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The Priorities, Challenges, And Trends...

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Millennials are leaving the church. Nearly 6 in 10 (59%) young people who grow up in Christian churches end up walking away

Wisdom For The First 30 Days

on April 20, 2016 by

The decisions you make (or don’t make) in the first 30 days have a profound effect on the rest of your ministry

Indy’s New Approach For A Teen &...

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“It’s not cool for the kids to talk to the police,” Knecht said. The clergy members offer an alternative

White Privilege Conference: Almost...

on April 18, 2016 by

From racism and sexism to global warming and a weak economy, is united by the ideology of “Christian hegemony

Sticky Faith Launch Kit

on April 17, 2016 by

The FYI team has developed a proven process to help you lead change in your ministry

Leaders Are Readers…

on April 12, 2016 by

CPYU: Books Books Books With Byron Borger

The State Of Youth Ministry Report

on April 9, 2016 by

YOUTH SPECIALTIES and YOUTHWORKS commissioned BARNA GROUP to conduct a nationwide study of youth ministers, pastors and parents of teenagers

Newness Of Life

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Devotionals For Leaders

The Glorious Ah-Ha!

on April 8, 2016 by

Devotionals For Leaders

Indiana University Students Mistake...

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“iu students be careful, there’s someone walking around in kkk gear with a whip”

Devotionals For Leaders

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A Beautiful Collision

My Son’s Autism Changed Everything...

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I came to see special needs families as an unreached people group

What It Means To Say That Christ ...

on April 1, 2016 by

The phrase occurs in both the Apostles’ Creed, which many churches recite every Sunday, and in the Athanasian Creed

How To Become One (Church) Family...

on March 29, 2016 by

All of us, regardless of where we are in that transition, could use help because we never arrive

Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A...

on March 28, 2016 by

What an eternal difference it would make if youth groups put the gospel at the center of their teachings, Bible studies, retreats,

What About The Week Before Easter?

on March 28, 2016 by

The Gospel Coalition Explains Holy Week

Explosion Killing At Least 72 Christian...

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“When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air,”

A Biblical Theology Of Resurrection

on March 27, 2016 by

In Jesus’s resurrection body the stigmata, the marks of the wounds, are still there, but his resurrection is unique

“Mommy Says Daddy Has A girlfriend”

on March 27, 2016 by

How to respond when a child discloses a shocker

Top 3 Qualities I’m looking For when I...

on March 15, 2016 by

Someone just asked me, “Jonathan, we’re looking for a new youth pastor.

“Creating A Visitor Driven Culture”

on March 15, 2016 by

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

5 Core Values Your Team Must Foster To...

on March 14, 2016 by

Somewhere along the way, American churches have communicated that comfort trumps the Great Commission

Andy Stanley Explains His ‘Stinking...

on March 9, 2016 by

Andy Stanley has come under fire for remarks he made about small churches in a recent sermon

What Is The Sticky Faith Cohort?

on March 9, 2016 by

“Sticky Faith isn’t about programs; it’s about changing culture.”

Baltimore Boy Stops Prays For Homeless...

on March 9, 2016 by

“This was an amazing sight! I pray this kid becomes a leader amongst his peers, and continues on this path!!”

Is It Possible To Balance Ministry And...

on March 7, 2016 by

Part 2

Youth Workers And Homeschoolers

on March 5, 2016 by

By Walt Mueller

Jennifer Garner Reveals Why She’s...

on February 29, 2016 by

A practice that she said halted when she made her way to Tinseltown.

Why Vision Slips

on February 27, 2016 by

And How to Make Vision Stick

Awakenings: Hope For The Future

on February 20, 2016 by

George Lockhart: Here is the sermon I preached…

How To Utilize Blab For Ministry

on February 19, 2016 by

Have you started using Blab yet? Do you know what Blab is?

