We believe that the purpose of youth ministry is to help teenagers develop spiritual disciplines, or holy habits, that will serve to broaden their relationships with Jesus Christ and lead them to live lives that are overtly Christ-centered.
If a youth group leader can help a teenager develop the habit of reading Scripture and seeking God’s presence in prayer everyday, then he or she has made a major impact on that person’s life. That teenager will likely take that habit to college and on into adult life, laying the groundwork for healthier relationships, higher moral standards, and stronger marriages.
Certainly all youth group leaders have told their kids to read their Bibles. Most are sure that doesn’t work. To effectively facilitate those holy habits, we need to make it ridiculously convenient for our teenagers to approach the Scripture and discover its significance.
DailyDevos.org exists to help facilitate the development of holy habits among teenagers by providing youth with faithfully-written and easy-to-understand daily devotions, free of charge.
Our Daily Devos are compiled into a weekly PDF publication. Youth group leaders can download this PDF document and make as many copies as necessary for the teenagers in their ministries. We have obtained written permission allowing for the reprinting of the Scripture text. These Downloadable Devos Sheets are offered free of charge.
Neal Bowes is the Director of Spiritual Programs with Appalachia Service Project, a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair and replacement in Central Appalachia. For sixteen years, he served as the Director of Youth Ministries at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He is the co-author of What I Believe: A Journey Through the Christian Faith from Beginning to Beginning, was on the writing team for The Amazing Bible Race, and has written several pieces of youth curriculum for the United Methodist Publishing House.
Neal started writing devotions for the members of his youth ministry in 2005. Soon after, he felt led to share that resource via the Internet, so, DailyDevos.org was born.
Yeah, free. There are no subscription fees. That pretty much means that we have no advertising budget. So please, do what you can to spread the word about DailyDevos.org.
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