I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in YJCC, and I decided to post it here; if this is the wrong forum, just let me know and I'll repost it there instead. My best friend is nineteen years old, a Christian, a college student, and a part-time youth pastor. Although she's been involved in youth ministry in various ways since high school, she's very new to the job -- she's only had it this past semester. Over this first semester, she's been trying to evaluate her methods and maybe adjust some things, particularly, I think, in the small Bibly Study segments she leads in youth group, but also in the program as a whole. She loves the job, she loves the kids (most of whom aren't that much younger than her, which is a mixed blessing), but she also takes the job very seriously and is quite hard on herself, and me never having been a very social nor a particularly devout individual, I often am not sure what to suggest. So I thought I'd see what kind of response I get here to the kinds of things I discuss with her about youth ministry. The Big Questions are: What is it that teenagers want to hear about? What do they need? What gets their attention? And how can she make things more relevant for them? We've come up with ideas certainly, but I would greatly appreciate any input or experience anyone else has that I could forward to her. Thanks!