6 Ways Ministry Spouses Get Hurt

on February 19, 2016 by

Thom Rainer

A Community Partnership: A Church And...

on February 16, 2016 by

Church and the YMCA will serve as anchor “tenants” at this innovative, mixed-use community destination

Why Kids Should Bring Their Devices To...

on February 12, 2016 by

3.79 billion mobile users, The Church has an opportunity to link a child’s spiritual growth to their mobile device

Teen Who Suffered Cardiac Arrest In...

on February 12, 2016 by

This Heart Month, we hope this video will inspire your Church and staff to become CPR and AED certified

Ten Fascinating Facts About Pastor And...

on February 11, 2016 by

From the work of Richard Hammer, statistical tome: 2016-2017 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff

Why Lent Is Good for Bad Christians

on February 11, 2016 by

The somber season leading up to Easter might feel like punishment. In fact, for people like me, it’s sheer grace

Trend Indicates Over Half Of Emerging...

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The percentage of emerging adult “nones” was now up to 33% of the population

Three Thoughts On How To Design A...

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A ministry strategy is how a church will accomplish the mission of making disciples

Four Essentials To A Simple Ministry...

on February 4, 2016 by

Good strategy almost always looks simple and obvious and does not take a thick deck of PowerPoint slides to explain

10 Youth Pastor Expectations For...

on February 3, 2016 by

You and I walk into a church with expectations of our own

20 Expectations Churches Have From Youth...

on February 3, 2016 by

Most Youth Pastors are ill prepared to tackle all of the unsaid, assumed expectations

Five Common Reasons Church Members...

on February 3, 2016 by

Burnout is common with so many church members. But it does not have to be

ReligionIn America

on February 2, 2016 by

An Interview With Greg Smith of the Pew Research Center by Ed Stetzer

The Porn Phenomenon

on January 30, 2016 by

The Explosive Growth of Pornography and How It’s Impacting Your Church, Life, and Ministry

Book: Your First 90 Days in a New Youth...

on January 27, 2016 by

Your First 90 Days in a New Youth Ministry: A Simple Plan for Starting Right

Book: Your First 2 Years in Youth...

on January 27, 2016 by

Doug Fields

Book: People Skills for Youth Pastors

on January 27, 2016 by

33 Ways to Meet More People and Make a Bigger Difference in Youth Ministry

What Does Youth Ministry Have To Do With...

on January 25, 2016 by

3 things that matter in ministry with youth that have a direct impact on the faith of adults

The Most Effective Way To Inspire Your...

on January 25, 2016 by

….and Attract New Ones

9 Things Worked Church Decade Ago No...

on January 25, 2016 by

Carey Nieuwhof

Relational Evangelism And Church...

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In Canada, a mainline denomination has announced that over the next 5 years, 1000 of their buildings will..

2015 Saw Most Violent Persecution Of...

on January 21, 2016 by

“Christians, longing to stay in their home countries, are being forced to flee for their lives and for their children’s lives,”

The Top 5 Reasons That These 734 Ex...

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…and Why It Matters

Short Film To Teach Men What Manliness...

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A boy will spend more time watching TV by 6 yrs old than he will spend talking to his father in his…

5 Disruptive Church Trends That Will...

on January 13, 2016 by

Church leaders, if you want to raise attendance, raise engagement

Canadian Youth Ministry Project Making...

on January 11, 2016 by

The support I’ve received has been invaluable

Religion in 2015: Rise of the ‘...

on January 10, 2016 by

Pew poll shows uptick in number of people not affiliated with any religion

The Church’s Enemy Number One:...

on January 3, 2016 by

“I forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing,” “If they had love, they wouldn’t behave that way.”

Dear Church: An Open Letter From One Of...

on January 3, 2016 by

I’m just going to tell you what’s true for me, and what I’ve seen to be true of others like me

The Heresy Of Worshiptainment

on January 3, 2016 by

People are hungry. They are hungry for a diet of substance, not candy. More of the Word. Less of “religious toys and…

The Importance Of Teaching The Big Story...

on December 27, 2015 by

Ed Stetzer

3 Ideas For Better Communication

on December 27, 2015 by

Churches—and youth pastors in particular—have a bad rap when it comes to communication

Start With Hello: Introducing Your...

on December 25, 2015 by

Do you want your church to be a place of belonging? Do you want your church to be Irresistible?

German Church Celebrates ‘Star...

on December 21, 2015 by

…getting up early on a Sunday is one of those things. But for something like this, I’ll go,” he said.

