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What is the reason for our troubles?”

on October 21, 2018 by

The cultural narrative pushes the expectation and pursuit of pleasure and the total avoidance of pain and difficulty

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Why Rites Of Passage Are Clutch

on October 21, 2018 by

It is only in looking backwards that I can understand that these rites were not in place to torture me; they were…

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How To Get Your Kids To Do What You Want

on October 21, 2018 by

Practical faith is something that is caught, not taught

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How To Keep The Next Generation in Church

on October 17, 2018 by

5 Ways On How To Keep the Next Generation in Church

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Pastor’s Kids

on October 17, 2018 by

It can be so important for students to see you interact with your kids and be an example of the type of…

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Lawnmower Parents And Snowflake Spirituality

on October 17, 2018 by

We are creating a generation that has no idea what to do when they actually encounter struggle

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Phantom Community… Belonging?

on October 15, 2018 by

We have moved from being in community to having a sense of community

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Pornography Is Destructive

on October 15, 2018 by

How to have an impact for conversations  with students about porn

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Flashback:The Blessing Book To Help Your Family

on October 14, 2018 by

The Blessing is a biblical tool that can help YOU communicate unconditional love as an unshakable foundation for HEALTH and wholeness

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Missions: “Pimping The Poor” Or Transformation

on October 14, 2018 by

Connects a group with permanent ministries in a community in order to provide support to those ministries

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Youth Ministry Evaluation

on October 14, 2018 by

6 Questions ever youth worker should ask

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Make Successful Changes In Youth Ministry

on October 12, 2018 by

A helpful guide to grid and map out the requirements for navigating change

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How To Create A climate Of Connection..Belong

on October 12, 2018 by

Kids actually forgive all kinds of programmatic mediocrity if they are certain they belong

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Can Christians Use Legal Weed?

on October 12, 2018 by

The Bible outlaws the use of any mind-altering concoction, including mushrooms, drugs, or weed

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Social Justice or evangelism?

on October 12, 2018 by

There shouldn’t even be a debate

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Teaching Theology To kids

on October 12, 2018 by

Theology, done well, must inevitably result in doxology, and we shouldn’t be satisfied with less just because we’re teaching children

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Body Image

on October 12, 2018 by

A message specifically to moms regarding the powerful influence they have on body image

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Don’t You Walk Away

on October 11, 2018 by

“an essential guide to preventing and stopping bullying behaviors.”

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4 Ways To Respond To Pornography

on October 11, 2018 by

The average age a child is exposed to pornography is 8

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5 Ways To Manage Disrespect From Students

on October 11, 2018 by

Demonstrate respect before you expect it to be reciprocated

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TAKE THE YOUTH PASTOR COMPENSATION SURVEY 2018

on October 10, 2018 by

Youth workers the information they needed to have an informed conversation with their church about their compensation

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Full-Time Youth Pastor Compensation Survey For 2017

on October 10, 2018 by

by Dan Navarra

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The Wisdom Of Teen Vogue

on October 8, 2018 by

Do you know what your daughter is reading?

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Book: Doing Life With Your Adult Children

on October 6, 2018 by

Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out

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Adult Leaders In Large Groups

on October 5, 2018 by

Five roles of adult leaders in large groups

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Is Your Ministry Empathetic Towards Parents?

on October 5, 2018 by

By recognizing these realities we can build a compassion that enables us to serve parents effectively. To then show that compassion and…

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Why We Need Rural Churches

on October 5, 2018 by

Many of the least churched regions were in rural America—where about 14 percent of the U.S. population lives

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Helping Teens Navigate The Drama

on October 4, 2018 by

The way a preteen values those friendships may be one of the greatest transitions of this phase.

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Starting A Youth Ministry

on October 4, 2018 by

(Pioneering advice from 15 youthworkers)

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Encouragement For Weary Youth Pastors

on October 4, 2018 by

Youth workers don’t have expiration dates

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Administration And Budgets

on October 4, 2018 by

Annette shares Ministry Architect’s findings as it pertains to budget, staffing, and volunteer norms for children’s ministry and how we can always…

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Brett Kavanaugh: A Youth Pastor’s Perspective

on October 3, 2018 by

if they happened 35 years ago, he should own his behavior. I was not trying to imply that I thought they were…

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A Huge Lesson For Parents From This Week’s Hearings

on October 3, 2018 by

How can we help our kids to make wise choices today?

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Should You Force Your Kids To Go To Mass?

on October 3, 2018 by

One parent reflects on why she doesn’t make Mass mandatory for her children.

