The Christmas season has a lot of movement. People are usually stressed and borderline psycho during a time when they should be slow and reflective. The pace quickens: Christmas parties, visiting family, special church services, and last minute shopping. Everything seems more urgent.

With a little intentionality, this season can become a natural time to reflect on the important things in life. So, instead of singing the 12 days of Christmas (which we would love to do, but you would hate it), we thought we’d share 12 things we love about youth ministry:

Josh Griffin and Doug Fields have teamed up to write a new book for small group
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1. Youth Ministry is fun! How often do you see the ushers or senior pastors playing red rover while blindfolded?

2. Youth Ministry makes a real difference for the Kingdom. Teenagers are not the church of the future, they are the church of TODAY.

3. Youth Ministry helps students connect to their passion. Students are old enough to be discovering WHAT MOVES THEM, but not yet old enough to be dulled by disappointment and lulled into apathy.

4. Youth Ministry is direct, teenagers often speak their mind even if it’s not polite or acceptable…which we find refreshing.

5. Youth Ministry attracts fun people, and it’s great to be serving alongside the most fun people in the church.

6. Youth Ministry is strategic. The decisions teenagers make during adolescence have implications for the rest of their life.

7. Youth Ministry is catalytic. Students can be quick to take risks and rise to challenges without a lot of excuses or “experience” that holds them back.

8. Youth Ministry lasts longer than pop culture. When teenagers return from college to volunteer in youth ministry you can both laugh at their fading fads.

Josh Griffin and Doug Fields have teamed up to write a new book for small group
leaders. Check out 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders here.


9. Youth Ministry is a constant stream of blessings. We all know the secret: working with teenagers produces fruit in our own lives. Sometimes it’s so great doing youth ministry that we feel guilty for calling it “ministry!”

10. Youth Ministry lasts longer than the annoying students. You can outlast them because they will eventually graduate from your ministry. It’s okay, you can be thankful for that reality, we’re just keeping it real!

11. Youth Ministry “feeds” students who are so hungry to know Jesus.

12. Youth Ministry is unpredictable. CHAOS: anytime and anywhere and anything can happen. It’s fun and exciting and often painful.

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