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Confronting Racial Issues in Student Ministry

Why youth leaders need to notice and stop implicit—or explicit—racism.
amazing race

How to Do an Amazing Race at Your Church

We thought about The Amazing Race! Could we actually pull that off? Yes! This can be done a number of ways, but here is how we did it.
Counting On

‘Counting On’ Star Shares Her Struggle With Spiritual Depression

"Counting On" star Jessa Duggar Seewald candidly shared about her struggle with spiritual depression in a video she recently posted to social media.
Gen Z

The Religious Life of Gen Z

Up until its release, most social commentators have tended to assume that Gen Z is largely apathetic when it comes to religion. But the Deakin researchers found that some of this had to do with how we’ve been asking teens about religion.
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One on Ones, 101: The Perfect Primer on Contact Ministry

You hear that “intentional discipleship” is a hallmark of great youth ministries, but, uh, what are you supposed to do in a one on one, sit down and say, “Okay kid, here we go. Time to follow Jesus, lemme give you a rundown.”??
Help! My Teen Is Struggling With Anxiety

Help! My Teen Is Struggling With Anxiety

God doesn’t just understand and sympathize, he also acts to support anxious teens. How does he do this? He does it by listening and by speaking.
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As a Parent of a Teenager, Here’s Some of the Dumb Things I Remember...

But I recognize I was a bit of an arrogant know-it-all who thought he had a lot of offer. Now as a parent of a teenager, I fully recognize how much I have to learn. Here’s a few of the thoughts I had from back then that were pretty stupid.
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How to Be a Great Youth Pastor

Here are a few things you need to be a great youth pastor, or anything really. It’s not magic or rocket science. It just works—because I’ve learned over time that it does.
social media

Why I Won’t Quit Social Media

Establish the culture of loving God and loving others in all areas of life, including social media, so that even when you are not there, your kids will be able to approach technology of godly, responsible ways.
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Millennials Have Stopped Attending Online Church

When Millennial parents have stopped attending services, it means in all likelihood their Gen Z children are not either. Our kids will look back one day and remember how we handled this crisis.  Let's leave a legacy of faith and trust in God.
Protecting Our Kids From Digital Heroin

Protecting Our Kids From Digital Heroin

Get this: Silicon Valley tech executives and engineers enroll their kids in no-tech schools. So what is it they know that we don't, and how can we protect our kids from "digital heroin"?
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How to Protect Your Summer Vacation

Protect your summer vacation. Don’t waste it by taking it for granted. Plan it out, communicate that you are unavailable, and rest away.
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How to Establish Spiritual Goals for Teens

One of the leadership axioms I adhere to is that leaders cannot take people further than they are themselves. In order for teens to consistently grow in their faith, ask them to establish spiritual goals.
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5 Surprising Things Corona Has Unmasked in the Christian Family

Over the past few months, it has been undeniable that the world has changed. Covid-19 and recent social justice issues have swept across our nation. And both have changed us. There are 5 things corona has unmasked in the Christian family.
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Yes, Churches Are Raising Young Leaders—and Yours Can, Too

In most denominations, the clergy are graying. And in most churches, so is the support staff, whether paid or volunteer. But not in all of them. There are many churches that are raising young leaders to step up big time, including the one I’m blessed to serve.
issues of race

Resources on Understanding Issues of Race

As I read each of these books, I was moved to tears, and I am not a book crier. I was moved because I realized what I did with the issues of race was turn my head.
Youth Ministry Burnout

The Complete How and Why Behind Youth Ministry Burnout

We've finally identified the precise behaviors and warning signs that will put you on a path to burnout.

TobyMac Playing Live Shows Again on Drive-In Theater Tour

TobyMac is about to embark on a live 12 show Drive-In Theater Tour.

7 Reasons to Put More Introverts on Stage

It seems that introverts have the upper hand at reading the crowd and adjusting their delivery accordingly.
Teens How to Read the Bible

Teaching Teens How to Read the Bible (and Actually Understand It)

Know that God longs to speak with you through His Word. Seriously LONGS. Like more than I desire chocolate. Respond to Him, He’s willing, ready and waiting.

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