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DYM: Parent Tips Podcast Hosted By Jonathan McKee

on April 18, 2019 by

FREE podcasts about youth ministry, youth culture… and now they have me tackling parenting!


Sophie Turner Social Media ‘Contributed’ To Depression

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“I think it contributed. I wouldn’t say that was the main reason. I think it was some sort of chemical imbalance. I think…

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A 13-Month Plan Your Kids’ Parents Will Love

on April 16, 2019 by

When I was young I planned without regard for a typical family’s calendar and budget

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The Legacy I Hope To Leave My Kids

on April 15, 2019 by

I’ve admittedly wondered on many occasions how my kids will remember me

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The Most Important Question

on April 13, 2019 by

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3 Leadership Secrets from Bohemian Rhapsody

on April 12, 2019 by

If your goal is to better engage students, check out my three observations below

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The downside of fortnight

on April 11, 2019 by

Prince Harry said game companies are working “to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible.” For  their…

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The Cult Of Homework

on April 10, 2019 by

Parents and teachers, are drained by their daily workload, some schools and districts are rethinking how homework should work

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Movie: “After” Is It The Teen Fifty Shades Of Grey?

on April 10, 2019 by

On the other hand, it’s a film that will teach, promote, and affirm those sexual attitudes, mores, and behaviors

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Book: A Visual Theology Guide To The Bible

on April 8, 2019 by

Seeing and Knowing God’s Word


Family Finds Hidden Camera livestreaming From Airbnb

on April 6, 2019 by

The scan unearthed a camera, and subsequently a live feed. From the angle of the video, the family tracked down the camera

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Lead Yourself First

on April 5, 2019 by

Here is a hard truth that we must face: we can’t lead anyone further than we have gone ourselves. It’s hard because,…

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What Short-Term Thinking Does to Our Kids

on April 4, 2019 by

Yes, the very students who Mom or Dad intended to give an advantage—thanks to payoff money—now cannot even attend class

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How To Talk To Toung People About Doubt

on April 3, 2019 by

A teenager or young adult is going to ask you a tough question about God that you can’t answer…


Netflix Acquired More Than Dodgeball

on April 2, 2019 by

More Than Dodgeball starring Doug Fields and Josh Griffin of Download Youth Ministry, in more than 190 countries


Becoming Holy

on April 1, 2019 by

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Spark Attendance & Build Momentum

on March 31, 2019 by

How to Use Theme Nights

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14-Year-Old Earns $200,000 Playing Fortnite

on March 30, 2019 by

Griffin’s YouTube which showed him beating a popular Fortnite gamer. The video got 7.5 million views.

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Managing Teens Online

on March 29, 2019 by

As part of Pew Research Center’s research into Americans’ digital lives, they surveyed over 1,000 parents of teens to better understand their…


Movie: Unplanned And Why It’s Rated “R”

on March 27, 2019 by

No one will be able to see this scene and then say they “don’t know” the truth about abortion

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Protecting A Teen Girl From Sexual Harassment

on March 26, 2019 by

Women passengers rally to protect teenage girl from airplane ‘creep’

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How Porn Has Changed Dating Expectations

on March 25, 2019 by

Shallow surface-level attraction is the currency in porn, and we’re here to say that’s cheap. Hold out for something real—hold out for real love.

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The Way U.S. Teens Spend Their Time Is Changing

on March 24, 2019 by

Teens today are spending their time differently than they did a decade ago. They’re devoting more time to sleep and homework, and…

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Parents’ Ultimate Guide To TikTok

on March 23, 2019 by

Is TikTok safe? How does it work? And can I do a duet with my kid? Everything you need to know about…

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How Much Time Should Kids Spend On Smart Phones..Why

on March 23, 2019 by

Happiness and mental health are highest at a half-hour to two hours of extracurricular digital media use a day; well-being then steadily…

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Are Christian Guys An Endangered Species?

on March 22, 2019 by

Why is it every time I teach at a youth leadership convention, the audience is comprised of 75% females?…

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Kim Kardashian & Kylie Jenner Negative Role Models

on March 21, 2019 by

Almost eight in 10 young teenage girls say that pressure from social media is one of the main reasons for mental ill-health…

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Easy Spiritual Assessment Tools For Your Ministry

on March 21, 2019 by

A realistic insight into how your youth view their faith

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How To Lead When You’re Not In Charge

on March 20, 2019 by

One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead

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The Importance Of Greeting Students

on March 19, 2019 by

Welcoming teenagers as they walk in the door is one of my most important ministry practices


College Admissions Scandal Reveals About Most Families

on March 19, 2019 by

Steven Argue & Kara Powell

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Binge Drinking in Teens Increase Risk for Anxiety

on March 16, 2019 by

A growing body of evidence supports the idea that alcohol exposure early in life has lasting effects on the brain and increases…

