Youth Ministry

Seven ‘senses’ of teen leaders

From my 38 years in LCMS Youth Ministry, I’ve observed youth who make strong leaders to have certain God-given gifts in common.

Tips for Starting a Campus Ministry

Do you have a college near you? Would you like to learn how to begin a campus ministry there? There are a lot of things to consider when starting a campus ministry from scratch. Here are just a few. Purpose: Prayerful Consideration…

Cultivating a Pro-Life Culture on Intolerant College Campuses

We typically don’t view our nations colleges and universities as havens of virtue, but I have found that there is one virtue that nearly always reigns supreme at a given time in the academic square. The supreme virtue on college…

Some thoughts about Youth Polls

When we see positive data like the Youth Polls present, why wouldn’t we want that for all our teens? How are we investing in all youth?

4 leadership lessons from Rosa Young on leaving a lasting impact

Before Rosa Parks, there was Rosa Young. 4 leadership lessons from Rosa Young on leaving a lasting impact

2016 youth-ministry symposium explores confirmation

Presenters at the Jan. 14-16 event cover a range of aspects — including the involvement of parents and the Church in faith formation.

Commentary: What can we learn from 35 years of LYF youth polls?

Are young people’s attitudes and experiences any different in 2016 from what they were in 1980?

Embrace Technology when Confirming the Faith

Technology provides churches with a vast array of resources that, when used with deliberate care, can extend limited instruction time into the home and directly to the hands of students and families. In today’s tech driven world, consider how technology can expand the teaching of God’s Word into digital spaces.

Service Learning for Confirmation

Christ took the form of a servant, so we, too, should become servants to others. What students learn in Confirmation should motivate them towards a life that reflects God’s love. Here are three reasons service learning benefits Confirmation.

Kiessling takes helm of LCMS Youth Ministry

The Rev. Mark Kiessling begins serving as director of LCMS Youth Ministry, succeeding the Rev. Dr. Terry K. Dittmer.

Teen Leadership Training now open to congregational teams

The March 17-20 Lutheran Youth Fellowship training in St. Louis will focus on faith-sharing in the “digital age.”

Youth Ministry reaches funding goal to feed 500,000

The meals will be packaged by participants at the 2016 Youth Gathering in New Orleans.

Christian Children

My own children reminded me that our faith in Jesus begins at the font, flows from there into our homes and spills out further as we learn to navigate life in the world.

KFUO Audio: Lutheran Young Adult Corps

The Rev. Mark Kiessling and Julianna Shults, LCMS Office of National Mission, discuss the development of the new Lutheran Young Adult Corps. The Corps provides 2-10 month opportunities to serve for adults ages 18-26.

Symposium to focus on 21st-century confirmation issues

Registration is open for Youth Ministry 2016 — sponsored by LCMS Youth Ministry and set for Jan. 14-16 in St. Charles, Mo.

Good, Right and Beautiful

Marriage is one of the many gifts God gives to us. It is right, good and beautiful in His eyes.