NYI Talk: Students with No Church Background

Every church hopes to bring new students in while maintaining the discipleship journey of current students. But how do youth pastors and leaders balance the tension between the two? Matt Dennis, Youth Pastor at Turning Leaf Community Church in Phoenix, provides his perspective.

Spend some time reflecting on the questions below as an individual, or as a team, in light of your ministry context. Want to share your thoughts with the larger NYI community? Use #NYITalk on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to start the conversation.


  1. How do you help students understand the purpose behind the practices of the church?
  2. How do you balance your teaching between students who are new to the faith and students who are ready to go deeper?
  3. What resources do you share on a consistent basis with parents? What is one new resource you could begin providing parents with?