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The CDC, Teen Risks, And Who Is...

on June 23, 2018 by

Fewer high school students are drinking, having sex and using drugs… but still “leaves room for concern.”

I’m A Pastor And I Want You...

on June 23, 2018 by

When believers approach their individual involvement and commitment in a casual manner it weakens the entire body of Christ and the impact…

‘Gatsbying’ Is The...

on June 23, 2018 by

You’re doing it all just for the attention of that one person

I’m Not Your Youth Pastor...

on June 22, 2018 by

Last summer I left that church to take another. I swore to myself that I wouldn’t interfere with my successor’s ministry

The Battle Of Boredom

on June 22, 2018 by

It never fails, right? Summer shows up, and with it, our kids’ ability to be entertained for longer than five minutes at…

Pen And Paper Beats Laptop For...

on June 22, 2018 by

Even though technology allows us to do more in less time, it does not always foster learning

The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today...

on June 20, 2018 by

How to raise mentally healthy children in today’s environment

MTV Awards: Chris Pratt Shares...

on June 20, 2018 by

The star used his time on stage to share some advice with fans that included references to his faith

Anna Farris’ ex Chris Pratt...

on June 20, 2018 by

The “Overboard” actress recently admitted that the former couple’s social media presence added to the pressure after their breakup.

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018...

on June 19, 2018 by

The Complete List

20 Camp And Retreat Hacks

on June 19, 2018 by

Even if you have your plans made here are 20 hacks you could still use to enhance your time away…

Building On The Youth Camp Or...

on June 19, 2018 by

4 Strategies to Build on the Youth Camp, Conference or Retreat Experience

Video Game Addiction Is A Mental...

on June 19, 2018 by

The World Health Organization thinks so – but some mental health experts strongly disagree

Book: “Future Faith”

on June 18, 2018 by

Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century”

You Asked: Should I Ditch My...

on June 18, 2018 by

smartphone’s…endless stream of distractions may be causing more harm than good.

Grace And Truth

on June 18, 2018 by

How can we maintain that tender balance between grace and truth that marked the life and ministry of our Savior, and must…

More Teens Than Ever Would Try...

on June 17, 2018 by

One in four U.S. high school seniors would try marijuana or use it more often if it was legal, and that rate,…

People Will Spend More Time Online...

on June 17, 2018 by

Next year, people around the world will spend more time online than they do watching TV, according to new data from measurement…

For Teens, More Screen Time Tied To...

on June 17, 2018 by

Greater amounts of daily screen time are associated with more insomnia symptoms and shorter sleep duration among adolescents.

Help Me With… Camp

on June 14, 2018 by

Blog posts to help you with all things camp…

5 Tips For Hosting Next-Level Camp...

on June 14, 2018 by

And, if Camp is the most important event of our summer, those games need to be next-level. How can I ramp up…

Millennials Reveal Their Top 100...

on June 14, 2018 by

However, the generation’s favorite brands may not be what you’d guess.

Flashback: Teens On Edge

on June 12, 2018 by

The Causes of Growing Anxiety in Today’s Kids

Is Gen Z Prepared To Follow Jesus

on June 12, 2018 by

Why Gen Z Is Not Prepared To Follow Jesus In A Post-Everything World

Values: Setting Better Examples For...

on June 12, 2018 by

Ten Ways “Grown-up” Christians Can Set a Better Example for Gen Z on Social Media

Cyberbullying

on June 12, 2018 by

The risks and helping your child recover

Is Gen Z The Most Success-Oriented...

on June 12, 2018 by

Personal achievement, whether educational or professional (43%), and hobbies and pastimes (42%) are the things most central to Gen Z’s identity.

The Sin Of Silence

on June 12, 2018 by

The epidemic of denial about sexual abuse in the evangelical church

“Soulcraft”: Rethinking The...

on June 12, 2018 by

The skills of getting into college undermine the confidence to thrive once there

Study: Depression Striking More...

on June 12, 2018 by

There’s been a sharp spike in cases of major depression among teens and millennials

What’s Hot?

on June 12, 2018 by

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

Selfies And Teenage Body Image

on June 12, 2018 by

Teens who were more invested in their selfies, spending more time choosing a photo or editing it, were more dissatisfied with their…

What Parents Need To Know About...

on June 7, 2018 by

15% of young people self-harm. 34% begin between the ages of 17 and 20, can start as young as 12 or even…

Reflections on 34 Years in the...

on June 7, 2018 by

For the first time in over 3 decades I don’t have “youth” in my title. I feel weird.

