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A Theology Of Masturbation

on January 22, 2018 by

Here’s what David writes about the struggle with masturbation. . .

Helping Strangers May Help Teens&...

on January 22, 2018 by

When teens step out of their comfort zone to help people they don’t know, they feel confident

The Internet Changing Beliefs About...

on January 22, 2018 by

The Internet, may decrease the likelihood of a person affiliating with a religious tradition or believing that only one religion is true

Flashback: Technology Use Promotes...

on January 22, 2018 by

Adolescents are using digital media to promote their sense of belonging and self-disclosure of personal problems

A Fool-Proof System To Follow Up...

on January 21, 2018 by

How you follow up determines whether or not you’ll see those new students again

What Is Messenger Kids?

on January 21, 2018 by

Find out what this app is all about and what to watch for

Tide Pod Challenge: What is it?

on January 21, 2018 by

Teens are eating them as part of a YouTube challenge. Here’s a look at the trending challenge and why it’s so dangerous.

Will Ferrell Joins ...

on January 20, 2018 by

Will Ferrell Is a Phone-Obsessed Dad in Funny Device-Free Dinner Campaign

Here’s How To Recruit Parents For...

on January 20, 2018 by

We actually began our program by changing our sign-in and registration processes. We had parents sign an agreement that they’d participate in…

Copyright Infringement And Your...

on January 20, 2018 by

It’s important from a ministry perspective to get to the bottom of some common misconceptions

Keeping The Communication Lines...

on January 19, 2018 by

Keeping the Communication Lines Open Nobody will listen to you unless they sense that you like them

Stop Overindulging Your Children

on January 19, 2018 by

“Dealing with Adult Children.” One of the biggest problems with today’s young…

Early Puberty In Girls May Take...

on January 19, 2018 by

Girls who enter puberty early — possibly as young as 7 — have a greater risk for developing depression and antisocial behaviors…

CVS Is Embracing Body Positivity...

on January 18, 2018 by

80 percent of women feel worse about themselves after looking at beauty ads, and 42 percent of girls in grades one through…

How To Build Snowman Out Of A...

on January 18, 2018 by

How and Why Did These Snowflakes Appear?

Ending The Homework Hassle

on January 18, 2018 by

by Jim Burns

New App Encourages Risqué...

on January 17, 2018 by

84 percent of the 500,000 FriendO downloads in November were by junior highers

Finding Your Vision 2018

on January 17, 2018 by

So, how do we plan vision for a new year? Here are my top four ways to find vision for 2018

Leading Games For Emerging Adults

on January 17, 2018 by

Emerging adults may not love every game you present. But they all appreciate fun. So whatever happens, make it fun

Why Student Leadership?

on January 16, 2018 by

Our students have the potential to do great things and seeing student leaders in action is absolutely incredible

Starting A Student Leadership Team...

on January 16, 2018 by

5 Steps To Starting A Student Leadership Team From Scratch

Prevent Volunteer Dropout

on January 16, 2018 by

Five mistakes to avoid when it comes to volunteer retention, as well as ways to correct them

10 Secrets To Keep Your Student...

on January 16, 2018 by

I can promise that if you do these they will have a better experience on your team.

Constant Distraction

on January 15, 2018 by

How Smartphones Are Stealing Kids’ Focus from Everyone Around Them

Surviving a Downturn in Youth...

on January 15, 2018 by

Podcast: Managing this well helps keep you from being discouraged, helps you communicate what success really is for your ministry

Cosmic Adventure Through Science...

on January 15, 2018 by

Check out the curriculum and four accompanying videos, all available for FREE!

How Much the Typical Kid Gets in...

on January 14, 2018 by

kids ages 4 to 14 received an average of $454 in allowance over the course of 2017, in addition to cash gifts…

School Success Requires Self...

on January 14, 2018 by

Being a successful student may require just as much self-control as intelligence, according to new research

Teens’ Reward-Sensitive Brains...

on January 14, 2018 by

Although the reward-sensitive brains of adolescents can sometimes lead to risky behavior, there is a very positive side

The Sneaky Science Behind Your Kid...

on January 13, 2018 by

The first step toward resisting the pull of digital products is recognizing the tricks they use to keep you hooked

LGBTIQ Sex Education Policies...

on January 13, 2018 by

“When same-sex marriage passes as law overseas, these types of programs become widespread and compulsory.”

