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11 Books Every Christian In College Should Read

on August 15, 2018 by

Outside of the Bible, of course, below are the eleven books every Christian in college should read (and why)


Taking Away Phones Won’t Solve Teenagers’ Problems

on August 14, 2018 by

Just blaming the machines is a cop-out, a way to avoid the much more difficult task of improving young people’s lives

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Barna: DevelopIng Teen’s Faith?

on August 14, 2018 by

Parents and Pastors: Partners in Gen Z Discipleship

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Flashback: Why Youth Ministry Needs Parents

on August 13, 2018 by

The truth is, we need you. Here’s 3 Reasons

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Doing It For The College Resume?

on August 11, 2018 by

Here’s why that isn’t a great idea for our kids


AEO Says Body Positivity Pays

on August 11, 2018 by

AEO is increasingly finding that “body positivity” messages and real-life models can lead to record sales


Cultivating Wise Tech Habits In Your Teen

on August 9, 2018 by

Jonathan McKee offers insight and practical suggestions to parents seeking to guide their teens toward smart management of their digital world

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on August 7, 2018 by

Four things you need to now

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“Parenting Adult Children.” Part 2

on August 6, 2018 by

Be Intentional about Investing in Your Own Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Health


“Parenting Adult Children.” Part 1

on August 6, 2018 by

An Invitation to Keep the Welcome Mat Out and Your Mouth Shut

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Reaching LGBTQ Kids

on August 5, 2018 by

Two Completely Different Theologies… both Reaching LGBTQ Kids


Boys Exposed: How Porn Traumatizes

on August 2, 2018 by

Children under the age of 10 now account for 1 in 10 visitors to porn video sites

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Social Media Taking A Tougher Stance On Underage Kids

on July 30, 2018 by

Facebook and Instagram instructed their moderators to take a tougher stance on underage kids

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Guarding Teens Through The Dangers Of Culture

on July 29, 2018 by

13 Reasons Why We Need to Have Conversations With Our Kids


Sibling Rivalry And Abuse

on July 29, 2018 by

What Parents Need to Know About Sibling Rivalry and Abuse


1 In 4 Teenage Girls Deliberately Harm Themselves

on July 29, 2018 by

Up to 30 percent of teenage girls in some parts of the United States say they have intentionally injured themselves


Hot Cheetos And Takis Under Fire After Snacking Teen…

on July 27, 2018 by

Hot Cheetos and Takis under fire after snacking teen needs gallbladder removal

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Mobile Phone Radiation May Affect Memory

on July 21, 2018 by

Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields may have adverse effects on the development of memory performance of specific brain regions

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Parent Controls Don’t Work?

on July 20, 2018 by

The Internet filtering tools are ineffective and in most cases, were an insignificant factor in whether young people had seen explicit sexual content.

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How The History Of Sunday School Can Help Today

on July 19, 2018 by

A change in the children’s behavior. “They have been transformed from the shape of wolves and tigers to that of men,”

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College Prep

on July 18, 2018 by

What to Expect in Life’s Next Chapter

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Youth Group Games

on July 15, 2018 by

The  Source for youth ministry

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Dealing With Your Angry Teen

on July 12, 2018 by

Here’s some tips how to deal with angry teens


“Upskirting,” And Porn Culture

on July 11, 2018 by

What’s “Upskirting,” And How Does Porn Culture Feed This Twisted Trend?


Why Youth Ministry Shouldn’t Be The Greatest Show On Earth

on July 6, 2018 by

by Walt Mueller

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4 Ways To Be A Great Summer Dad

on July 5, 2018 by

Few things are more cherished in childhood memories than summer. Make no mistake, the season is a BIG deal to our kids

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How Teens Choose To Communicate via Their Many Apps

on July 4, 2018 by

Detailed analysis of Instagram, Snapchat, Texting, Calling, FaceTime.


Best Buy Has Finally Stopped Selling CDs In Its Stores

on July 4, 2018 by

Best Buy will continue to sell vinyl records due to their rising popularity — with record sales at a “27-year-high.”


Possible 3 Hour Dive For Soccer Team

on July 3, 2018 by

Thai youth soccer team could have to dive out of caves or wait months to be rescued

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Helping Bullied, Bullies AND Bystanders

on July 2, 2018 by

I’m not just advocating help for kids who have been picked on, but help for the bullied, bullies and bystanders

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Engaging Teens

on June 29, 2018 by

5 Ways Your Church Can Engage Teens

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What Makes Churchgoers Stick With Their Congregation

on June 28, 2018 by

But don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.


