In an article for, Greg Stiers writes about three trends for youth ministry in 2011. One of those: Prayer will become a bigger priority.

“As church budgets continue to get slashed because of the stagnant economy, youth leaders will be ‘forced’ to turn to prayer instead of money to drive their youth ministry programming. Youth leaders will spend more time in the prayer closet and less time shopping for the latest youth ministry BSO’s (Bright Shiny Objects) because they will have less money to shop with!

“The money that youth leaders still have in their budgets will be used to purchase [curricula] that will exponentially help their youth groups grow deeper and/or wider in a significant way. Youth leaders will just say no to the stuff of fluff. Youth ministries in 2011 will be more effective because they will be patched together with prayer and duct tape instead of the latest/greatest youth ministry fads.” (Click here to read the full article.)

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