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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…

Leveraging Your Downtime In Youth...

on May 16, 2018 by

I would focus on what I refer to as the “big three”– vision, curriculum, and volunteers

10 apps Every Youth Pastor Should...

on May 16, 2018 by

I use plenty of other apps during the year, but these apps help me make it through the chaotic summer schedule

11 Essential Youth Ministry Skills

on May 16, 2018 by

Establish a culture of leadership that places Jesus as its central figure and draws life from no individual. How do you do…

U.K: Men Impotence Epidemic And...

on May 16, 2018 by

Nearly half (43%) of men aged 18-60 across the UK are suffering impotence, stress(49%), anxiety (29%) boozing (26%).

Creating Community Among Volunteers

on May 15, 2018 by

So how do you create community with volunteers? Here are a few ideas

Parenting Through Transitions

on May 15, 2018 by

Confessions from a control freak

‘Indoor Generation’

on May 15, 2018 by

‘Indoor generation’: A quarter of Americans spend all day inside, survey finds

Why Teenagers Should Understand...

on May 15, 2018 by

And Why Their Teachers Should Too!

How To Get Your Kids Off Their...

on May 15, 2018 by

Excessive screen time has been linked to obesity, disturbed sleep, behavioral issues, poor social skills, and less play time (which in itself…

New At Youth Ministry?

on May 15, 2018 by

Here’s Help From Vision to Volunteers

Great Questions To Help Focus Your...

on May 15, 2018 by

Ask yourself and your leadership team in order to begin the process of becoming a healthier and more focused team:

Walt Mueller: Grieving For Youth...

on May 14, 2018 by

First, just because so-and-so said it, it doesn’t make it theologically correct or morally right…..filter everything  through Scripture.

Why Kids And Teens May Face More...

on May 14, 2018 by

With (social media), it’s all about the self-image — who’s ‘liking’ them, who’s watching them, who clicked on their picture

The Teenage Social-Media Trap

on May 14, 2018 by

Teens increasingly measure and manage their social success online—and it may be taking a toll on their mental health

Teens, Parents Aren’t On Same...

on May 13, 2018 by

When it comes to having “the talk,” many teens admit they’re not communicating with their parents or their doctors about sex, new…

Benefits Of Nurturing Parenting

on May 13, 2018 by

Nurturing parents pass along strategies that help their children build and maintain positive relationships in adulthood.

Poorer Cognition….Soccer Ball...

on May 13, 2018 by

Poorer Cognition May Stem More from Heading Soccer Ball, Not Collisions

Disney World Cancels Popular...

on May 10, 2018 by

For the past 35 years, families and church youth groups have piled into Walt Disney World for Night of Joy

Teacher At Elementary School...

on May 10, 2018 by

Texas art teacher sues school district after being accused of promoting ‘homosexual agenda’

 

 

New Text Bomb Crashing iPhones

on May 10, 2018 by

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

More Unmarried Parents Living As...

on May 9, 2018 by

More than a third (35 percent) of unmarried parents in 2017 were living with a partner, a dramatic increase from 20 percent…

Barna: Spiritual Conversations In...

on May 9, 2018 by

How Christians’ Approach to Sharing Their Faith Has Changed in 25 Years

Do You Feel Stuck In Your Ministry?

on May 9, 2018 by

The Fastest Way to Move Your Ministry Forward (Without Spending Any Money)

The 7 Minute Meeting For New 7th...

on May 8, 2018 by

One of the most crucial transitions to master is the one from Kid’s Ministry to Student Ministry

SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTING IS TOO BIG...

on May 8, 2018 by

Families affected by disability are in chronic need of supportive community to do life together

Why You Don’t Want A Rock Star...

on May 8, 2018 by

Too many churches are still trying to discover and hire a superstar. Normally this (guy) is energetic, passionate, organized, and relatively attractive

May The Force (Of God) Be With You

on May 7, 2018 by

The theology of many Americans—and some evangelicals—belongs in a galaxy far, far away. They see God more as a force—like what is…

High School Hit List Lead Cops To...

on May 7, 2018 by

Semi-automatic rifle, shotguns, handguns seized from teens with high school ‘hit list’

Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All...

on May 7, 2018 by

Finding employees has been a challenge for him, as it has been for many small-business

Children’s Minister Is The...

on May 6, 2018 by

Five Reasons Why the Children’s Minister is the Staff Position in Greatest Demand

Why Teeangers Struggle To Develop...

on May 6, 2018 by

5 Reasons Teeangers Struggle to Develop Good Spiritual Habits by Andy Blanks

A New Future For Youth Specialties

on May 6, 2018 by

“The leaders of Orange and Download Youth Ministry (DYM) are excited to announce their partnership in acquiring Youth Specialties from Real Resources.”