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How Men View Women

on October 1, 2018 by

Pornography also gives men a way to get quick sexual pleasure with out the messy, frightening work or building a real relationship…

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Where Is National Youth Ministries And Conferences?

on October 1, 2018 by

“We don’t just do these big Jesus camps where kids get all jacked up”

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10 Youth Pastor Expectations For Churches On Day One

on October 1, 2018 by

Trust. You will have this if you stay long enough and work hard to prove yourself trustworthy

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Teen Drivers Today

on September 30, 2018 by

Following years of decline, fatal car accidents involving teen drivers have accelerated in the United States, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians…

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Youth Pastors: Feed Your Soul

on September 28, 2018 by

This selfish hour is the best way I know of to begin my week

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Flashback: True Grit

on September 28, 2018 by

Grit “is a function of your ability to cope.” When a hard thing happens, grit is the engine that drives perseverance

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Exploring Teen Suicide Free Download

on September 28, 2018 by

Every year, 5,000 teenagers commit suicide, a number that sadly continues increase

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Answering Top Questions From Today’s Parents

on September 27, 2018 by

PART I

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Answering Top Questions From Today’s Parents

on September 27, 2018 by

PART II

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Answering Top Questions From Today’s Parents

on September 27, 2018 by

PART III

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Teen Sex: STDs At A Record High… Again

on September 25, 2018 by

Your response to 4-years-in-a-row of STD’s at a record high

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When Media Changes So Do Kids

on September 25, 2018 by

Understanding the Influence of Social Media on Today’s Teens

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Five Reasons People Leave The Church

on September 24, 2018 by

When our faith stands on anything other than Christ, we put ourselves (and others) in position to fall

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Stop Cool Kids from Killing Your Group

on September 24, 2018 by

3 Ways to Stop Cool Kids from Killing Your Group

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In Defense Of Structure

on September 22, 2018 by

My new youth ministry met for the first time last week

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“Traditional Vows Don’t Mention Feelings At All”

on September 22, 2018 by

Geraldine used to tell us, “Don’t fight the feeling!” Well, perhaps there are times when we should.

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Value: Teens with religious upbringing

on September 20, 2018 by

Study: teens raised in a religious or spiritual environment may be less likely to do drugs and engage in risky sexual behaviors.

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4 Reasons Every Church Needs Older Folks

on September 19, 2018 by

Sometimes senior saints question their usefulness in the church as they age. ….they’re an essential part of the body of Christ

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4 Ways To Partner With Parents

on September 19, 2018 by

… (even when you aren’t one)

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Book: she ‘broke free’ of Evangelical ‘purity’ movement

on September 17, 2018 by

“I want to draw attention to the dangers of sexual shaming and purity teachings.”

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Family As A Picture Of The Gospel

on September 15, 2018 by

Scariness that comes with being part of a family in a fallen world?

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Generation Atheism?

on September 15, 2018 by

How parents act on their religious beliefs linked to the onset of atheism in their children

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Every Day Worship

on September 14, 2018 by

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Why Americans Go (And Don’t Go) To Religious Services

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SECOND HIGHEST reason US adults attend church is because they want their children to have a moral foundation

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Movie: ‘Eighth Grade’ And The Horror Of Being Unknown

on September 13, 2018 by

For anyone seeking to understand and disciple today’s youth, Eighth Grade provides an insightful glimpse into their world

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Internet Safety: Should I Spy On My Kids?

on September 12, 2018 by

but I’ve noticed these filters and monitoring software solutions also tend to build an “over-confidence” with parents who use them

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What’s Hot?

on September 10, 2018 by

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

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In Teen Friendships, Misery Does Love Company

on September 10, 2018 by

A new study finds teens with similar levels of anxiety and depression are more likely to remain friends.

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Religious Folks And Happiness

on September 10, 2018 by

New research suggests that people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday events

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Advice For Teens Starting High School

on September 8, 2018 by

Lastly, look to the church for friendships. Sometimes, we think that with entering school, that’s where we need to find all of…

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How To Engage Culture With Your Kids”

on September 8, 2018 by

When Jesus saw our earthly culture he neither rubber stamped nor kept his distance. He entered our culture to challenge it

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Declining Attendance And 7 Preaching Shifts

on September 7, 2018 by

In the past, people brought themselves to the message. Today, you bring the message to people

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Flashback: 7 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2018

on September 7, 2018 by

Churches who only think Sunday and who only think building will continue to shrink.

