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Reclaiming Fatherhood

on August 28, 2016 by

I simply didn’t understand how parents fit into the ministry picture


Meet the Churches Engaging—and Keeping—Young People

on August 28, 2016 by

A study of 250 congregations suggests that engaging youth and young adults has little to do with style and everything to do…

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More U.S. Teens Experiencing Depression

on August 27, 2016 by

According to new research, from 2013 to 2014, about one in nine teens in the United States had a major depressive episode,…


An Interview with Doug Fields & Josh Griffin

on August 26, 2016 by

Jonathan McKee


Watch: Tale Of Redemption

on August 26, 2016 by

by Walt Mueller


Why Doubt Needs To Have A place In Your Youth Ministry

on August 23, 2016 by

It’s not doubt that is squelching young people’s faith…It’s protective parents who shield teenagers from hard conversations that feel too to navigate


Hurry Up And Hurry Up Some More

on August 19, 2016 by

Adam Mclane

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10 Things Your Son Needs From You

on August 19, 2016 by

Our job is to raise young people in love and security, but also make sure they are well equipped to leave home…


Come Honor The life And Legacy Of Joel Stigale

on August 17, 2016 by

The memorial service. In lieu of flowers or gifts please give to the Catalyst Building fund, as a celebration of Joel’s dream


Flashback: Veggie Tales: “Morality, Not Christianity”

on August 17, 2016 by

I looked back..and realized I had spent 10 years trying to convince kids to behave Christianly without actually teaching them Christianity

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RIP Joel Stigale: Youth Ministry Legend

on August 16, 2016 by

Well done, good and faithful servant!

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RIP Joel Stigale: Youth Ministry Legend

on August 16, 2016 by

Well done, good and faithful servant!

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RIP Joel Stigale: Youth Ministry Legend

on August 16, 2016 by

Well done, good and faithful servant!


Flashback: 10 Back To School Kick Off Ideas For Youth Ministry

on August 15, 2016 by

Ahhh school is back in session for some and for others its coming quickly so here are…

Grace Helbig E tv youth culture report


on August 14, 2016 by

Short Survey

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American College of Pediatricians Says Gender Ideology Harms Children

on August 14, 2016 by

The American College of Pediatricians has released an in-depth report stating that the move to indoctrinate children with the idea that they…

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Technology Rules That Teens Would Set for Their Parents

on August 14, 2016 by

Family technology rules is among the first to explore children’s expectations for parents’ technology use — revealing kids’ feelings about fairness and…


Values: Change The Way We Talk To Teenagers About Reading Their Bible

on August 13, 2016 by

Nowadays, I find myself encouraging my teenagers not to think about their daily time with God as something that they do for…


A Youth Minister’s Back-To-School Checklist

on August 13, 2016 by

3 Things You Might Forget



on August 13, 2016 by

What does it really mean anyway?

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The Volunteer From Hell

on August 12, 2016 by

This person has left a trail of destruction at each ministry she volunteers at…. yet new churches keep putting her into positions…



on August 11, 2016 by

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on August 11, 2016 by

Mark Oestreicher

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What Teenagers Need From Us More Than (Almost) Anything Else

on August 11, 2016 by

Kara Powell


Helping Kids Navigate Through Crisis

on August 10, 2016 by

How to identify the signs your child is struggling and how to respond in an appropriate way

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Churches Take New Security Measures In Face Of Terror Threats

on August 10, 2016 by

“Allahu Akbar!” the unidentified man repeated several times as the unnerved parents drew their infants close and exchanged worried glances


Teens & Youth Pastors Struggle With Porn

on August 9, 2016 by

Teen boys and girls view pornography weekly..pornography also has a grip on an alarming number of pastors and youth pastors

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Moms Have Toughest Time When Kids Are In Middle School

on August 9, 2016 by

Most taxing years for mothers….middle school years are far more challenging

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Flashback: Olympic Lesson……Overcoming Hurdles

on August 8, 2016 by

Even the best of us with all of our training, preparations, and aspirations can trip up and fall

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What Do Young People Really Want In A Church?