School District To Coach, ‘If You Talk to God, You’re Fired’

on June 27, 2018 by

The irony is that in America it’s okay for coaches to take a knee to protest America, but it’s illegal for public…

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Why I’m Still Doing Middle School Ministry

on June 26, 2018 by

(After 35+ Years)….. Marko

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Parenting And The Cultural Pressure To Conform

on June 25, 2018 by

Well, how in the world did a Christian mom send her 15-year-old son through the streets of Rome past public orgies in…


When Kids Cut Themselves

on June 24, 2018 by

When Kids Cut Themselves Seventeen-year-old Lauren was despondent over breaking up with her boyfriend. She had never known pain so deep and…


The CDC, Teen Risks, And Who Is Vulnerable

on June 23, 2018 by

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

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I’m Not Your Youth Pastor Anymore!

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


MTV Awards: Chris Pratt Shares Message Of Faith

on June 20, 2018 by

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


MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018 Winners

on June 19, 2018 by

The Complete List

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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…

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You Asked: Should I Ditch My Smartphone?

on June 18, 2018 by

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

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More Teens Than Ever Would Try Marijuana

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,…


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 Games

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…


Flashback: Teens On Edge

on June 12, 2018 by

The Causes of Growing Anxiety in Today’s Kids

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The Sin Of Silence

on June 12, 2018 by

The epidemic of denial about sexual abuse in the evangelical church

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“Soulcraft”: Rethinking The College Admissions Race

on June 12, 2018 by

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

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Study: Depression Striking More Young People Than Ever

on June 12, 2018 by

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


What Parents Need To Know About Kids Who Self Harm

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 Youth Ministry World

on June 7, 2018 by

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


Explaining The Masterpiece Cake Shop Ruling

on June 5, 2018 by

2 Minute Video


Leading A Leader Go

on June 4, 2018 by

Why Is This So Hard?

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Communicating With Parents

on June 3, 2018 by

Failure to communicate = a failure to minister

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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…


Bus Trivia Questions

on June 1, 2018 by

10 Things I usually do when we play on trips

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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 FRIDAY!

on May 31, 2018 by

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

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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…

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Teens Exposed To More Junk Food Ads Eat More Junk Food

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.

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Five Ways My Mom Invested the Gospel In Me

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…


Judge: 30-Year-Old Son Must Move Out

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!


Misuse Of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Drugs

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


Webcast: How Should The Gospel Shape Culture

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

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Tempted To Compromise The biblical Message

on May 21, 2018 by

Youth Ministry’s Historical Temptation to Compromise on Biblical Truth

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Body Shaming

on May 20, 2018 by

The Culprits and Impact of Image-Related Insults


School Gunman….Bullied Loner In A Trench Coat

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.


Robot Fills In For High School Student At Graduation

on May 18, 2018 by

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

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Book: Spiritual Grit

on May 17, 2018 by

A Journey Into Endurance. Character. Confidence. Hope


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…


10 apps Every Youth Pastor Should Have This Summer

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

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Why Teenagers Should Understand Their Own Brains

on May 15, 2018 by

And Why Their Teachers Should Too!

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Walt Mueller: Grieving For Youth Ministry

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.

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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


Disney World Cancels Popular Christian Concert

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


More Unmarried Parents Living As Couples

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…

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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…

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Children’s Minister Is The Position In Greatest Demand

on May 6, 2018 by

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


What’s Hot

on May 5, 2018 by

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


New 2 Youth Ministry: The Importance Of Professionalism

on May 4, 2018 by

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


Teenager’s Racist ‘Promposal’ Sign

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.”

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Drinking In Adolescence Derails Brain Development

on May 2, 2018 by

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


Feds Warn: Kids Are Drinking E-Cig Toxic Liquid

on May 1, 2018 by

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


Vlogger Hit By Tractor Trailer While Livestreaming

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.


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…

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Teens Don’t Know Juul Contains Addictive Nicotine

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…


Kids’ Faith

on April 28, 2018 by

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


“Why every Student Ministry Needs A Social Media Strategy

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…

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Want To Know How To Help Empower Vulnerable Girls

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

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10 Questions To Ask Your Teens

on April 24, 2018 by

Youth ministry “success” can be measured in different ways. But, numbers don’t always tell us the whole story…and without the whole story,…

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My Kids Can’t Stop Playing Fortnite

on April 23, 2018 by

Should Parents be Concerned?

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More Young Adults Living With Their Parents In 75 Years

on April 22, 2018 by

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 33% of 25-29 year olds lived with their parents or grandparents in…


Teens Are Using ‘Fortnite’ To Ask Out Prom Dates

on April 20, 2018 by

This dude asked his girl to prom on fortnite… idk if I’m impressed or disappointed

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More Risks for Young Drivers

on April 19, 2018 by

Driving Remains a Dangerous Activity for Today’s Youth

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Unwritten Rule For Parents That Hurts Everyone

on April 18, 2018 by

Adults have made children a priority, however, there is an unintended consequence. Let me explain