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When A Gay Girl Meets A Good God

on September 7, 2018 by

Perry’s journey of faith isn’t your typical teenage coming-of-age story. Instead, hers is one that requires courage and conviction to speak and…

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Can Your Soul Really Survive Social Media?

on September 7, 2018 by

Those who fall repeatedly for self-evidently absurd concepts on the internet are looking for a place to belong, and that’s the price

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Truly Partnering With Parents

on September 6, 2018 by

Raising kids isn’t easy today. Most parents realize they can’t do it alone. And most will welcome help from caring people in…

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Why I Wouldn’t Go To Your Parent Meeting

on September 6, 2018 by

Remember, if you want parents involved in your ministry, focus on their needs. Make parent meetings about the parents

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10 Must Haves For Your Parent Meeting

on September 6, 2018 by

Are you really taking advantage of your Parent Meetings?

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8 Steps To Planning A Good Parent Meeting

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How do we connect, engage and release parents to be the primary disciplers of their teenagers

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Parent Meeting Agenda

on September 6, 2018 by

We typically do these short meetings after church in our youth area, which allows families to stay after church instead of making…

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Keep Reading

on September 5, 2018 by

Here are some great books to help you in your leadership development

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Questions To Ask Yourself

on September 5, 2018 by

How are you preparing yourself for the upcoming year? Take some time to ask questions of yourself

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Spiritually Impacting Your Teens This School Year

on September 5, 2018 by

5 surprisingly simple ways to have a great big spiritual impact on your teens this school year

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Effective Youth Ministry

on September 4, 2018 by

10 Keys to Effective Youth Ministry

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Flashback: 3 Reminders For Our College Bound Kids

on September 4, 2018 by

By God’s grace, knowing the true condition of their hearts and the reality of the world around them will help point them…

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Impacting Middle Schoolers Faith

on September 4, 2018 by

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

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Kickstarting Student Leadership

on September 4, 2018 by

“When starting student leadership it’s important to get the right students and avoid the wrong ones.”

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Helping Parents Prioritize Faith

on September 3, 2018 by

If we’re not careful, the school year will come and go so fast that we might get to June and realize we’ve…

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5 Books Every Youth Worker Should Read

on September 3, 2018 by

I REALLY believe they will be a help to every Youth Pastor and Youth Worker.

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Transition From Children’s Ministry To Youth Group

on September 1, 2018 by

Make sure the rising tweens have seen your face, know your name, and know details about your youth ministry

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Before They Leave

on September 1, 2018 by

Our youth ministry is not the students’ church for the rest of their lives

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4 Ways To Keep Up With Student Culture

on September 1, 2018 by

In other words, a teenager’s beliefs and values will be shaped by who or what they’re listening to

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Helping Kids And Students Belong Before They Believe

on August 31, 2018 by

In this episode, Eric Bryant, author of Not Like Me, talks about how we can help kids and students belong before they…

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5 Fall Events Student Ministries Can Do

on August 31, 2018 by

Not only engage the students you have but also reach new students and introduce them to what your ministry is all about

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Orange Tour: A Huge Gift To Parents

on August 30, 2018 by

Orange Tour is a one-day event in 17 cities…Parent Cue Live is a two-hour experience help parents become more connected to your…

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When Youth Pastors Leave Too Often

on August 30, 2018 by

Many times Youth Pastors leave too often. The damage left behind as a result can be devastating

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10 Slang Terms Teens Use That Adults Should Know

on August 30, 2018 by

Why Do Students Invent and Use Different Terms?

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20 Youth Pastor Expectations On Day 1

on August 29, 2018 by

Youth Pastors tend to burn out so quickly are the expectations that are present from day one

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Why Youth Pastors Leave

on August 29, 2018 by

Planning a lot of events and playing a lot of games is not the same as intentionally building relationships

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Beyond The Honeymoon In Youth Ministry

on August 29, 2018 by

3 Reasons You Should Stay in Your Current Youth Ministry Position

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How Do You Read the Bible? Infographic

on August 28, 2018 by

We recently surveyed over 6,000 people to learn about Bible study habits. In some cases, the results were quite convicting

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Teaching Kids Theology

on August 28, 2018 by

8 Things to Remember When Teaching Kids Theology

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Helping Relieve The Stress Of Back To School For Students

on August 27, 2018 by

So how can we help relieve the (back to school) stress students and families might be experiencing?

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Back To School Prep For Youth Workers

on August 27, 2018 by

Here is a quick look at some of the things that you should consider as you get ready to start your fall…

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4 Back To School Basics Sermon

on August 27, 2018 by

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Better Planning For A Better Fall

on August 27, 2018 by

Here are a few enhancements that you can make to your planning that will help your group to do better in the…