Dinner At Grandma’s: ...

on January 13, 2018 by

There are some places where devices just don’t belong

Kids Don’t Need A Cellphone;...

on January 12, 2018 by

70% of parents want their children to spend less time watching electronic media

#DeviceFreeDinner Conversation...

on January 12, 2018 by

Here are six free conversation starters to use during dinner

The Data Snapchat Doesn’t Want...

on January 12, 2018 by

The data shows that users sent personal snaps (64%) to friends more frequently than they posted to Stories

Mom, Is Justin Bieber A Christian?

on January 11, 2018 by

Maybe we’re confused because we’ve read about

Protect Our Kids From The Pitfalls...

on January 11, 2018 by

Jonathan McKee will help us guide our sons and daughters toward mature, God-honoring choices in the digital world

Apps Stirring Up Trouble In Schools

on January 11, 2018 by

From teen hookups to live streaming, this year’s hottest social media can lead kids to risky behavior

Survey: Are You Addicted To...

on January 11, 2018 by

If You Do 19/29 Of These Things Then You’re Addicted To Instagram

American Kids Are 70% Likely To Die...

on January 10, 2018 by

BuzzFeed

Hip-Hop And R&B America’...

on January 10, 2018 by

Nielsen Music’s 2017 year-end-report puts rap at the top of the list for most listened to genre of 2017. Buzz60

Be the Change Agent In Your Church

on January 10, 2018 by

Organizations are living entities with a true culture that may or may not show itself in a mission statement, list of core…

Evolutionist Retracts Key Study On...

on January 10, 2018 by

Scientists’ attempts to find the ‘spark of life’ keep coming up short

We Must Never Forget Moralistic...

on January 9, 2018 by

Over a decade ago, Christian Smith published a groundbreaking study about the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers

Why Is Parenting So Incredibly Hard...

on January 9, 2018 by

If I have learned anything over the 20 + years of my marriage  5 kids and 16 fostered kids it is these…

Is Your Teenager Addicted To A...

on January 9, 2018 by

Be concerned, and do something about it

Golden Globes

on January 8, 2018 by

The complete winners list

20 Questions Middle School Parents...

on January 8, 2018 by

How can your team or small group encourage parents and equip them to lead well

So You’re The New Youth...

on January 8, 2018 by

When someone is upset about some decision you’ve made, learn to never say, “I’m sorry, but…

Blindspot’s In The Hiring...

on January 7, 2018 by

4 mistakes churches make

“The End Of The F***ing World,”...

on January 7, 2018 by

“There’s more of an appetite to go to darker places,” says Charlie Covell, who wrote the “End of the F***ing World” TV…

Understanding The Middle School...

on January 7, 2018 by

Marko…. podcast

Fewer Teens Are Having Sex

on January 5, 2018 by

As declines in risky behaviors continue

Connecting With Kids

on January 5, 2018 by

Here’s how to stay relevant and still build on past successes…

Fresh Start

on January 5, 2018 by

At 19, he lost both of his parents, Homeless. In time, he became a motivational leader and a best-selling author.

Evangelical/Megachurch Churches Are...

on January 4, 2018 by

“It ties you into something that is lasting, trustworthy. And that touches a nerve in our culture.”

If I Was the Devil, Here’s How I...

on January 4, 2018 by

Greg Stier

Fraternity Life

on January 4, 2018 by

Your Sons Need Your Help Getting Ready for Fraternity Life

What Age Should I Give My Kid A...

on January 3, 2018 by

To take a look at some suggested borders and boundaries, check out our Free Family Digital Covenant of Conduct

Teenagers, Stop Asking For Nude...

on January 3, 2018 by

That our focus has been so preponderantly on the sending, not requesting, of sexts underscores the exact problem we need to address

Technology And Depression

on January 3, 2018 by

Helping teens turn off in a world that’s ‘always on’

How Privatized Social Media Can...

on January 2, 2018 by

Privatized social media is becoming more and more popular and the more ministers can learn how to use this, the more this…

Digital Missionary

on January 2, 2018 by

A New Kind of Missionary

Speaking To Students

on January 2, 2018 by

by Frank Gil

Stop Measuring Attendance

on January 1, 2018 by

Justin Knowles

Helping Strangers Tied To Higher...

on December 31, 2017 by

Teens who exhibit prosocial behavior — such as helping, comforting and sharing with strangers — have higher self-esteem a year later.

