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Teen Returning Wallet With $1,500 To Homeowner

on September 20, 2017 by

Melissa Vang is thrilled to see goodness lies in the hearts of teens. “God bless this young man’s heart,”


College Transition Connection

on September 19, 2017 by

Campus Ministry Link is a way to connect students with campus ministries, on any college campus across the nation

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5 Reasons Your Youth Ministry May Never Grow

on September 18, 2017 by

Let’s make sure that we are doing everything that we can to grow our ministry!

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Is Abstinence-Only Education Really Ineffective?

on September 17, 2017 by

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen people bashing abstinence programs. Back in 2004 a report prepared for House Democrats shredded abstinence…


What’s Hot?

on September 16, 2017 by

Hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies


Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?

on September 15, 2017 by

More comfortable online than out partying…But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis


Communication And Identity

on September 14, 2017 by

Here’s a simple breakdown of these three facets of communication and how they can work best for any ministry.

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Earlier Drinking By Teens Linked To Earlier Sex

on September 13, 2017 by

Teens who start drinking at younger ages are more likely to have their first sexual encounter earlier than others, according to a…


Inviting Grandparents In

on September 12, 2017 by

Even if your relationship with your parents isn’t all that you wish it could be, your parents want to be a part…

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6 Strategies For Engaging The Hurting Teen

on September 8, 2017 by

What would you tell Courtney? The question of pain and suffering is one we face a lot in youth ministry


Youth Workers Are You Giving Parents Bubbles?

on September 7, 2017 by

Walt Mueller

Youth workers are you giving parents bubbles

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Drug Reduces Risk Of HIV Infection Among Gay Teen Males

on September 6, 2017 by

Can safely reduce HIV risk for those under 18


Flashback: Canadian Study Of Young People And The Church

on September 5, 2017 by

Hemorrhaging Faith: Why and When Canadian Young Adults are Leaving, Staying and Returning to Church


Forcefield: Child Internet Safety

on September 4, 2017 by

The preferred parental control software solution of Focus on the Family.


Dating app Tinder finds gold at Apple’s App Store

on September 3, 2017 by

Tinder for the first time became the top-grossing app in Apple’s online shop, topping the likes of Netflix, Pandora and hit mobile…


Social Media Culture Can Lead To Inappropriate Posts

on September 2, 2017 by

Risky social media posts…might be a deliberate strategy to fit in with the wider social media culture that makes people believe ‘it’s…


Many ‘Practicing Christians’ Agree With Aspects Of Marxism

on September 1, 2017 by

We have observed and reported on increasing pluralism, relativism, and moral decline among Americans and even in the Church.”


Don’t Fumble This Amazing Opportunity…Values

on August 31, 2017 by

30% of students never make the transition from the children’s ministry to the youth ministry

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The Ever-Increasing Impact Of Social Media

on August 30, 2017 by

Is It Changing Kids From the Inside Out?


Snapchat Video Shows Girls Drinking Before Deadly Crash

on August 29, 2017 by

Police Chief: I would speak to our teens and young adults out there: You’re not invincible


The Winners From The 2017 MTV VMAs

on August 28, 2017 by

The complete winners list



on August 28, 2017 by

Houston didn’t come up at the star of tonight MTV VMA awards out in Hollywood


Beloit College Mindset List Class Of 2021

on August 26, 2017 by

Beloit College Releases the Mindset List for This Year’s Entering Class of First-Year College Students



on August 25, 2017 by

Girls are wired to learn through being social and relationships, boys are hardwired for activity and movement


Hot New Anonymous Messaging App

on August 24, 2017 by

Popular with U.S. teenagers and in a growing number of other countries, Sarahah

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Marijuana Tied To High Blood Pressure

on August 23, 2017 by

The longer they used Marijuana the more likely they were to have hypertension

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Snapchat vs Instagram

on August 22, 2017 by

46% Of Influencers Say They Would Give Up Snapchat If They Were To Abandon One Platform

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Memes Are Not Your Friend

on August 21, 2017 by

Relational intimacy in a digital world has been re-imagined

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Flashback: “Squirt Gun Assassin”

on August 21, 2017 by

High School Principal Warns Parents About Risky ‘Squirt Gun Assassin’ Game


What’s Hot?

on August 20, 2017 by

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

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Why Your Family Needs To Play And Have Fun Together

on August 19, 2017 by

The opposite of play is not in fact work, as you might have guessed, but it’s actually depression

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5 Things….Before You Send Your Kid To College

on August 18, 2017 by

A college administrator offers counsel on coming of age and higher e


Baseball Player Sues Coach…Claims Benching Was Bullying

on August 17, 2017 by

$150,000 from now-former baseball coach on the grounds that his repeated benching constituted a pattern of bullying and harassment.