Miss America. . . Finally. . .

on June 7, 2018 by

CPYU

Transitioning Out

on June 7, 2018 by

5 Tips to keep in mind to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Explaining The Masterpiece Cake...

on June 5, 2018 by

2 Minute Video

Leading A Leader Go

on June 4, 2018 by

Why Is This So Hard?

Europe’s Christians Are As...

on June 4, 2018 by

Only 13 percent of American nones say religion is “very important” in their lives; only 14 percent of Western European Christians say…

Gaming Report

on June 4, 2018 by

For the ninth year in a row, Nielsen has conducted extensive research into how Americans feel about—and consume—gaming.

Communicating With Parents

on June 3, 2018 by

Failure to communicate = a failure to minister

5 Ways To Connect Parents To Your...

on June 3, 2018 by

If you desire to have a Youth Ministry that has any real significant influence, you will have to do well at partnering…

How To Get Students To Sign Up For...

on June 3, 2018 by

7 Secrets to Getting More Students to Sign Up for Your Youth Events

Why Sex Matters

on June 2, 2018 by

It is always amazing to me that God created physical intimacy in such a way to provide a deep connection with your…

Pot Replacing Tobacco, Booze As...

on June 2, 2018 by

In an analysis of nationwide surveys from between 20014 and 2014, researchers have found that pot is increasingly replacing cigarettes and alcohol…

What’s Hot?

on June 2, 2018 by

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

Kids In High-Risk Situations More...

on June 2, 2018 by

Experiencing physical or sexual abuse, migration, cannabis consumption, or problematic alcohol use as a child or teen leads to a higher risk…

Bus Trivia Questions

on June 1, 2018 by

10 Things I usually do when we play on trips

Dealing With Conflict

on June 1, 2018 by

Some things in life and ministry that are certain, conflict is one of them. It’s important to learn how to handle them

A New Generation Overthrows Gender

on June 1, 2018 by

Max, age 13, is agender — neither male nor female. When referring to Max, you don’t use “he” or “she;” you use…

Free Doughnut! Why Not?

on May 31, 2018 by

#NationalDoughnutDay is June 1

Doughnut Appreciation

on May 31, 2018 by

Download and cut out the tags we’ve created to let the people your family appreciates

National Donut Day Is Coming THIS...

on May 31, 2018 by

Here is game to help you celebrate this week with your youth group

Thriving Values Resources For...

on May 31, 2018 by

Helping You Understand the Times and Know How to Respond

Barna: What The UK Doesnt Know...

on May 31, 2018 by

Much to celebrate about the work of the Church in the UK. But how are churches perceived by non-churchgoers?

Hebrew Words Every Kid Should Know

on May 31, 2018 by

Teach your kids Bible stories in the context of your family’s situations. Nothing makes the Bible more clear than real life applications

‘Active Shooter’ Video...

on May 30, 2018 by

The game allowed players to simulate a school shooting by taking the role of the shooter

Alexa, Tell Me About God

on May 30, 2018 by

Church of England taps Amazon device to spread Christian message

The Next Evangelicalism

on May 30, 2018 by

Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity

Don’t Put Your Trust In Anyone...

on May 30, 2018 by

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

I Resigned My Youth Ministry...

on May 30, 2018 by

Now What?

Transitioning To Greatness

on May 30, 2018 by

When the class of 2018 heads into their future there will a be a big hole in our youth ministries

Leveraging Milestones

on May 30, 2018 by

Making Spiritual Conversations Normal At Home

Uber For Kids?

on May 29, 2018 by

New ride-sharing service looks to after-school market

7 Habits That Can Lead To Adultery

on May 29, 2018 by

Like so many couples, they have found themselves in a place they never expected to be and now they’re starting the process…

Teens Exposed To More Junk Food Ads...

on May 29, 2018 by

The largest study of its kind found teens who were exposed to more junk food advertising consumed more unhealthy foods every week.

Teen Night Owls More Prone To...

on May 29, 2018 by

Adolescents who are naturally inclined to stay up late at night are more likely to suffer from insomnia as well as behavioral…

“13 Reasons Why” With Walt...

on May 29, 2018 by

My initial reaction to Season 2 as I was just a few episodes in was this: “They should have put this thing…

Are Smartphones Causing More Teen...

on May 25, 2018 by

Increases in depression and suicide appeared among teens in 2012 – the same time smartphone ownership became the norm

Social Media Stars More Influential...

on May 25, 2018 by

More than one third (34%) of kids aged 6-17 consider social media stars* to be among their top role models, outranking the…

Teens Are Choosing Marijuana As...

on May 25, 2018 by

Youth aged 12-21 dramatically increased first-time consumption of marijuana a over alcohol and tobacco.

