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In defense of structure

on September 22, 2018 by

My new youth ministry met for the first time last week

“Traditional vows don’t mention...

on September 22, 2018 by

Geraldine used to tell us, “Don’t fight the feeling!” Well, perhaps there are times when we should.

Meet the ‘lawnmower parent&...

on September 22, 2018 by

The new helicopter parents of 2018

New York Fashion Week Spring Trends...

on September 21, 2018 by

Shop our fall picks from the best affordable fashion brands so you can get a head-start on the looks we love.

Navigating Screen Time And Device...

on September 21, 2018 by

54% of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen’s…

How winning friends may influence...

on September 21, 2018 by

While risky behaviors were examined in this study, McMillan said that friendship networks may also shape positive behaviors

college student mental health...

on September 20, 2018 by

World Health Organization finds that one in three college students worldwide have a mental health condition

Value: Teens with religious...

on September 20, 2018 by

Study: teens raised in a religious or spiritual environment may be less likely to do drugs and engage in risky sexual behaviors.

Sleep-deprived teen

on September 20, 2018 by

Fifty-six percent of parents of teens who have sleep troubles believe the use of electronics is hurting their child’s shut-eye.

4 Reasons Every Church Needs Older...

on September 19, 2018 by

Sometimes senior saints question their usefulness in the church as they age. ….they’re an essential part of the body of Christ

4 Ways To Partner With Parents

on September 19, 2018 by

… (even when you aren’t one)

Blind High School Football Player...

on September 19, 2018 by

Says he relies on instinct and guts — as well as his ears, to hear defenders coming

Raising Kids With Religion Protects...

on September 18, 2018 by

Kids and teens who are raised with religious or spiritual practices tend to have better health and mental health as they age.

Divorce Is Hard Enough On Children

on September 18, 2018 by

Why are our courts making it worse?

A Guide For Teachers On Helping...

on September 18, 2018 by

This resource covers four key elements which drive a successful family-school relationship

Mother Of MS-13 Victim Killed At...

on September 17, 2018 by

Evelyn Rodriguez was the outspoken mother of a daughter killed by alleged MS-13 gang members

Book: she ‘broke free’...

on September 17, 2018 by

“I want to draw attention to the dangers of sexual shaming and purity teachings.”

Seniors Sport Costumes For...

on September 17, 2018 by

Dressing up as famous cinematic characters and celebrities for their student ID photos, in a series of images that have since gone…

Teens Are Over Face-To-Face...

on September 16, 2018 by

Teens now say their favorite mode of communication is texting (35%), surpassing face-to-face communication (32%).

FDA Gets Tough On Juul, Other E...

on September 16, 2018 by

Calling the use of electronic cigarettes a burgeoning epidemic among teens, the U.S Food and Drug Administration announced a crackdown on the…

What’s Hot?

on September 16, 2018 by

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies

Family As A Picture Of The Gospel

on September 15, 2018 by

Scariness that comes with being part of a family in a fallen world?

Generation Atheism?

on September 15, 2018 by

How parents act on their religious beliefs linked to the onset of atheism in their children

Fruit Connection

on September 15, 2018 by

Fruit Connection

George Lockhart

A Christian is meant to stay connected to Christ just as a branch is connected to the vine. There is…

Where Do Millennials And Gen Z...

on September 15, 2018 by

23,000 Millennial and Gen Z workers listed their dream employers and there’s 1 key difference

Every Day Worship

on September 14, 2018 by

George  Lockhart

Lil Wayne Tried To Commit Suicide...

on September 14, 2018 by

In a new cover story with Billboard, Weezy talks more about the forthcoming album

Video Game Loss Caused Boy To ...

on September 14, 2018 by

Boy, 15, beheaded himself with chainsaw after losing computer game

Why Americans Go (And Don’t Go)...

on September 14, 2018 by

SECOND HIGHEST reason US adults attend church is because they want their children to have a moral foundation

Everyday Worship

on September 13, 2018 by

Everyday Worship

By George Lockhart
God sees us all the time and everywhere we are is training ground for the work of The Lord….

Movie: ‘Eighth Grade’ And The...

on September 13, 2018 by

For anyone seeking to understand and disciple today’s youth, Eighth Grade provides an insightful glimpse into their world

Kids Game Apps Have Been Collecting...

on September 13, 2018 by

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

How To Talk To Teens About Online...

on September 13, 2018 by

Use this script to kick off a conversation with your kid

Internet Safety: Should I Spy On My...

on September 12, 2018 by

but I’ve noticed these filters and monitoring software solutions also tend to build an “over-confidence” with parents who use them

Internet Safety: Manage Your Kid&...

on September 12, 2018 by

Sign in to review and manage your activity, including things you’ve searched for, websites you’ve visited, and videos you’ve watched.

