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3 Tips for Creating a Plan for Your Youth Group

Are you much of a planner? Sometimes the thought of trying to plan a year for youth ministry is overwhelming - I've tried to distill what we do annually into a three step process. This hopefully helps! The first step… Why do you want or need a plan? Is it because you...

The Great Balancing Act of Work and Family

I never fully realized how much of a struggle it would be to balance family and work life. I thought being a Youth Pastor meant my family would somehow be integrated into the work I do. This is true sometimes; however, my kids are young and require a good deal of...

Soul Care: Reflecting Through God’s Eyes

“I am going to do it anyway…” Not to put all the blame on God, but he did make me this way. That statement is not one I often recommend falling back on, but sometimes the process of Spiritual Formation isn’t about learning something new, but instead taking something...

YP Fail: Don’t Forget Your Leaders

My worst fail was not youth-ministry-related, but it did happen in church. It involved an advent candle I forgot to blow out that led to a fire that burned part of the stage and caused the church to smell like smoke for a month. Let’s just say I haven’t lived that one...

Transformation Through Belonging

I will never forget the first day she came to youth group. She stood in the back behind the counter with her arms folded. Everything in her face seemed to scream to the world to leave her alone! So I made sure to give her an extra warm greeting despite the signals she...


Studies indicate that community and relationships are key facets that connect adolescent students to a youth ministry context, as well as lasting church engagement.  The call of the church has been and always will be to create a community and family of God – and expression of God’s love. In this curriculum we want to take the opportunity to discuss some of the realties, difficulties, and hurdles to experiencing community and relationship during this phase of life.

In the Vineyard we believe that God cares equally about every race, ethnicity, and gender. But a question that many of us still ask is a simple but important one: How do we do life with people who are different from us? Our hope is that this series will challenge your teens and give them the tools and passion necessary to better embrace those around them that are different from them so that the love of Jesus may be put on display through their lives.

In the Vineyard we see the theology and practice of the Kingdom of God as core to who we are. It is foundational to all that we believe. In this set of lessons, our hope is to give pre and early teens an opportunity to learn about the theology and practice of the Kingdom of God through discussions and activities that will help students both learn about and experience the kingdom by way of the parable of the soil from Matthew 13.

In the Vineyard we believe that learning to hear God’s voice is a foundational skill we all should grow in throughout our lives. Sometimes hearing God’s voice can start to feel intimidating though, or like it is only for certain people. In this curriculum book we want to give teens the opportunity to not only learn about how God wants to speak to them because he loves them, but also to experience it and grow in confidence.