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Smartphone Addicts’ New Tactic

on March 15, 2019 by

Buy a second phone

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Building Credibility With Parents

on March 14, 2019 by

Parents will be your greatest supporters or your biggest hurdle


Growing With; An Interview With Kara Powell

on March 13, 2019 by

In this episode, Ben Trueblood and Mary Margaret West, talk with Kara Powell about her new book: Growingwith

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How VBS Shapes Our Culture And The Church’s Future..Belong

on March 12, 2019 by

VBS  is needed now more than ever, at a time when more and more families have no access to the gospel

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Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?

on March 12, 2019 by

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a…


The StudentMinistry Podcast: YouthPastor Compensation

on March 11, 2019 by

Amazing resource for youth pastors regarding compensation,  raise, taxes, housing allowance, and other pieces of the financial side of ministry.

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Study: Churches Exclude Children with Autism, ADD/ADHD

on March 10, 2019 by

Children with the greatest need for a supportive community were the most likely to feel unwelcome

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Silence Is A Hindrance In Kids Faith Formation

on March 8, 2019 by

I actually would allow my kids more freedom in their high school years to explore and express their questions about faith

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Is Your Church Ready For The Future

on March 7, 2019 by

Five signs your church isn’t ready for the future

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How To Help Your Family Grow Together Not Apart

on March 6, 2019 by

Guest Post By Kara Powell And Steve Argue


Dear High School Me…..Eating Disorder

on March 5, 2019 by

What My Daughter Would Say to Her Younger Self NoEating Disorder

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Teens Depression Greater Problem Than Bullying, Drugs

on March 3, 2019 by

In a survey of nearly 1,000 teens ages 13 to 17, 70 percent say anxiety and depression are critical issues among their peers,…

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Will Parents Need Kids Permission To Post Pictures?

on March 2, 2019 by

Her mom had been posting photos of her, without prior approval, for much of her life


Transgender Runners Dominate Girls’ High School Track

on March 1, 2019 by

A female runner who failed to qualify or state is calling for the rules to change

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Goal Setting & Implementation

on February 28, 2019 by

It’s that time of the year in which we take a good look at our ministry and begin to work through our…

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Screen Time For Kids?

on February 27, 2019 by

If I can go back and do it all over I would do this


Culture Insight: Paris’s Last Porn Cinema Closes

on February 26, 2019 by

A place where you could be certain no minors would see pornography — nowadays they’re all watching on their phones


Oscars 2019

on February 25, 2019 by

The complete list


Books: The Parent And Family Ministry Collection

on February 25, 2019 by

Here’s a list of some of our favorite books for church leaders that are building a family ministry in their church.

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Vaping May Pose Big Risk For ‘Low-Risk’ Kids

on February 23, 2019 by

Kids who had vaped were four times more likely to experiment with cigarettes

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Why Home Is the Best Location For Youth Ministry

on February 22, 2019 by

They met in homes and discipleship started booming. Kids began growing, getting connected, inviting more friends. Numbers grew.


How Home Groups Can Help Your Student Ministry Grow

on February 21, 2019 by

Taditional youth group night was becoming less effective, we did also notice that home groups were becoming more effective


13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do

on February 20, 2019 by

Give up the unhealthy — yet popular — parenting practices that are robbing kids of mental strength

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Justin Bieber Encourages Abstinence

on February 20, 2019 by

…but not everyone is pleased


When Your Kid Is Drawn To The Bad Crowd

on February 19, 2019 by

Lost children find other lost children because they are seeking some semblance of unity and a place to belong; this is why…

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Evangelism: Generation Why?

on February 18, 2019 by

Churches worry  they can’t reach millennials and Gen Z with questions

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Parents: 5 Reasons To Keep Your Kids In Youth Group…Belong

on February 17, 2019 by

Why it’s important for teens to be involved in a youth group


Book: ‘In The Closet Of The Vatican’

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Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active

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Love Is

on February 14, 2019 by

Love is to be celebrated but not worshiped. It is easy in our culture to worship a quality that is not a…

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Youth Workers Remain Strong

on February 13, 2019 by

Without an anchor, we drift along with the prevailing winds of the spirit of the times. Without a stake in the ground…


Inside The Weird World Of YouTuber Burnout…Belonging

on February 10, 2019 by

What’s it like to have millions of fans when you’re 10? What’s it like to have thousands of people insult or adore…


Chris Pratt Slammed For Attending Anti-LGBTQ’ Church?

on February 10, 2019 by

Hillsong Church Senior pastor Brian Houston the church does “not affirm a gay lifestyle.” No “gay people in positions of leadership,”

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Using Screens in The Dark Can Hinder Preteens’ Sleep

on February 8, 2019 by

Preteens who look at a phone or television screen in the dark an hour before bed are at risk of not getting…

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Parents who study with kids promote better grades

on February 6, 2019 by

This means that student success isn’t determined by genetics, but by parenting

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Book: Meet Generation Z

on February 5, 2019 by

Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World

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The Source For Youthministry And Parents Revamped

on February 4, 2019 by

We’ve amped up the amount of new content we’re adding to each site! Mobile friendly and easier to navigate


The Benefits Of Continuing With Ministry Long Term

on February 3, 2019 by

Success in student ministry doesn’t always happen while they are students in your program. It often happens years later. That is why…

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“How do I build my Ministry If I Can’t Hire Anyone?”

on February 3, 2019 by

“How did you steward what I gave you faithfully?”

