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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


Flashback: Principal Dress Codes ‘Preserve Girls’ Virginity

on April 17, 2018 by

men are sexually distracted ( need to control your eyes)  “ladies should cover up” rather than be considered sex objects


Inside New York’s Silent Sex Trafficking Epidemic

on April 16, 2018 by

Taking kids who are in need of help, preying upon that need, developing a relationship and then turning against them and turning…

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Creating An Inviting Culture

on April 14, 2018 by

Summer Camp Is The Linch Pin

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Hard To Reach Students

on April 13, 2018 by

Most hard-to-reach students aren’t actually that hard to reach; we just need to put in a little extra effor

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The Death Of “The Great Commission”

on April 12, 2018 by

51% of church goers do not know what the “The Great Commission” is. Take that in for a moment, the average “Christian”…


Need Help Recruiting

on April 11, 2018 by

Don’t Miss These 3 Great Recruiting Ideas

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Flashback: How To Protect Your Kids From Porn

on April 10, 2018 by

Everyone knows that porn is ubiquitous online, a danger to be aware of and avoid vigilantly

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Church Planting as Youth Ministry Pt2

on April 9, 2018 by

Two Views of the Role of Youth in the Mission of the Church


Church Planting as Youth Ministry. Pt1

on April 9, 2018 by

An ongoing column which draws together insights from two crucial spheres of ministry: youth ministry and church planting

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Kids, Smartphone Addiction…Infographic

on April 8, 2018 by

According to a January 2018 poll of parents, 47% think their children are addicted to their smartphone device


Virtual Reality and Negative Health Effects In Children

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58% Of Parents Concerned About Negative Health Effects In Children Using Virtual Reality


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What Pastors Need To Know About ‘Nones’

on April 6, 2018 by

The death of Christianity in America has been announced many times—and yet Christianity continues to thrive


Are Called Into Youth Ministry?

on April 4, 2018 by

How Do You Know if You Are Called Into Youth Ministry?

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Is Your Ministry Informational Or Transformational?

on April 3, 2018 by

Here are a few ideas to take your ministries from informational to transformational:


Tinder And Instagram Are ‘Crippling’ Relationships

on April 2, 2018 by

Dating apps are giving us too many options, and other apps give us an excuse to be “psychologically gone.”

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He Is Risen! …

on April 1, 2018 by

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What’s Hot?

on March 31, 2018 by

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

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Is Your Student Ministry As Healthy As It Could Be?

on March 29, 2018 by

Here are 6 areas of health that need to be in top condition


Prince’s Cause Of Death…Fentanyl “Exceedingly High”

on March 27, 2018 by

For those unfamiliar, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is said to be 50 times more powerful than heroin


Digital Life By The Minute…Values

on March 26, 2018 by

An In-Depth Look at Constant Connectivity…and What It’s Costing

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Gen-Z Relieved to Escape Their Smartphones For…..

on March 24, 2018 by

Gen Z are relieved when placed in a situation where they are unable to access their smartphones for several weeks


Book: Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood In A Digital Age

on March 23, 2018 by

A practical guide to building your child’s bond with family and fostering school success amid the allure of digital screens

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School Wants Parents To Take Responsibility

on March 22, 2018 by

Now their poster is spreading like wildfire online

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Working With Teenage Boys

on March 21, 2018 by

10 strategies for working with teenage boys


Cellphones Can Hinder Dinnertime Social Connections

on March 20, 2018 by

Keeping your “elbows off the dinner table” may now be replaced by “take your phone off the table.”


Deepfakes: A Newer, Scarier Genre Of Porn

on March 20, 2018 by

A new genre of porn, Deepfakes, is growing in popularity… and it’s scary


She’s 15 And married

on March 19, 2018 by

‘What’s the point of making her wait?’ mom says


What’s Hot?

on March 18, 2018 by

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

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St. Patrick Calls All Christians To be The Missionaries

on March 17, 2018 by

We must inspire missionary brigades of Christians ready to free the captives of this confused culture


What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

on March 16, 2018 by

…porn was their primary source for information about sex.  Adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know


Thousands Of Students Take Part In National WalkoutDay

on March 15, 2018 by

Dozens of students said they are tired of just “thoughts and prayers.”


Frustration In Student Ministry

on March 15, 2018 by

Frustrations are a part of ministry, so how can we not let them get the better of us?
Here are four thoughts


Parent’s Guide To Social Media Use For Kids

on March 15, 2018 by

Children’s health experts warned that excessive use of digital devices and social media “is harmful to children and teens.”


Wrinkle In Time Stripped Of Its Christian Themes

on March 13, 2018 by

Love has been so recklessly removed that it drains this already abysmal film of depth and strips it of a universal message we…


Confessions Of An Overweight Youth Pastor

on March 12, 2018 by

I knew I had two options: burn some calories or burn-out of ministry

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iHeartRadio Music Award Winners 2018

on March 12, 2018 by

Complete List


Social Media Friends Can Bruise Your Body Image

on March 11, 2018 by

Seeing too many social media posts from friends about their fitness activity can harm your body image, a new study contends.


60 Seconds Snapshot Online Activity

on March 10, 2018 by

The wealth of interactions that were processed in 60 seconds on average in 2017


Pro-Life Students Fight To Defund Planned Parenthood

on March 9, 2018 by

Pro-Life Students Launch Nationwide Tour to Defund Planned Parenthood


How Nickelodeon Keeps Kids Watching Its Screens

on March 8, 2018 by

Noting that modern kids want to see shows that mirror the people in their lives. “Multicultural, authentic and diverse,”


The Full-Time Youth Pastor Compensation Survey 2017

on March 8, 2018 by

Tangible data surrounding the compensation of full-time Youth Pastors in order to minimize vague speculation, while also providing concrete data and evidence

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Raised On Violent Explicit Images

on March 7, 2018 by

Male and female teens are headed for relational disaster