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A.S.K. God for What You Need and Expect Him to Answer

When we A.S.K. God for genuine needs and even "wants" we need to ask with gusto and grit. We need to, in the words of Jesus in Luke 18:1, "always pray and not give up."
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The One Surprising Thing My Daughter Remembered Most About My Parenting

"I’ll never forget what she shared because it was so powerful to me."

Holding on to Hope: 12 Truths for Parents Whose Kids Wander Away From Faith

I was raised in a Christian home. My parents were heavily involved as ministry volunteers, so we weren’t just at church every week, we were there...and then I walked away.
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The Power of Gen Z

As children's ministry leaders, reaching Gen Z should be our top priority.  As we equip them and teach them how they can truly make a big impact with God,  they can change their generation and who knows...maybe the entire world.

5 Tips to Facilitating an Effective Small Group Discussion

Small group discussion is so important, and really is the place where the Word can be applied as much as any other time. Generating discussion is tough for leaders, but is extremely important to having an effective small group discussion.

I Got on TikTok for You and Here’s What I Found Out

TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media platforms in our country today. It has recently been given an unusual spotlight at the top government level as a place of potential information harvesting by foreign countries.
The Secret of Fundraising

The Secret of Fundraisers

Then there was the one fundraiser that was exactly the opposite...But first, what drove me away from traditional fundraisers? I sat down once to analyze a year's worth of fundraising data, and because I was a business major in college, I kept exhaustive records.

Being a Family Is an Art and the Dinner Table Is Where It Finds...

Interestingly, when families do eat together the average dinnertime is 15 minutes. In the 1960, the average family dinnertime was 90 minutes.
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4 Great Core Values for Youth Group

When putting together your church youth group program, it's wise to focus on four main values: connection, growth, celebration and fun.
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7 Tips for Preaching to Teenagers

It's challenging for a youth minister to preach to teenagers, but doing so is also extremely rewarding. Here are seven tips for how to preach to teens effectively.
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Teens Don’t Care About Your Youth Group Name

We spend so much time on coming up with the coolest names for everything we do. Guess what? Your youth group name doesn't matter.
It's time to rally for the one thing that can truly change everything!

It’s Time to Rally for the One Thing That Can Truly Change Everything!

What brings true and lasting change? For us, as believers, it's not politics, policies and protests. It's the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our lives and lips!
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Your Church Needs an Intergenerational Communication Plan

Once we realize the importance of intergenerational communication platforms and how to access generations, we have a much better chance of bridging the gap and finding ways to bring generations together.

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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Though the event looked a bit different this year, Faith & Liberty D.C. continued its annual pre-Christmas celebration of hosting a live nativity in America’s capital.

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Darryl Strawberry: The Enemy Is After Pastors…So Are You Being Discipled?

"Standing in the pulpit is nothing to play with," says former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry. "The devil will put a choke hold on you. He will strangle you if you're not equipped. I learned that early when I got into ministry."