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What is the reason for our troubles...

on October 21, 2018 by

The cultural narrative pushes the expectation and pursuit of pleasure and the total avoidance of pain and difficulty

Why Rites Of Passage Are Clutch

on October 21, 2018 by

It is only in looking backwards that I can understand that these rites were not in place to torture me; they were…

How To Get Your Kids To Do What You...

on October 21, 2018 by

Practical faith is something that is caught, not taught

Criminals Target Children During...

on October 20, 2018 by

Women are subjected to sexual assault and rape. Children too

Racist “Gas Station Gail”

on October 19, 2018 by

The manager of a station called the police on a group of children and parents who had stopped in to purchase drinks

Unvaccinated Child Dies From The...

on October 19, 2018 by

Unvaccinated child dies from the flu in Florida first pediatric deaths of the flu season

Movie: ‘Halloween’

on October 19, 2018 by

Thursday night preview $10 million

Morality: What Teens Believe

on October 18, 2018 by

23 percent of Millennials believe each individual is his or her own moral authority

Missing Wisconsin Teen, 13, Is In...

on October 18, 2018 by

Two days after her parents’ mysterious death, Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs remained “endangered”

How To Keep The Next Generation in...

on October 17, 2018 by

5 Ways On How To Keep the Next Generation in Church

Pastor’s Kids

on October 17, 2018 by

It can be so important for students to see you interact with your kids and be an example of the type of…

Lawnmower Parents And Snowflake...

on October 17, 2018 by

We are creating a generation that has no idea what to do when they actually encounter struggle

Phantom Community… Belonging?

on October 15, 2018 by

We have moved from being in community to having a sense of community

Pornography Is Destructive

on October 15, 2018 by

How to have an impact for conversations  with students about porn

10-Year-Old Boy Perform Metallica...

on October 15, 2018 by

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performed “Enter Sandman” with a 10-year-old at a recent concert

Flashback:The Blessing Book To Help...

on October 14, 2018 by

The Blessing is a biblical tool that can help YOU communicate unconditional love as an unshakable foundation for HEALTH and wholeness

Missions: “Pimping The Poor” Or...

on October 14, 2018 by

Connects a group with permanent ministries in a community in order to provide support to those ministries

Youth Ministry Evaluation

on October 14, 2018 by

6 Questions ever youth worker should ask

Make Successful Changes In Youth...

on October 12, 2018 by

A helpful guide to grid and map out the requirements for navigating change

How To Create A climate Of...

on October 12, 2018 by

Kids actually forgive all kinds of programmatic mediocrity if they are certain they belong

Can Christians Use Legal Weed?

on October 12, 2018 by

The Bible outlaws the use of any mind-altering concoction, including mushrooms, drugs, or weed

Social Justice or evangelism?

on October 12, 2018 by

There shouldn’t even be a debate

Teaching Theology To kids

on October 12, 2018 by

Theology, done well, must inevitably result in doxology, and we shouldn’t be satisfied with less just because we’re teaching children

Body Image

on October 12, 2018 by

A message specifically to moms regarding the powerful influence they have on body image

Don’t You Walk Away

on October 11, 2018 by

“an essential guide to preventing and stopping bullying behaviors.”

4 Ways To Respond To Pornography

on October 11, 2018 by

The average age a child is exposed to pornography is 8

5 Ways To Manage Disrespect From...

on October 11, 2018 by

Demonstrate respect before you expect it to be reciprocated

TAKE THE YOUTH PASTOR COMPENSATION...

on October 10, 2018 by

Youth workers the information they needed to have an informed conversation with their church about their compensation

Full-Time Youth Pastor Compensation...

on October 10, 2018 by

by Dan Navarra

Closure Of Syrian Schools

on October 10, 2018 by

Another Bleak Sign for Christians in Syria

2018 American Music Awards

on October 10, 2018 by

List of winners

Crazy Girlfriend’s ‘...

on October 10, 2018 by

Woman lists 22 things her boyfriend is banned from doing

The Wisdom Of Teen Vogue

on October 8, 2018 by

Do you know what your daughter is reading?

Rare, Polio-Like Paralyzing...

on October 8, 2018 by

Between August 2014 and August 2018, the CDC received 362 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

‘Adolescent Drinking Is A...

on October 8, 2018 by

When those conversations should start earlier than when parents think it should start

US Unemployment Rate Lowest Since...

on October 7, 2018 by

Great news for Blacks and Hispanics

The Rise of “Strangely Unsexy...

on October 7, 2018 by

….And Why It Hurts Women

Selena Gomez Is Done With Social...

on October 7, 2018 by

It’s given young people, myself included, a false representation of what’s important,”

Belonging: Greeting Students At The...

on October 6, 2018 by

Spending a few moments welcoming students promotes a sense of belonging, giving them social and emotional support that helps them feel invested…

Book: Doing Life With Your Adult...

on October 6, 2018 by

Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out

What’s Hot?

on October 6, 2018 by

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

Adult Leaders In Large Groups

on October 5, 2018 by

Five roles of adult leaders in large groups

Is Your Ministry Empathetic Towards...

on October 5, 2018 by

By recognizing these realities we can build a compassion that enables us to serve parents effectively. To then show that compassion and…

Why We Need Rural Churches

on October 5, 2018 by

Many of the least churched regions were in rural America—where about 14 percent of the U.S. population lives

Helping Teens Navigate The Drama

on October 4, 2018 by

The way a preteen values those friendships may be one of the greatest transitions of this phase.