on August 8, 2016 by

Debunking myths about what attracts the next generation

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Living in the Online Village

on August 6, 2016 by

Helping Teens Manage Social Media


Why Leaders Must Embrace The Next Generation

on August 6, 2016 by

Ben Trueblood


What If We Let Our Kids Just Play

on August 6, 2016 by



Fall Planning Ideas For Youth Pastors

on August 5, 2016 by

Use these ideas as a springboard to create something new in your ministry


Study: Popular Kids In Danger In Their 20’s

on August 4, 2016 by

Had a 45 percent greater rate of problems due to substance abuse by age 22



on August 2, 2016 by

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Creating A Youth Ministry Year Plan

on August 1, 2016 by

It’s that time of year again where many of you start prepping for next season

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#Pokemongo 4 Ways To Engage The Craze

on July 31, 2016 by

Are you or your church a Pokestop? How is your ministry using the game to serve the community or meet people where…

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Best Ministry Job On The Planet

on July 31, 2016 by

10 reasons why being a youth pastor may be the best ministry job on the planet

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9 Things To Do Today That Will Help Your Ministry Tomorrow

on July 29, 2016 by

By Justin Knowles


Serving Parents Who Don’t Go To Church

on July 28, 2016 by

Allow me to help shed some light on a couple of truths in relation to unchurched parents, and then recommend some steps…


A Different Kind Of Parent Ministry

on July 28, 2016 by

God can use parents—even sleep-deprived ones with snot and food on their shoulders—to build up the next generation of leaders


Flashback: “Must Reads For Family & Inter-Generational Youth Ministry”

on July 28, 2016 by

By @Uthguydan

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Stop Trying to Make the Bible Relevant to Teenagers

on July 27, 2016 by


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Four Ideas To Enhance The Culture You Lead

on July 26, 2016 by

Four Ideas to Enhance Your Culture


Managing Expectations

on July 26, 2016 by

6 Benefits of managing expectations


The Resurgence of Demi Lovato

on July 25, 2016 by

How Will It Affect the Lives of Her Young Fans?


Free Youth Ministry Training Tools

on July 25, 2016 by

Jonathan McKee

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Teens And Anonymous apps Infographic: Values

on July 24, 2016 by

What’s the ten appeal?

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How Skipping Church Affects Our Children

on July 24, 2016 by

And if He (Christ) isn’t a priority in our lives, then our children will know and follow suit


How To Make Big Changes In Your Youth Ministry

on July 22, 2016 by

Divvying it up like this it will make you act and take steps to realize that change instead of being paralyzed by…


Building A Solid Strategy For Your Student Ministry

on July 22, 2016 by

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A Letter To My Sons About Pornography

on July 20, 2016 by

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.”


5 Simple Spiritual Pilgrimages

on July 20, 2016 by

Pilgrimages are essential to our spiritual health and to the health of our students

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Framing Sexuality For Teens

on July 20, 2016 by

In just a few more than 50 years, our media culture has gone from treating matters of sexuality as a hush-hush topic…

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Greg Stier: My 10 Worst Ministry Mistakes

on July 19, 2016 by

A ministry veteran reflects on what he wishes he’d done better in his work

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The Myth Of The Non-Christian

on July 18, 2016 by

Engaging Atheists, Nominal Christians and the Spiritual But Not Religious


Pokémon Go And Your Youth Ministry

on July 15, 2016 by

Adam Mclane

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Six Potential Downsides Of Social Media

on July 14, 2016 by

Tim Elmore

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The Potential Upside Of Social Media

on July 14, 2016 by

Tim Elmore

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Raised In A Day Of Social Media

on July 14, 2016 by

Tim Elmore

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5 Conversations You Must Have With Grads Before College…Values

on July 13, 2016 by

Don’t miss this opportunity before they leave


8 Ways Churches Can Capitalize On Pokemon Go

on July 12, 2016 by

Don’t miss out on this…Paul said he became all things to all people so that some might come to Christ


Is It Too Early To Be Thinking About Fall? Episode 35

on July 10, 2016 by

After 9 Youth Ministry…Start 7:00 Min

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Back To School Planning For Youth Workers

on July 10, 2016 by

Better Planning for a Better Fall


Family Crisis Management

on July 10, 2016 by

Seeking Answers, Finding Hope

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Religion Shown To Steer Adolescents Away From Pornography

on July 9, 2016 by

However, these age-based increases in pornography viewing are decidedly lesser among those who attend religious services

