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Battle Ready?

on February 11, 2019 by

George Lockhart

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Obesity-Related Cancers Rising Fastest Among Millennials

on February 5, 2019 by

If the obesity epidemic continues, fat-sensitive cancers will explode in the years to come

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High School Crowd Sings National Anthem

on February 4, 2019 by

The recording of the national anthem wasn’t able to play before North Polk and Roland-Story tipped off,” reps for the station wrote….

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Disturbing Cultural Trends YouthPastors Need To Address

on February 1, 2019 by

Part 1

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Disturbing Cultural Trends YouthPastors Need to Address

on February 1, 2019 by

Part 2

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Kevlar-Covered Bulletproof Backpack to Hit Shelves

on January 29, 2019 by

An Israeli company with ties to the country’s military has released a Kevlar-covered backpack to protect students

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Games for Your Next Glow Night Event

on January 27, 2019 by

5  more glow stick games

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Movie Violence Doesn’t Make Kids Violent

on January 26, 2019 by

PG-13 movies became more violent between 1985 and 2015, overall rates of murder and violence actually fell.

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When Soccer Trumps Youth Group

on January 24, 2019 by

You know the drill. You get super fired up for a student ministry event your team has been planning….

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Teen Birth Control Use Up, MoreUnwanted Pregnancies

on January 19, 2019 by

Today’s teens are better at using birth control when they first become sexually active, but many unexpected pregnancies still occur, new research…

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Hero Dad

on January 15, 2019 by

Mother of armed robber shot dead by man defending his children: ‘Why did he shoot him five times?

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Join The Tech-Wise Family Challenge

on January 8, 2019 by

So over the 21 days of The Tech-Wise Family Challenge, we’ll all get to do some

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Do “Something” In The New Year

on January 7, 2019 by

I don’t know if you are like me, but I enjoy blowing stuff up….

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Flashback: Make Your Goals Happen This Year

on December 31, 2018 by

Dream about what could and should be happening in your ministry.

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Screen Time Study Shows Differences In Kids’ Brains

on December 28, 2018 by

Some children who spent more time on smartphones and other devices exhibited a different brain pattern than kids with less screen time

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Focus

on December 26, 2018 by

Don’t try to get out of a situation but seek to grow through it

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A Very Social Christmas

on December 26, 2018 by

A humorous reminder that our connectedness can sometimes get in the way of actually connecting. This Christmas, don’t be social, be social

 

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Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?

on December 24, 2018 by

Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession

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Changes In Youth Ministry

on December 21, 2018 by

How To Make Successful Changes In Youth Ministry

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Girl’s Inoperable Brain Tumor Disappears

on December 18, 2018 by

….Doctors can’t explain it

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Why Many Youth Pastors Don’t Make It…New

on December 16, 2018 by

I believe the following four principles capture a biblically grounded vision of what ministry to youth should entail

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Helping Parents Who Have Lost A Child

on December 10, 2018 by

Book: “Cameron Cole candidly offers practical and biblical advice for those who mourn in Therefore I Have Hope

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on December 8, 2018 by

Tumblr 18+ Content Ban Causes Rise In Pedophilia On Twitter!?

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Better Sleep Can Improve College Academic Performance

on December 7, 2018 by

As the college semester nears the end, an innovative experiment has shown the benefits of averaging eight hours of sleep for five…

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One in Five U.S. High School Students Now Vapes

on December 1, 2018 by

More than 20 percent of high school students use electronic cigarettes, risking nicotine addiction, lung damage and the temptation to try traditional…

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Don’t Suppress Negative Feelings Around Kids

on December 1, 2018 by

New research contradicts the commonplace advice to avoid showing conflict and strong negative emotions around one’s children. It may be better to…

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Don’t miss these holiday resource bundles

on November 27, 2018 by

A gift for your church, your ministry, and your home

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Books For Parents

on November 23, 2018 by

Jonathan McKee is the author of over 20 books to parents, teenagers, and youth workers

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Does Living Together Build A Stronger Marriage?

on November 18, 2018 by

Is cohabitation really a smart move for couples interested in a healthy, lasting marriage?

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Parenting My Adult Children

on November 17, 2018 by

No matter what the age of your child you will be able to relate to this touching article

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Trumps Criminal Justice Reform Helps Families

on November 15, 2018 by

Dr. Darrell Scott explains how the bipartisan First Step Act will ‘right the wrongs’ of past administrations

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Teen Helped Save “The Bachelor” Mansion From Wildfires

on November 14, 2018 by

But then the teen noticed that next door, “The Bachelor” estate was in flames

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Digital Media Is ‘Like Cocaine’ For Babies’

on November 13, 2018 by

Some doctors refer to behaviors resulting from overexposure to digital devices as “virtual autism.”

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Leveraging Social Media To Reach Parents

on November 9, 2018 by

If you want to reach parents these days, you have to have an active presence on social media

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The Dark Side Of Kids Screens Begins To Emerge

on November 6, 2018 by

A dark consensus about screens and kids Begins To Emerge In Silicon Valley

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More College Students Seeking Mental Health Care

on November 3, 2018 by

Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are sending U.S. college students to mental health clinics in record numbers

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What Is The Real Impact Of Violent Video Games?

on October 30, 2018 by

“ cannot ignore the comprehensive reviews that indicate violent game play has a significant effect on aggressive behavior, affect, cognition and empathyacross…

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40 Reasons To Avoid Adultery

on October 28, 2018 by

The enemy delights in targeting pastors and other leaders

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Teens Are Being Bullied ‘Constantly’ On Instagram

on October 27, 2018 by

Harassment on the platform can be uniquely cruel, and for many it feels like there’s no escape