Infographic: Teens Social Media...

on September 12, 2018 by

Teens with low social emotional well being experience more of the negative effects of social media and kids with high social emotional…

What’s Hot?

on September 10, 2018 by

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies

In Teen Friendships, Misery Does...

on September 10, 2018 by

A new study finds teens with similar levels of anxiety and depression are more likely to remain friends.

Religious Folks And Happiness

on September 10, 2018 by

New research suggests that people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday events

Advice For Teens Starting High...

on September 8, 2018 by

Lastly, look to the church for friendships. Sometimes, we think that with entering school, that’s where we need to find all of…

Will You Lose Your Faith In College...

on September 8, 2018 by

Three Ways Not to Wander

How To Engage Culture With Your...

on September 8, 2018 by

When Jesus saw our earthly culture he neither rubber stamped nor kept his distance. He entered our culture to challenge it

Declining Attendance And 7...

on September 7, 2018 by

In the past, people brought themselves to the message. Today, you bring the message to people

Flashback: 7 Disruptive Church...

on September 7, 2018 by

Churches who only think Sunday and who only think building will continue to shrink.

When A Gay Girl Meets A Good God

on September 7, 2018 by

Perry’s journey of faith isn’t your typical teenage coming-of-age story. Instead, hers is one that requires courage and conviction to speak and…

Can Your Soul Really Survive Social...

on September 7, 2018 by

Those who fall repeatedly for self-evidently absurd concepts on the internet are looking for a place to belong, and that’s the price

Truly Partnering With Parents

on September 6, 2018 by

Raising kids isn’t easy today. Most parents realize they can’t do it alone. And most will welcome help from caring people in…

Why I Wouldn’t Go To Your...

on September 6, 2018 by

Remember, if you want parents involved in your ministry, focus on their needs. Make parent meetings about the parents

10 Must Haves For Your Parent...

on September 6, 2018 by

Are you really taking advantage of your Parent Meetings?

8 Steps To Planning A Good Parent...

on September 6, 2018 by

How do we connect, engage and release parents to be the primary disciplers of their teenagers

Parent Meeting Agenda

on September 6, 2018 by

We typically do these short meetings after church in our youth area, which allows families to stay after church instead of making…

Keep Reading

on September 5, 2018 by

Here are some great books to help you in your leadership development

Questions To Ask Yourself

on September 5, 2018 by

How are you preparing yourself for the upcoming year? Take some time to ask questions of yourself

Spiritually Impacting Your Teens...

on September 5, 2018 by

5 surprisingly simple ways to have a great big spiritual impact on your teens this school year

Effective Youth Ministry

on September 4, 2018 by

10 Keys to Effective Youth Ministry

Flashback: 3 Reminders For Our...

on September 4, 2018 by

By God’s grace, knowing the true condition of their hearts and the reality of the world around them will help point them…

Impacting Middle Schoolers Faith

on September 4, 2018 by

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

Kickstarting Student Leadership

on September 4, 2018 by

“When starting student leadership it’s important to get the right students and avoid the wrong ones.”

Helping Parents Prioritize Faith

on September 3, 2018 by

If we’re not careful, the school year will come and go so fast that we might get to June and realize we’ve…

5 Books Every Youth Worker Should...

on September 3, 2018 by

I REALLY believe they will be a help to every Youth Pastor and Youth Worker.

5 Forgotten Skills Kids Should...

on September 3, 2018 by

With today’s technology overload, kids may benefit from embracing a few old ways

Navigating Screen Time

on September 2, 2018 by

Amid roiling debates about the impact of screen time on teenagers, roughly half of those ages 13 to 17 are themselves worried…

Teens Too Busy Texting And Online...

on September 2, 2018 by

One of every three American teens has not read a book just for the fun of it in a year

A Love-Hate Relationship Teenagers...

on September 2, 2018 by

Feelings of pressure to respond immediately to notifications, to a sense of being overwhelmed by the flow of messages and information they…

Transition From Children’s...

on September 1, 2018 by

Make sure the rising tweens have seen your face, know your name, and know details about your youth ministry

Before They Leave

on September 1, 2018 by

Our youth ministry is not the students’ church for the rest of their lives

4 Ways To Keep Up With Student...

on September 1, 2018 by

In other words, a teenager’s beliefs and values will be shaped by who or what they’re listening to

