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iGeneration and iDentity

The iGeneration isn't logging onto social media to argue about politics, post memes, or catch-up with long lost friends. They're logging on to find themselves – to form, shape, and define their identity.
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The Secret to Writing a Great Youth Ministry Talk

Good ideas are cut from the message and filed away for another day.
Valentine's Day

Intergenerational Valentine’s Day Ideas for Church and Home

Valentines’ Day is just around the corner. For some, this is cause for great rejoicing because the day brings lots of love and chocolate. #Valentine'sDay
Generation C

Meet Generation C

Generation C will set a new precedent for physical interaction, making normal signs of intimacy – like hugging – abstract and normalizing virtual attendance at events and in classes.
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The 4 Big “E’s” of Helping Teens Think and Talk About POLITICS in a...

There’s so much anger, hatred and just plain meanness online, that it’s easy to avoid the whole subject of politics with Generation Z. #politics #genZ #teens #stumin
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Six Core Things Teens Need From the Church

Without a focus on discipleship, churches send teens into an anti-Christian, opinionated, and volatile society, armed with little more than a good time instead of discipleship and truth.
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5 Ways to Help People Through Grief

We are members of a group of people who have frequent exposure to the grief, loss and joy as it’s experienced through kids and teenagers.
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How to Help Students Learn to Be Wise

Your students will drown if they don’t learn how to evaluate and synthesize information from a Christian worldview.
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5 Ways to Help Teenagers Live Out God’s Purposes

The Bible teaches that God made everyone—even teenagers—with a purpose.
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Lessons From Hybrid Youth Ministry

Like the engine in a hybrid vehicle, having two ministry modes allows instant “plan B.” If a teen (or our state) suddenly needs to participate virtually, we make the shift.
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7 Crucial Steps You Must Take Now to Have an Outstanding Year of Youth...

Do you want to build a youth ministry that is filled with precious and pleasant teenagers? Then plan for it now! Plan while you have some time. Plan now before the craziness of Covid is over!
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Parenting Advice for Pastors

Parenting advice for pastors - Your children will either grow up in a performance-driven house or a grace-driven house. If they grow up in a performance-driven house, then they will either be hypocrites or rebels. If they grow up in a grace-driven house, they will be disciples who seek the grace of God.
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Hellfire, Brimstone and Youth Ministry

Go online and take a look at the vast array of youth ministry curriculum made available for a youth leader to use and you'll see all sorts of subjects. You'll see subjects that range from building a healthy self-image to conquering anxiety to strengthening our relationship with God.
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Do You Think the Bible Is True?

No matter their background or training, every teen will need to answer this question at some point in their faith journey: Do you think the Bible is true?
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6 Biblical Resolutions for Dating

Here are six biblical resolutions for dating—uncommon, countercultural commitments, for sure—that will lead to the kind of marriage you long for, the kind of marriage Jesus wants for you.
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Why Big Fun Doesn’t Work Anymore for Youth Group

The truth is that our events aren't supposed to be as fun as the other stuff out there. Our events are just supposed to be more meaningful.
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Family Minister’s Experiment: 80 Minutes a Day on TikTok

Since kids and youth spend so much time hanging out here, I thought it would be a good idea for me to be there, too. So, I performed an experiment: 80 minutes a day on TikTok.
volunteers

3 Methods for Recruiting Volunteers During the Pandemic

Like many other parishes, we saw attrition in the number of our volunteers. It was not a surprise, and it makes sense considering everyone’s lives have been turning around.
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10 Marks You Belong to a Great Church

When you plug into a church that is getting it done, it’s a true blessing.
device addiction

How to Tell If Your Family Has a Device Addiction

Has the next generation learned from us that a device is an addition or an addiction? Do they view them as an occasional enjoyment or an ongoing indulgence.
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John Baker, Celebrate Recovery Founder, Dies Unexpectedly

Tributes continue pouring in for John Baker, co-founder of the Christ-centered support group Celebrate Recovery. Baker, 72, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, according to the ministry’s social media posts.

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Jason Sobel: How to Read the Bible in High Definition

"I feel like a lot of people are reading the Bible in standard definition," says Rabbi Jason Sobel, "because they don’t know how the Old and the New Testaments connect. And when you connect the dots, the Bible comes alive."