What’s Hot

on May 5, 2018 by

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

Big Decline In Births To Girls...

on May 5, 2018 by

There’s been a steep decline over the past two decades in births to American girls under the age of 15

Youth Tackle Football Linked To...

on May 5, 2018 by

Starting to play tackle football before age 12 could lead to earlier onset of cognitive and emotional symptoms among athletes who were…

New 2 Youth Ministry: The...

on May 4, 2018 by

let’s avoid getting fired for things we neglected to do

Why Youth Pastors Should Teach...

on May 4, 2018 by

“Wait, what did the title say? Should? Who do you think you are? Don’t you tell me what to do!”

Adolescent Suicide

on May 4, 2018 by

Deaths from suicide amongst teenagers has grown over 84% in the last decade

Teenager’s Racist ‘Promposal’...

on May 3, 2018 by

“If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom.”

‘You Look Like A Mentally...

on May 3, 2018 by

Student videotapes school bus bullying

Boy Scouts Overrun By Sex &...

on May 3, 2018 by

But somewhere along the way – They lost their moral compass and…I don’t think there’s a merit badge for that.

Drinking In Adolescence Derails...

on May 2, 2018 by

“When we did this study, we saw that children as young as 12 sometimes start drinking.”

13 And Depressed: Why Young Teen...

on May 2, 2018 by

Why girls are more at risk for depression than boys and how to help them cope.

Pornography’s Effect On Long...

on May 2, 2018 by

Married men and women who use pornography are more likely to get divorced than men and women who do not

Young Americans Are The Loneliest

on May 1, 2018 by

A new study finds that young people are reporting loneliness in increasing numbers and at a rate outpacing that of their elderly…

Feds Warn: Kids Are Drinking E-Cig...

on May 1, 2018 by

Feds warn e-cigarette makers about packaging after thousands of kids drink toxic liquid

10-Year-Old Boy Died Inside Dryer

on May 1, 2018 by

From electrocution, autopsy rules

Vlogger Hit By Tractor Trailer...

on May 1, 2018 by

He can be seen talking to a handheld smartphone moments before he apparently drove into the path of a tractor trailer.

Rejecting ‘Mommy’ And &...

on May 1, 2018 by

LGBT parents assume new names

What To Do When No One Shows Up

on April 30, 2018 by

Feelings of inadequacy, failure, doubt, and disappointment. Even worse, the next day when people ask us “how did youth group go last…

Teaching My Daughter How To Handle...

on April 30, 2018 by

5 Tips for how to deal with mean girls.

Burnout

on April 30, 2018 by

It’s Not Just For You

Self-Harm And Show Suicidal...

on April 29, 2018 by

Cyberbullying Victims May Be Twice as Likely to Self-Harm and Show Suicidal Behaviors

Teens Don’t Know Juul Contains...

on April 29, 2018 by

Many young Americans don’t realize that the wildly popular Juul e-cigarettes contain highly addictive nicotine, putting them at risk for future cigarette…

What’s Hot?

on April 29, 2018 by

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

Kids’ Faith

on April 28, 2018 by

How well does your children’s ministry recognize the importance of kids’ milestones and rites?

Swedish Deejay Avicii Died From...

on April 28, 2018 by

He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace

80% Of Americans Believe In God?

on April 28, 2018 by

80% ofPew Found Out What They Mean.

Campus Ministry Link: HS Students...

on April 27, 2018 by

Connect your high school students to a campus ministry

“Why every Student Ministry Needs...

on April 27, 2018 by

This session is led by Joshua Griffin (@joshuagriffin) who is a 20 year Student Ministry veteran and co-founder of Download YM. Here…

Raising Their Toddler As Gender...

on April 27, 2018 by

Kyl and Brent Courtney-Myers have refused to reveal the gender of their 2-year-old child Zoomer

Soul Provider: Barefoot With A...

on April 26, 2018 by

Middle school student steps out in faith to help out children in Ghana

Blockbusters Of 2018 (Part 1)

on April 26, 2018 by

The Movies That Will Heat Up the Box Office This Summer

Want To Know How To Help Empower...

on April 26, 2018 by

BRAVE intentionally reaches vulnerable girls (foster care/probation/sexual abuse/divorce).

Creating An Inviting Culture…

on April 25, 2018 by

One-Life Concept

Creating An Inviting Culture…

on April 25, 2018 by

Move All Events To After Service

7 Essential Preteen Principles

on April 25, 2018 by

Socially they are expected to practice teenage behaviors. What do parents and youth workers need to do

Brace Yourself, Change Is Coming

on April 24, 2018 by

Sporadic attendance is becoming the norm.