Let’s Make Common Sense Common...

on October 4, 2018 by

I love the fact that our country is more educated than ever. Sadly, we are incomplete if we don’t include common sense

The “Most Stressful”...

on October 4, 2018 by

Researchers reveal the most stressful number of children you can have

Starting A Youth Ministry

on October 4, 2018 by

(Pioneering advice from 15 youthworkers)

Encouragement For Weary Youth...

on October 4, 2018 by

Youth workers don’t have expiration dates

Administration And Budgets

on October 4, 2018 by

Annette shares Ministry Architect’s findings as it pertains to budget, staffing, and volunteer norms for children’s ministry and how we can always…

Brett Kavanaugh: A Youth Pastor’s...

on October 3, 2018 by

if they happened 35 years ago, he should own his behavior. I was not trying to imply that I thought they were…

A Huge Lesson For Parents From This...

on October 3, 2018 by

How can we help our kids to make wise choices today?

Should You Force Your Kids To Go To...

on October 3, 2018 by

One parent reflects on why she doesn’t make Mass mandatory for her children.

Link Between Violent Video Games &...

on October 2, 2018 by

An international study looking at more than 17,000 adolescents, ages nine to 19, from 2010 to 2017

Limiting Kids’ Screen Time...

on October 2, 2018 by

Cutting back on screen time, along with the right amount of sleep and physical activity, is linked to improvements in cognition among…

Teen Sentenced To Prison Prison For...

on October 2, 2018 by

Turkey: A court in the southern province of Antalya has handed down a prison

How Men View Women

on October 1, 2018 by

Pornography also gives men a way to get quick sexual pleasure with out the messy, frightening work or building a real relationship…

Where Is National Youth Ministries...

on October 1, 2018 by

“We don’t just do these big Jesus camps where kids get all jacked up”

10 Youth Pastor Expectations For...

on October 1, 2018 by

Trust. You will have this if you stay long enough and work hard to prove yourself trustworthy

What’s Hot?

on September 30, 2018 by

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

Screen Time = Dumb Time?

on September 30, 2018 by

Kids with the sharpest intellects spent less than two hours a day on their cellphones, tablets and computers, coupled with 9 to…

Teen Drivers Today

on September 30, 2018 by

Following years of decline, fatal car accidents involving teen drivers have accelerated in the United States, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians…

Youth Pastors: Feed Your Soul

on September 28, 2018 by

This selfish hour is the best way I know of to begin my week

Flashback: True Grit

on September 28, 2018 by

Grit “is a function of your ability to cope.” When a hard thing happens, grit is the engine that drives perseverance

Exploring Teen Suicide Free...

on September 28, 2018 by

Every year, 5,000 teenagers commit suicide, a number that sadly continues increase

“It’s The Unintended...

on September 27, 2018 by

“The short attention span we’re creating in this millennium is actually very dangerous,” said Soon-Shiong, the new owner of the Los Angeles…

#MeToo Is Making Colleges Teach...

on September 27, 2018 by

Campus programs educating male students about ‘toxic masculinity’ report fresh energy and interest since the #MeToo movement began

Answering Top Questions From Today...

on September 27, 2018 by

PART I

Answering Top Questions From Today...

on September 27, 2018 by

PART II

Answering Top Questions From Today...

on September 27, 2018 by

PART III

Teen Sex: STDs At A Record High…...

on September 25, 2018 by

Your response to 4-years-in-a-row of STD’s at a record high

When Media Changes So Do Kids

on September 25, 2018 by

Understanding the Influence of Social Media on Today’s Teens

Teen Survives 49 Days Adrift W/out...

on September 25, 2018 by

He said he thought he was going to die, and considered suicide. In his darkest times, he consulted the Bible

Five Reasons People Leave The...

on September 24, 2018 by

When our faith stands on anything other than Christ, we put ourselves (and others) in position to fall

“Sexy” Handmaid’s Tale...

on September 24, 2018 by

An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say. However…

Stop Cool Kids from Killing Your...

on September 24, 2018 by

3 Ways to Stop Cool Kids from Killing Your Group

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…