Idea 2/Encourage Themp. 162
Ministry Strategy 1/Parent Get-Togetherp. 164
Ministry Strategy 2/Tuesdays With Morrie...Er...Youp. 165
Quotations/Quotes to Parent Byp. 166
Writing Idea/To My Parentp. 167
Creative Discussion/Heart-to-Heartp. 169
Topic Exploration/Dating My Parents' Wayp. 170
Application Idea/Date Nitep. 172
Suggested Resourcesp. 173
Outreach and Evangelism
Reclaiming Evangelismp. 175
Ministry Toolsp. 184
Special Event/Snack and Yakp. 184
Movie Idea/How Many Thumbs Up?p. 185
Service Idea 1/Soup Kitchen Potluckp. 186
Service Idea 2/All Expenses Paidp. 187
Outreach Idea 1/Just Becausep. 188
Outreach Idea 2/The Bigger Picturep. 189
Application Idea/Dialp. 191
Scavenger Hunt Idea/A Window to My Worldp. 192
Topic Exploration/Turning Up the Volume With No Wordsp. 193
Creative Discussion/Our Messagep. 194
Service Idea 3/Errand Expressp. 195
Service Idea 4/Doing the Dirty Workp. 196
Suggested Resourcesp. 197
Caught in the Postmodern Crack?p. 199
Ministry Toolsp. 206
Service Idea/Wash My Feetp. 206
Prayer Idea 1/"Today in the News" Prayerp. 207
Prayer Idea 2/Look at Me...Pray for Mep. 208
Movie Idea/Youth Group at the Moviesp. 209
Special Meeting Idea/Walk a Mile in My Shoesp. 210
Bible Exploration/A Text Without a Contextp. 211
Ministry Team Idea/Turn Up the Radiop. 212
Message Idea/Message From Mep. 213
Faith Exploration/I See Dead Peoplep. 214
Object Lesson/When We Drop the Ballp. 215
Experiential Worship Idea/Active Silencep. 216
Art Idea/Artistic Expressionp. 218
Music Idea/A Song for Mep. 219
Suggested Resourcesp. 221
Group Publishing's Youth Ministry Resourcesp. 222
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