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Being Trustworthy Leader

on October 26, 2018 by

4 Traits of a Trustworthy Leader

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$9B In Halloween Spending

on October 25, 2018 by

A wide range of Halloween toys that appeal to the whole famil….all the way up to teens and tweens

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Boy Dies While Playing ‘Choking Game’

on October 23, 2018 by

Tia Bodkins is urging parents to monitor their children’s online activity after the death of her 11-year-old son Carson

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Witches Outnumber Presbyterians In The US

on October 22, 2018 by

Pew Research Center…discovering that  1 to 1.5 million people, identify as Wicca or Pagan

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Movie: ‘Halloween’

on October 19, 2018 by

Thursday night preview $10 million

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Lawnmower Parents And Snowflake Spirituality

on October 17, 2018 by

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

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Flashback:The Blessing Book To Help Your Family

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

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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

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5 Ways To Manage Disrespect From Students

on October 11, 2018 by

Demonstrate respect before you expect it to be reciprocated

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TAKE THE YOUTH PASTOR COMPENSATION SURVEY 2018

on October 10, 2018 by

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

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Full-Time Youth Pastor Compensation Survey For 2017

on October 10, 2018 by

by Dan Navarra

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Selena Gomez Is Done With Social Media?

on October 7, 2018 by

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

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What’s Hot?

on October 6, 2018 by

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

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Encouragement For Weary Youth Pastors

on October 4, 2018 by

Youth workers don’t have expiration dates

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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…

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Limiting Kids’ Screen Time Improves Brain Function

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…

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Teen Sentenced To Prison Prison For Kissing Girlfriend

on October 2, 2018 by

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

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10 Youth Pastor Expectations For Churches On Day One

on October 1, 2018 by

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

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Exploring Teen Suicide Free Download

on September 28, 2018 by

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

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Teen Survives 49 Days Adrift W/out Paddle, But With Bible

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

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In Defense Of Structure

on September 22, 2018 by

My new youth ministry met for the first time last week

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How winning friends may influence adolescent behaviors

on September 21, 2018 by

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

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A Guide For Teachers On Helping Kids Adjust To Divorce

on September 18, 2018 by

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

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What’s Hot?

on September 16, 2018 by

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

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Video Game Loss Caused Boy To Commit Suicide

on September 14, 2018 by

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

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How To Talk To Teens About Online Predators

on September 13, 2018 by

Use this script to kick off a conversation with your kid

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Internet Safety: Manage Your Kid’s Google Activity

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.

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How To Engage Culture With Your Kids”

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

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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…

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Spiritually Impacting Your Teens This School Year

on September 5, 2018 by

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

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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…

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A Love-Hate Relationship Teenagers And Smartphones

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…

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Transition From Children’s Ministry To Youth Group

on September 1, 2018 by

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

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5 Fall Events Student Ministries Can Do

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

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20 Youth Pastor Expectations On Day 1

on August 29, 2018 by

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

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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…

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Dickies Are On Top of the World….Again

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

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Youth Ministry Entering The Fall

on August 24, 2018 by

4 Questions to Ask

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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

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More than 70 people overdose on K2

on August 16, 2018 by

‘It is taking people out’: More than 70 people overdose on K2 in a single day in New Haven

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Apps Stirring Up Trouble In Schools

on August 15, 2018 by

This year’s hottest social media can fill the school day with drama and distraction

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Three Reminders For Our College Bound Kids

on August 13, 2018 by

What they need to hear, or maybe these thoughts will help guide you on some conversations before they go

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Teenagers Beginning Sorority Recruitment

on August 13, 2018 by

The process of you evaluating people and them evaluating you is not the way you were meant to be loved or related…

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The Bullying Breakthrough

on August 9, 2018 by

Real Help for Parents and Teachers of the Bullied, Bystanders, and Bullies

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Parents Need To Drastically Cut Kids’ Screen Time

on August 9, 2018 by

Children are spending way too much time in front of screens

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Working With Parents In Your Youth Ministry

on August 5, 2018 by

Here are some crucial truths I have learned when working with parents.

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Controlled Chaos: Making Sense Of Junior High Ministry

on July 29, 2018 by

Revised & Expanded

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More Than A Camp High: (Part One)

on July 29, 2018 by

Pursuing Emotional Experience for the Glory of God

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More Than A Camp High: (Part Two)

on July 29, 2018 by

Pursuing Emotional Experience for the Glory of God

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Teaching your kids about money

on July 23, 2018 by

Four Things Dads Should Teach Their Kids About Money (Paul David

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Searching For The Right Leaders

on July 21, 2018 by

Here’s what I should have been doing…

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10 apps That Help

on July 12, 2018 by

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the App Store. To celebrate, here are 10 apps every pastor and church leader should have

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Teens And Anxiety

on July 11, 2018 by

By Walt Mueller

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Skills Google Looks For In Graduates

on July 5, 2018 by

The Seven Top Skills Google Now Looks for in Graduates

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Parents’ Guide To Teen Summer Trends

on July 3, 2018 by

It’s hard enough to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not, which makes it harder for parents to connect with their…

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Hacking Technology With Tim Schmoyer

on July 2, 2018 by

A Guided Tour of Technology that Can Help Your Youth Ministry

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What’s Hot?

on June 30, 2018 by

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

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Flashback: Fewer Teens Are Having Sex

on June 29, 2018 by

The CDC, teen risks, and who is vulnerable

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Staying In Touch In The Summer Months

on June 26, 2018 by

summer can be a great time to think outside the box and create some quality relationship-building moments

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For Teens, More Screen Time Tied To Less Sleep

on June 17, 2018 by

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

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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