Barnabas Piper: 4 Mistakes Pastors Make...

on December 11, 2015 by

What pastor’s kids need, and what pastors who are parents should know

Is Your Mindset Killing Your Ministry?

on December 8, 2015 by

Your Move..Your job is to change your mindset. It might be the only thing that’s holding you back

Value: Millennials…

on November 27, 2015 by

What You Need To Know About The Young Parents You’re Trying To Reach

Millennials And Marriage The Latest

on November 27, 2015 by

Millennials are choosing to get married more often in places other than the church

Leadership Questions For Life

on November 24, 2015 by

George Lockhart

5 Choices To Handle Criticism Better

on November 24, 2015 by

Criticism can wreck us or make us stronger. Here are some helpful ways I’ve learned to handle it

7 Things Every Growing Church Struggles...

on November 22, 2015 by

Carey Nieuwhof

20 Interview Questions For Youth Workers

on November 21, 2015 by

Questions For a Church to Ask a Youth Worker..Questions For a Youth Worker to Ask a Church
20 Interview Questions For Youth Workers

17 Steps That’ll Make Families Want To...

on November 11, 2015 by

You’ll make your ministry sticky for kids and their families — so they’ll keep coming back!

U.S. Is Less Religious And More...

on November 6, 2015 by

Pew Research

U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious

on November 4, 2015 by

Modest Drop in Overall Rates of Belief and Practice, but Religiously Affiliated Americans Are as Observant as Before

Here’s How Houston Voted On...

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At the polls, more than 60 percent of voters rejected the measur

20% Of Church-goers No Longer Attend...

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“Among those with children who attended church before the separation, 35 percent say at least one child no longer attends,”

Serving Well?

on November 3, 2015 by

George Lockhart

The Power Of Leading By Influence

on November 3, 2015 by

What I’m learning as Executive Pastor of Willow Creek

When Youth Ministry Is Counter...

on October 30, 2015 by

By Walt Mueller

Effective Discipleship

on October 29, 2015 by

George Lockhart

3 Essentials To Becoming An Effective...

on October 24, 2015 by

George Lockhart

That Stat That Says Pastors Are All...

on October 22, 2015 by

Ed Stetzer

Leadership Questions For Life

on October 22, 2015 by

George Lockhart

The New Frontier Of Family Ministry

on October 21, 2015 by

The landscape of the family is changing, and the church is facing a new frontier of family ministry

Church asks Boy Scouts To Leave Due To...

on October 21, 2015 by

North Boulevard Church has been an outstanding partner with Boy Scouts Middle Tennessee Council for over 50 years

Appreciating Your Senior Pastor

on October 15, 2015 by

A healthy relationship with your senior pastor or the person you report to is a core part of a healthy youth ministry…

Billy Graham ‘Disturbed’ By Pop...

on October 8, 2015 by

“Some of this pop culture… have come out that portray heaven and hell from a different perspective than what the Bible preaches.”

Concerns Over Religious Freedom Have...

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Ideas For Intergenerational Youth...

on October 1, 2015 by

YS Idea Lab

Building Community In The Junior High...

on September 30, 2015 by

A strong value in connecting with like-minded people who are trying to help middle schoolers get to know and follow Jesus

Why Are Millennials Leaving the Church...

on September 30, 2015 by

Hungering for Jesus..honest community. Hungered for more intergenerational relationships and didn’t experience these in the church

Why Are Millennials Leaving the Church...

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Millennials give for leaving the church. They usually have something to do with the church not reflecting Jesus

Why Are Millennials Leaving the Church...

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It wasn’t the content of Christianity that they rejected, but the posture and form of the church

Catholic Church Releases App To Reach...

on September 28, 2015 by

‘Faithlife’ encourages bible study and fellowship

Pope Francis Decries Chasing ‘...

on September 28, 2015 by

The pope spoke on Sunday against what he sees as a consumerist culture that is eroding personal relationships

Book Review: Brain Savvy Leaders

on September 24, 2015 by

The Science of Significant Ministry

Flashback: Advice To A New Youth...

on September 23, 2015 by

Bill Nance

Study: Religious People Are Happier&...

on September 17, 2015 by

“The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and as a coping mechanism during periods…