Youth Leadership in Conflict: When Parents Become Concerned


Article by Danny Mitchell Home / Archives / Youth / Youth Leadership in Conflict: When Parents Become Concerned I often think of a paraphrase of an African proverb that a friend once told me when I hear about youth workers who are in conflict with parents. The proverb says “The only thing that gets hurt when horses fight is the grass [...]

Youth Leadership in Conflict: When Parents Become Concerned2023-03-24T11:17:00-05:00

Preventing Burnout


Article by Danny Mitchell I have been in youth ministry long enough to know that arguing with your senior pastor in a public setting does not bode well for personal job security. Yet, for a mind boggling thirty minutes I was doing just that at a recent staff retreat. Oblivious to the obvious discomfort of [...]

Preventing Burnout2023-03-24T11:17:09-05:00

The Pray for Me Campaign


Article by Danny Mitchell Because of the realities that a large percentage of young people who connect with the church during their teenage years will end up leaving the church as they move into adulthood and those who stay connected to the church had adult believers intentionally investing in their lives, Tony Souder, the executive [...]

The Pray for Me Campaign2023-03-24T11:17:15-05:00

The Fall, the Family, and the Covenant Community


By Danny Mitchell   The methodology of any church’s ministry to adolescents should grow out of a marriage between biblical theology and ministry context.  If we understand ministry to youth in its simplest form—believing adults from inside and outside the nuclear family who invest of themselves in children and youth— then we can begin to see [...]

The Fall, the Family, and the Covenant Community2023-03-24T11:24:13-05:00

Danny’s Suggestions for Christmas Gifts


Article by Danny Mitchell With the explosion in popularity of fiction books targeted at young adults, one might think that teenagers today are turning the current trend toward not wanting to read anything longer than text messages or tweets around. However, it seems like once you move away from teenage wizards named Harry and angst [...]

Danny’s Suggestions for Christmas Gifts2023-03-24T11:26:48-05:00

The Challenge of Discipling Youth in this Age of Indifference


Article by Danny Mitchell Home / Archives / Church Leadership / The Challenge of Discipling Youth in This Age of Indifference American young people are, theoretically, fine with religious faith-but it does not concern them very much, and it is not durable enough to survive on after they graduate high school. One more thing: we’re responsible. So begins Kenda Casey Dean’s [...]

The Challenge of Discipling Youth in this Age of Indifference2023-03-24T11:26:53-05:00

What Do Youth Ministers Do All Day?


Article by Danny Mitchell “I don’t believe I have seen you here before. Is this your first visit?” said the ruling elder to the young man one Sunday morning in the church parking lot. On the one hand, by attempting to greet a visitor he was doing something ruling elders ought to be doing. However, [...]

What Do Youth Ministers Do All Day?2023-03-24T11:27:04-05:00

Today’s Teenagers–The Future of the Church


Article by Danny Mitchell Perhaps I am a little biased on this subject, but I have to admit that each time I hear someone referring to high school students as the “future of the church” a part of me cringes, Don’t get me wrong. I agree with the idea that teenagers must be trained and [...]

Today’s Teenagers–The Future of the Church2023-03-24T11:27:09-05:00

When Kids Hurt: Help for Adults Navigating the Adolescent Maze


Article by Danny Mitchell What does an author do when he writes an academic youth ministry book that is critically acclaimed in youth ministry circles and sells beyond all expectations? Simple. He writes another book on the same topic only this time he joins with another expert in the field and moves from the academic [...]

When Kids Hurt: Help for Adults Navigating the Adolescent Maze2023-03-24T11:27:18-05:00
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