State of Youth Ministry


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What's Going on in Youth Group? And is it Working? 

Over the past 50 or so years, a program focused specifically on teens has become a standard part of nearly every church’s ministry. But from church to church, these programs are anything but standard.

Just what, exactly, is youth ministry for, and how do churches measure success? The State of Youth Ministry contains the findings of three nationwide studies among youth pastors, senior pastors and parents of teens.

In this research commissioned by Youth Specialties and YouthWorks, Barna discovered:

  • What parents are looking for in a church youth program
  • How youth leaders and senior pastors define the purpose and priorities of youth ministry
  • The specific activities, events and learning opportunities that churches offer to teens
  • What leaders say are the biggest challenges facing effective youth ministry today