Helping Kids And Students Belong...

on August 31, 2018 by

In this episode, Eric Bryant, author of Not Like Me, talks about how we can help kids and students belong before they…

5 Fall Events Student Ministries...

on August 31, 2018 by

Not only engage the students you have but also reach new students and introduce them to what your ministry is all about

Teen Xanax Abuse Is Surging

on August 31, 2018 by

Melissa started using Xanax when she was in high school. they’re seeing a surge among adolescents and young adults

Orange Tour: A Huge Gift To Parents

on August 30, 2018 by

Orange Tour is a one-day event in 17 cities…Parent Cue Live is a two-hour experience help parents become more connected to your…

When Youth Pastors Leave Too Often

on August 30, 2018 by

Many times Youth Pastors leave too often. The damage left behind as a result can be devastating

10 Slang Terms Teens Use That...

on August 30, 2018 by

Why Do Students Invent and Use Different Terms?

20 Youth Pastor Expectations On Day...

on August 29, 2018 by

Youth Pastors tend to burn out so quickly are the expectations that are present from day one

Why Youth Pastors Leave

on August 29, 2018 by

Planning a lot of events and playing a lot of games is not the same as intentionally building relationships

Beyond The Honeymoon In Youth...

on August 29, 2018 by

3 Reasons You Should Stay in Your Current Youth Ministry Position

“The Rock” Sends Video...

on August 28, 2018 by

The other driver who was also killed. Was a YouTube star known online by his nickname, McSkillet.

How Do You Read the Bible? ...

on August 28, 2018 by

We recently surveyed over 6,000 people to learn about Bible study habits. In some cases, the results were quite convicting

Teaching Kids Theology

on August 28, 2018 by

8 Things to Remember When Teaching Kids Theology

So You Got A Parental Control …...

on August 27, 2018 by

A step-by-step plan for getting the most out of your parental controls, from installation to the day your kids can reliably manage…

Helping Relieve The Stress Of Back...

on August 27, 2018 by

So how can we help relieve the (back to school) stress students and families might be experiencing?

Back To School Prep For Youth...

on August 27, 2018 by

Here is a quick look at some of the things that you should consider as you get ready to start your fall…

4 Back To School Basics Sermon

on August 27, 2018 by

George Lockhart

Better Planning For A Better Fall

on August 27, 2018 by

Here are a few enhancements that you can make to your planning that will help your group to do better in the…

Belong: Parents’ Religious...

on August 26, 2018 by

Teens, especially girls, whose parents are religious may be less likely to die by suicide, no matter how they feel about religion…

Beloit College Mindset List For The...

on August 26, 2018 by

For this year’s entering college class of 2022, human beings have…

Dickies Are On Top of the World&...

on August 26, 2018 by

How the brand worn by generations of construction workers, coal miners, soldiers, and skaters became the coolest pants you can own

5 Ways To Follow Up After Camp

on August 25, 2018 by

Use camp to push students to regular programming

Beyond The Screen

on August 25, 2018 by

Youth Ministry for the Connected But Alone Generation

Hope And Healing For Kids Who Cut

on August 25, 2018 by

Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-Injure by Marv Penner

Youth Ministry On A Prayer

on August 24, 2018 by

We will fail to teach with the kind of passion that comes when our own discovery of the riches of God’s Word…

Youth Ministry Entering The Fall

on August 24, 2018 by

4 Questions to Ask

Post Summer Camp Follow Up

on August 24, 2018 by

Summer camp the most important things we think about but not only the camp itself, but what happens after the camp.

Leading A Special Needs Ministry

on August 23, 2018 by

Special needs ministry is no longer a niche topic, but at the heart of serving communities

How To Embrace Families With...

on August 23, 2018 by

In theory, everyone is welcome at church. In practice, that’s not always true for some children

Few Churches Are Autism Friendly

on August 23, 2018 by

Children with autism are almost twice as likely to never attend church. And children with other disabilities are often missing from the…

VMAs: Ariana Grande ‘The Last...

on August 21, 2018 by

‘The Last Supper’ For Epic Performance Of ‘God Is a Woman’

MTV VMAs 2018

on August 21, 2018 by

Complete Winners List

Flashback Study: Don’t Forget The...

on August 20, 2018 by

Family Relationships are Key to Kids’ Character Strengths

Engaging Parents

on August 20, 2018 by

The reality is that families wield influence over a child all through adolescence—in nearly every realm of their lives