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Screen Time Inhibits Toddler Development

on February 2, 2019 by

kids 2-5 years old who engage in more screen time received worse scores in developmental screening tests


Stop Yelling A Your Kids

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3 Ways to Avoid Yelling at Your Kids

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Beyond The Scrolling….Belonging

on January 31, 2019 by

Seeing the deeper longings behind teenagers and social media

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Redeeming Love For Run-Down Parents

on January 30, 2019 by

Multiple times during any particular week, this season often feels overwhelming, stressful, and just hard.

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Helping Student Athletes Win On And Off the Field

on January 29, 2019 by

How to Help Your Student Athletes Win On and Off the Field

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Live Your Life Offline, Pope Tells Young Catholics

on January 28, 2019 by

“It is not enough to be connected all day long. To feel respected and asked to get involved, is greater than simply…

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SAG Awards Winners

on January 28, 2019 by

Complete list

Pablo Vega, a former video-game tester for Electronic Arts Inc. who is forced to live at home because of his job situation, reads a book in his bedroom in Madrid, Spain, on Monday, May 28, 2012. More than half of all workers under age 24 are jobless and 37 percent of Spaniards between 18 and 34 live with their parents. Photographer: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Pablo Vega Gonzalez

support for socialism “comes right out of the universities”

on January 27, 2019 by

Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus said

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Negative Experiences On Social Media Tied To Loneliness

on January 26, 2019 by

Using social media does not appear to reduce feelings of loneliness. In fact, it can make you feel more lonely

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Gospel-Centered Parenting And Grandparenting

on January 25, 2019 by

Continue to expose and free us from the faith-less, grace-less, law-heavy ways we parent, Father. Free us from over-stressing our kids and…

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Netflix’s “Sex Education”

on January 24, 2019 by

…is either addressing or exploiting—you decide—the subject that isn’t talked about much in most homes

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How Enneagram Helped My Ministry

on January 22, 2019 by

You may be a skeptic or have confusion about the Enneagram and thats okay. These have just been a few ways the…

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EIGHTH GRADE’ Film Discussion Guide

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What’s Hot?

on January 19, 2019 by

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


2019 Youth Pastor Compensation Report

on January 18, 2019 by

In my experience there are two big factors that drive people out of professional youth ministry…


2019 Youth Pastor Compensation Report

on January 18, 2019 by

This is the second year that Dan has published the results of his massive, online survey of youth worker compensation


2019 Youth Pastor Compensation Report

on January 17, 2019 by

This is the second year that Dan has published the results of his massive, online survey of youth worker compensation


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Parents Sue District Over Bring Your Bible To School Day

on January 16, 2019 by

Students, have a First Amendment right to express a religious viewpoint to another student, including distribute flyers


Teaching Your Kids Self Control

on January 15, 2019 by

“Choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do.”

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Want Grateful Kids?

on January 14, 2019 by

Consider owning less

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Social Media Linked With Depression In Teen Girls

on January 13, 2019 by

Connection between social media use and depressive symptoms in 14-year-olds, and that connection may be much stronger for girls than boys

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Gospel Lite In Youth Ministry

on January 8, 2019 by

The gospel is the announcement of grace for sinners through the life, death, resurrection, and eventual return of Jesus Christ

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Good Sleep….Healthier Teens

on January 6, 2019 by

Regular bedtimes and adequate sleep during childhood may contribute toward a healthy weight in the teen years



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Pop culture tends to change at the speed of light. As soon as we begin to take hold of a rising trend,…

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Heavy Screen Time Appears To Impact Childrens’ Brains

on December 28, 2018 by

“avoid digital media use—except video chatting—in children younger than 18 to 24 months”

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Benefits Of High School Later Start Times

on December 28, 2018 by

A new study finds that children not only log healthier levels of sleep, they also perform at a higher level in the…

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

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Christmas “Time flies”

on December 25, 2018 by

Don’t miss it. You will blink. . . and they will be older. And that’s why our tree this year reminds me…

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The Presence Of God In Our Anxiety

on December 24, 2018 by

“Studies indicate that when we suffer mental illness alone, the results can be tragic, even horrific. When we suffer inside

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‘Hail Mary’ Pass Helps Win State Title

on December 23, 2018 by

In one of the most amazing plays you will EVER see!