Gen Z Guys Go Old School

on December 31, 2017 by

Gen Z guys (aged 20 and younger) portend a return to “old school” masculinity and more conservative politics

Teen Drug Use Stable, But Marijuana...

on December 31, 2017 by

Nearly 40% of all 12th-graders surveyed had used some sort of illicit drug in the past year

Here Is How Student Evangelists Can...

on December 30, 2017 by

Why “post-Christian America” hasn’t surpassed the need for straightforward apologetics

“How Do We Get Teenagers To...

on December 30, 2017 by

I’m convinced there isn’t a sure-fire, “try-this-five-step-method” that works. But I do think there are some important things to consider. Here are…

700 Teens Cause Mayhem At New...

on December 30, 2017 by

Police have charged five juveniles with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other offenses

Addicted To Technology

on December 29, 2017 by

The Sneaky Science Behind Your Kid’s Tech Obsessions

Ed Sheeran Reflects On His 2 Year...

on December 29, 2017 by

“I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. One comment ruins your day.”

Teens Talk: What Works To Stop...

on December 29, 2017 by

In our most recent survey of approximately 5,700 middle and high school students from around the United States

Free College Ministry Resources!

on December 28, 2017 by

Free ebook, articles, podcasts & discipleship tools!

18 Student Ministry Commitments...

on December 28, 2017 by

These 18 commitments I’ve lived by in student ministry. I want to share them with you for the New Year

Smartphones Aren’t A Smart...

on December 28, 2017 by

● 55% children’s middle schools now allow cell phone use, 80% parents do not want kids to use phones during school

Developing Faith Skills In Your...

on December 28, 2017 by

Seven tips

Flashback: Reacting To A Rebellious...

on December 27, 2017 by

Ever since my 17-year-old daughter was about 11, she has been very willful and disobedient. She stays out past her curfew

More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot

on December 27, 2017 by

More pregnant women seem to be using pot — sometimes to ease the nausea of morning sickness or heightened anxiety

Book: Your Family God’s Way

on December 27, 2017 by

Helpful he offers communication advice into two crucial areas of family life: communication and conflict resolution

The Biggest Hits Of 2017

on December 26, 2017 by

Vengeance, Drugs, Self, and Sex… Without Regard

The Rise Of The Non-Believing...

on December 26, 2017 by

Pew Research provides a current breakdown of faith among today’s generations

Where kids Actually Adopt Their...

on December 26, 2017 by

Where will your kids adopt their values from, our bonding time with them, or our boundaries we impose?

Little Girl Asks Santa Claus To...

on December 25, 2017 by

Santa Claus bowed his head and delivered a prayer in the middle of a Bass Pro Shop — asking the Great Physician…

Ministry leaders To Get Fit

on December 25, 2017 by

Heart attacks, diabetes and strokes happen to preachers too.

8 Of The Worst Christmas Gifts

on December 25, 2017 by

Then there’s the type who only remembers to buy a gift the night before, and barely puts in any effort at all

Friendo app?

on December 24, 2017 by

What parents need to know about it

Moviegoing Could Hit 22-Year Low

on December 24, 2017 by

You cannot pull a fast one on the audience. … Consumers know what works and what doesn’t long before the product becomes…

Tips To Set Up Your Kid’s...

on December 24, 2017 by

Learn how to set a passcode, block apps, share media, and more

Internet Safety

on December 23, 2017 by

A way to protect computers from accessing inappropriate content on the internet

Overinvesting In The Young

on December 23, 2017 by

How can you include young people in all of the life-giving dimensions of your community?

Making An Impact In A Culture Of...

on December 23, 2017 by

When we overinvest in the young, we proclaim our hope in the future. We train and educate young people to envision a…

Faith Formation In A Secular Age

on December 22, 2017 by

Responding to the Church’s Obsession with Youthfulness (Ministry in a Secular Age

Engaging Youth

on December 22, 2017 by

“When the church engages young people meaningfully, church ministry thrives.”

Reimagining Young Adult Ministry

on December 22, 2017 by

A Guidebook for the Ordinary Church

What happens When Kids Leave Youth...

on December 21, 2017 by

A kid might show up to your youth group ONCE. They might come for YEARS. And just like that, they’re gone… You’re…

Symbol Of Church Sex Abuse Scandal,...

on December 21, 2017 by

Disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failures to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked the worst crisis in American Catholicism

Mumps Cases In 2017

on December 21, 2017 by

Federal health officials estimate that about 5,000 people have had mumps this year, with the highest numbers reported in Arkansas, Missouri, New…

Christmas Time:“Circuit Jammers...

on December 20, 2017 by

5 communication “circuit jammers” to avoid as you spend time with your children and teens this Christmas season