Mom Critically Injured While Saving Kids From Falling Tree

on August 16, 2017 by

“It was terrifying,’’ “You heard the tree fall and didn’t know what happened, and then you hear a baby scream.’’

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The Empty Promise Of Stuff

on August 15, 2017 by

Walt Mueller


4 Essential Aspects Of Addressing Sexuality With Teenagers

on August 14, 2017 by

We shouldn’t shy away from teaching what the Bible says about sexuality, but proclaim it with grace and love.

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Student Ministries Game Plan For The Upcoming Year

on August 13, 2017 by

Summer time has gone by very fast and the school year has started for schools across the country

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Teens Are Most Bullied On Instagram And Facebook

on August 12, 2017 by

Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017, with Facebook close behind

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Are You In Charge Of Your Kids Or Are They?

on August 11, 2017 by

Are You in Charge of Your Kids or Are They in Charge of You?


Values: Why Kids Are Walking Away From Their Faith?

on August 10, 2017 by

Last weekend I met some people who are tackling this reality head on… and I think they’re onto something

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Facebook Pulls The Plug On Teen-Focused Network

on August 9, 2017 by

The teen-only social network aimed to rival Snapchat when it was launched a year ago


Team, Disqualified For flipping The Bird On Snapchat

on August 8, 2017 by

The social media post resulting in the disqualification for the softball 2017 world championship


Building A Next-Level Volunteer Team

on August 7, 2017 by

We all want long-term, invested volunteer leaders in our ministries. We want to build a connected and cohesive team, willing to follow…


Flashback: 5 Ways To Retain Juniors And Seniors

on August 6, 2017 by

The number one thing you need to do is connect students to…


Get Your Youth Ministry Report Card Here

on August 4, 2017 by

If you set goals it is time to evaluate how you did.

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Teenage Clicks

on August 3, 2017 by

Facebook subsidiary Instagram has courted Snapchat fans with its own “Stories” feature

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Book: Help Your Family Become Tech-Wise

on August 2, 2017 by

gives a vision for a life of beauty, relationships, and creativity not enslaved to technology

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Teen Summer Bucket List Goes Viral

on August 1, 2017 by

Go to a party,Have sex, Give two blow jobs, 8 hoe pics for Instagram,Hook up with Jacob again,Get a boob hickey…

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The Definitive List Of Volunteer Expectations

on July 31, 2017 by

For any student ministry to be effective having dedicated and quality adult volunteers is essential

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2 Reasons You Should NOT Be Independent

on July 30, 2017 by

You might look at that title and raise an eyebrow. Isn’t independence what we are going for?


Middle School Madness

on July 29, 2017 by

After surviving seventh grade, you might be thinking, The end…it’s almost over. But don’t

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Why I’m Still Doing Middle School Ministry (35+ Years)

on July 28, 2017 by



Why Kids Choose Sports Over Your Youth Ministry

on July 27, 2017 by

Passing thoughts from a youth pastor leading a youth ministry while also balancing being a “sports dad” to two athletes of my…

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How Living Counter-Culturally Can Lead To Your Kids’ Resentment Of Christianity…Values

on July 26, 2017 by

There are four ways we can inadvertently allow that to happen


90 Hospitalized, Underage Drinking At ‘Hot Jam’ Concert

on July 25, 2017 by

“A ‘typical’ concert is around 20-30 transports. 60 would be very bad. We had 70 once and 90 last night,”

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Heavy Drinking In Teens Can Damage Brain

on July 24, 2017 by

Research looking at the effects of alcohol among young people found that heavy drinking can cause brain changes resulting in disastrous short-term…

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How To Monitor Your Kids Smartphone

on July 23, 2017 by

6 Ways to talk to your kid about smart phone monitoring


Study: Religious People More Tolerant Than Atheists

on July 22, 2017 by

Researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium…

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Media Influence…

on July 21, 2017 by

It reveals what parental concerns regarding media influence in today’s world


Values: Counter Cultural Parenting…Video Or Podcast

on July 20, 2017 by

“When Parent Must Contradict Culture”


Teenage Consumer Spending Statistics

on July 19, 2017 by

Statistic Brain Research Institute

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11-Year-Old’s Invention Could Prevent Hot Car Deaths

on July 18, 2017 by

A device that will sit on a car seat and detect movement if a baby is left in the car. It will…

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How To Survive Student Ministry

on July 17, 2017 by

One Simple Principle That Helped Me Survive Student Ministry


First US Deaths Recorded From “Blue Whale Challenge

on July 16, 2017 by

Online Game That Ends in Livestreamed Suicide

Facebook Said to Plan Unveiling Instagram Video-Sharing Service

Social Media The “Identity Fitting room.”

on July 15, 2017 by

Perhaps one of the greatest battles we and our kids face each and every day of our lives is the battle over…

