From Chuck Warnock:
Here are Chuck’s five ideas for transformational youth ministry. I think he has hit the nail on the head. For more on these click the link above.
1. Build relationships. While this doesn’t sound like new advice, both Park and Zach see relationships with teens as the number one key to effective youth ministry. “Kids don’t need more ‘hello’ friends,” Park noted. Building relationships is really about building trust between adult leaders and youth group members.
2. Share ministry. This one is interesting. It is suggested that there be a 1 to 8 adult to teen ratio for the most effective youth ministry.
3. Create safe space.
4. Listen and confront.
5. Engage in service.
Youth ministry doesn’t have to spend a fortune or put on a rock concert to be effective in reaching junior high and high schoolers for Christ. Personal relationships, adult mentors, honest conversation, and opportunities to help others create an atmosphere where students feel they belong, and eventually are able to believe.
There is some great stuff here. I encourage you to check out the whole article.