Five Ways My Mom Invested the...

on May 24, 2018 by

I’m a daughter who just graduated from her teens last year. What I do know is that my mother wanted a strong…

Why Teens Are Exhausted And Burnt...

on May 24, 2018 by

“And we wonder why our young adults are currently being diagnosed with depression and anxiety at staggering and unheard-of rates.”

Parents, It’s Not Your Job To...

on May 24, 2018 by

In this new video, Paul Tripp—pastor, author, gives a word to parents seeking to shepherd the hearts of their children

Judge: 30-Year-Old Son Must Move...

on May 23, 2018 by

There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one – you have to work!

Teen Develops ‘Wet Lung’...

on May 23, 2018 by

There, doctors recorded her issues: cough, difficulty breathing that was worsening by the minute, and sudden stabbing pains in the chest

Police Praise Students For Best...

on May 23, 2018 by

A car crash into the side of the high school … or the greatest senior prank ever?

Teen Phished His Teachers To Change...

on May 23, 2018 by

He created a fake website that looked identical to the school’s and then sent emails to teachers in an attempt to get…

Misuse Of Attention Deficit...

on May 22, 2018 by

There were 156,365 calls to poison control centers for people under 20 who were improperly exposed to ADHD medication

Kanye Urges Fans To Put Down Cell...

on May 22, 2018 by

The rapper took to take on the idea of consumerism, sharing a documentary named The Century of the Self

New Youth Ministry Job….Enjoy...

on May 22, 2018 by

It offers a unique opportunity that can be leveraged for impact when approached as an opportunity

Webcast: How Should The Gospel...

on May 21, 2018 by

The Gospel in the Center webcast is perfect for ministry team building,  and personal development you won’t want to miss

Tempted To Compromise The biblical...

on May 21, 2018 by

Youth Ministry’s Historical Temptation to Compromise on Biblical Truth

Be Prepared For 13 Reasons Why&...

on May 21, 2018 by

You need to be informed about this series (whether their own teens watch it or not) because the kids will be talking…

Men (15-29) May Be More Selfless...

on May 21, 2018 by

A recent study asked 630 Canadian men ages 15 to 29 to identify the values they thought all guys should embody

Body Shaming

on May 20, 2018 by

The Culprits and Impact of Image-Related Insults

Making sure media doesn’t...

on May 20, 2018 by

Raising a confident, self-assured daughter who is comfortable with her body is not an easy thing to do these days

The world’s most popular iPhone...

on May 20, 2018 by

The Chinese mini-music-video social network Douyin was the most downloaded iOS app in the first quarter of 2018

School Gunman….Bullied Loner...

on May 19, 2018 by

The teen accused of killing 10 people in a mass shooting at his Texas high school

What’s Hot?

on May 19, 2018 by

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

Too Many Extracurricular Activities...

on May 19, 2018 by

Parents should be mindful of how much time their children are spending in extracurricular activitie

More U.S. Parents Smoking Pot...

on May 19, 2018 by

Progress made in limiting kids’ exposure to secondhand smoke could be undermined by the increasing popularity of smoking marijuana among parent

Robot Fills In For High School...

on May 18, 2018 by

A robot helped a sick high school senior experience graduation from the hospital

Book: Caught In Between

on May 18, 2018 by

Engage Your Preteens Before They Check Out. A comprehensive strategy for engaging preteens well before they make the transition

Walt Mueller’s Concerns Over...

on May 18, 2018 by

No, this is not a witch hunt. Nor is it insignificant, petty, and unimportant. It’s about properly tending to the flock.

Asking A Volunteer To Leave

on May 17, 2018 by

Some highlights from Tom Rainer

Book: Spiritual Grit

on May 17, 2018 by

A Journey Into Endurance. Character. Confidence. Hope

Flashback: Better Small Group...

on May 17, 2018 by

6 Ways to Make Small Group Leader Meetings Great

Book: Screenwise

on May 17, 2018 by

The core message of the book is that kids need mentoring, not (just) monitoring, and that kids deserve more empathy from adults…

Beware The Black Dot: New Text Bomb...

on May 17, 2018 by

All it takes is for someone to send two strings of text, and for their target to open those texts, and their…