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Online Game Urges Young People To End Their Lives

on July 13, 2017 by

Calls on participants to complete a series of tasks before taking their own lives, schools are warning parents about the so-called Blue…

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Six Books For Your First Year In Student Ministry

on July 12, 2017 by

Reflection, and strategic implementation are invaluable to building a sustainable, God-glorifying ministry

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Values: Preparing Your Kids Faith For College

on July 10, 2017 by

Five Ways to Send Your Kids to College with Confidence in the Bible


Kesha’s Blended Spirituality

on July 9, 2017 by

Am I dead? Or is this one of those horrible dreams. If I am alive, why? If there is a God


The Best Advice You Would Give To A New Youth Worker?

on July 8, 2017 by

By Walt Mueller

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Katy Perry Reveals Past Suicidal Thoughts

on July 7, 2017 by

Katy Perry is getting real with fans this weekend, and even opening up about past suicidal thoughts during a therapy session.


Student Sneaks Flask Into Prom By Hiding It In Plain Sight

on July 7, 2017 by

Still don’t know how I got away with a huge hip flask as my prom clutch

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Stop Blaming The Students And The Culture…

on July 6, 2017 by

Youth ministry is in danger of becoming the phone book


Britain’s Youth Culture Is Being Shaped By American Tech Giants

on July 5, 2017 by

The way children and young people are watching and consuming programmes and other content is changing fast, and the BBC needs to…

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The Freedom We Celebrate

on July 4, 2017 by

It may be a bit of stretch, but I think there’s a connection between July 4th and parenting…

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4 Ways To Respond To Unchurched Students

on July 3, 2017 by

Imagine you’re a teen who has stepped into your youth program for the first time. How would you feel?


What’s Hot?

on July 2, 2017 by

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

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College: Who’s Waiting for Your Kids?

on July 1, 2017 by

Parents, pastors, youth workers, …it’s time to get serious about training the next generation


The Successful Failure

on June 30, 2017 by

Ben Lock


The Blockbusters Of 2017 (Part 2)

on June 27, 2017 by

A List of Summer’s Biggest Movies…and the Themes In Them


The Blockbusters Of 2017 (Part 1)

on June 27, 2017 by

Summer’s Biggest Movies…and the Themes in Them

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Teen Student Drinking Declines, But 1 in 6 Binge

on June 26, 2017 by

CDC report

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What’s Hot?

on June 24, 2017 by

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

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Volunteers:How to Find Them, Train Them….Keep Them

on June 23, 2017 by

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry


How To Set A Solid Calendar For The Year

on June 22, 2017 by

A healthy ministry knows why it exists. It’s a ministry that knows that there are great ideas…but


Teens Are Getting As Little Exercise As 60-Year-Olds

on June 20, 2017 by

A significant majority of teenagers don’t get the recommended 60 minutes of exercise per day,

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Parents Who Fight in Front of Kids May Do More Harm…

on June 20, 2017 by

New study says arguing in front of kids may alter the way they think


Youth Ministry Hazard

on June 19, 2017 by

We’re susceptible to the hazard of emotional affairs for many reasons


What Does It Take To Be A Good Father?

on June 18, 2017 by

Interview with Josh McDowell


Dad And The Right Priorities

on June 18, 2017 by

I’ve been thinking a lot about my dad. At the end of his life he taught me a lot about “right priorities

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College Students, Poor Sleep Habits Equal Poor Grades

on June 16, 2017 by

College students with irregular patters of sleep and wakefulness also had lower grade point averages.

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Managing Conflict In Youth Ministry

on June 15, 2017 by

10 Principles For Conflict Management

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Helpful….. New Free Resources By Jonathan McKee

on June 14, 2017 by

We have posted some really helpful free resources in the last month or two. I wanted to highlight a few in case…

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Health Tip: Graduating Teens, Take Care Of Your Health

on June 13, 2017 by

Heading to college after high school graduation represents a big transition, including the need to take care of yourself


Pornography: Necessary Talking Points With Kids

on June 12, 2017 by

By Walt Mueller

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Night Phone Use A Danger For Adolescent Mental Health

on June 11, 2017 by

Adolescents’ late-night mobile phone use was directly linked to poor quality sleep, which subsequently led to poorer mental health outcomes, reduced coping,…

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Teen Pregnancy Rates Drop As Government Funding Of Sex Ed dDecreases

on June 10, 2017 by

Study: budget cuts to sex education classes may have contributed to lower rates of teenage pregnancy in England

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Soon, iPhones Will Block Texts While Driving

on June 9, 2017 by

Apple will introduce a new iPhone feature that will do away with that annoying — and dangerous — urge to look at…

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Friendship More Important For Health Than Family As We Age, Study Finds

on June 8, 2017 by

…our social circle has a greater impact on our health and well-being than family does, a new study finds