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Stages Of Middle School Development

on July 7, 2016 by

Dan Istvanik


Learning From Failure

on July 5, 2016 by

Don’t let failure define you


what I’ve Learned In My First 10 Years Of Youth Ministry

on July 5, 2016 by

Stop yearning for something better and figure out how to minister to those you’ve been placed with


How To Survive And Thrive In Your First Youth Ministry Job

on July 5, 2016 by

YS Blog

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5 Reasons Why Teenagers Need Theology

on July 4, 2016 by

Secular society throws its own answers our way, but they’re never compatible with a Christian worldview


Duffy Robbins… Insights Into Teens Lives

on July 2, 2016 by

Voices of the Phase Project


5 Essential Steps To Clarity In Ministry

on June 30, 2016 by

Clarity is the result of a deliberate journey

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How To Help Teens Belong

on June 30, 2016 by

“Most teens feel out of place in this world.”


The 5 Best Ways To Deal With Criticism In Youth Ministry

on June 28, 2016 by

While you’re in Youth Ministry doing your best to serve and lead you will get criticized

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Connecting With Kids Who Don’t Want To Spend Time With You

on June 28, 2016 by

All the experts preach that you need to communicate with your teenager. But what if they don’t want to have anything to…

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Flashback: 6 Things To Do Before The New School Year

on June 27, 2016 by

Summer in Youth Ministry can be a busy time. It always seems to me that it is gone almost as soon…


Why I Use 30 Slides In A 15-Minute Sermon…

on June 27, 2016 by

….and You Should Too

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How to Reach the Next Generation

on June 24, 2016 by

Part 1

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How to Reach the Next Generation

on June 24, 2016 by

Part 2


How to Reach the Next Generation

on June 24, 2016 by

Part 3

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Dads And Culture

on June 23, 2016 by

by Walt Mueller

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Truly Partnering With Parents

on June 17, 2016 by

by Jonathan McKee


3 Keys To Keeping Boundaries In Ministry

on June 17, 2016 by

In fact, it can be incredibly difficult to maintain appropriate boundaries in ministry

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El Salvador Awaken Tour: Part 2

on June 16, 2016 by

George Lockhart

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How Do You Help The Single Dads In Your Church?

on June 16, 2016 by

While single moms do make up the majority of single parents, single dad households are on the rise

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Essential Youth Ministry: Relational Transformation

on June 16, 2016 by

The purpose behind our actions is a significant factor in determining our success or failure

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“Can I Have a Phone?” Values…

on June 15, 2016 by

Answering Every Kid’s Burning Question

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Yelling Dads Make Teenage Behavior Worse

on June 11, 2016 by

How fathers interact with their children when disciplining them, has links to aggressive and delinquent behavior in later life.

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Fighting ISIS And Supporting The Christian Community Of Iraq

on June 10, 2016 by

Help protect kids from the killings, rapes, and kidnapping. Visit to learn how to help.

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“What Is Our Student Ministry Called To?”

on June 9, 2016 by

We don’t need a new mission. We don’t need a new model. We need new ministry goals and an unrelenting commitment to…

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Teaching Techniques That Tantalize

on June 9, 2016 by

Any question that is surprising, specific, and personal will get your students talking.

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on June 9, 2016 by

Walt Mueller

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Gender Ideology Putting Children At Risk

on June 8, 2016 by

More than 60 leaders concerned about the mental health of American children have signed onto an open letter


The Battle With Culture

on June 8, 2016 by

…if we don’t ever engage the earth, how can we be witnesses in it?


Just Before Steph’s Biggest Game, Ayesha Curry Stands For Her Faith

on June 7, 2016 by

In a world full of half-dressed celebrities willing to bare-all, Mrs. Curry’s powerful stand for modesty is a beautiful thing

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20 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Pastor

on June 7, 2016 by

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are some things we are failing to prepare new pastors for

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Church Mistakenly Employs Homeless Musician For 3 Years Thinking He Was New Youth Pastor

on June 7, 2016 by

Wandering into the church..he was immediately assumed to be the new youth pastor, due to the guitar he was carrying and unkempt…

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What Are Your Goals For Students This Summer?

on June 6, 2016 by

Paul Worcester shares a summer goals worksheet that he uses with students through Christian Challenge and Chico State University