Thought Factory Podcast #411 || Beyond Belief to Discipleship

At the core of each youth pastor or youth worker is to see students become disciples of Jesus Christ.  The tough part is, how do we go about seeing that happen?  How do we help students become disciples in our ministry or in our home? What are the basics of accomplishing that?  Hosts Jeff Eckart and […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #409 || Making More Money for Ministry

How do we approach ministry when it comes to money?  Money is a tool that allows us to do the ministry we desire with students.  But, do we have an abundance mentality or a scarcity mentality?  Whether the youth ministry we work with has a $500, $5000, $50,000 budget, it appears to never be enough. […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #405 || Teacher’s View: Behind Closed Doors on the School Campus

The things that happen behind the closed doors of the school campus goes beyond just math problems & adolescent crushes – there are deeper issues that only teachers know about when they are with students the majority of the day.  Today, Jayson Brewer has a conversation with Jeff Henderson, a middle school teacher in the public school […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #310 || Part 2: Is Jesus Too PC for Gen Z?

  The conversation continues about students sharing their faith with others.  In this episode, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss the importance of clarity when it comes to what we believe.  They share a simple method that allows anyone to remember how to share and to be confident in sharing the gospel.  It is […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #309 || Is Jesus Too PC for Gen Z?

 Do students find it offensive to talk about Jesus?  Is evangelism dead?  Is this generation of students too afraid to share their faith with others?  Do they even care?  It appears we are in the middle of a pendulum swing between two extremes.  The tactics used in the past may have been birthed out of […]

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A Christian Response: The Erosion of Faith

Part four in a four-part series.  Read Part 1 here.  Read Part 2 here.  Read Part 3 here. Most of us are familiar with the story of Peter denying Christ. Peter swore ““Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.”[1] And he meant it. Yet, a few days later, Peter, “the […]

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A Christian Response: How Could a Good God Allow Evil & Disney’s Frozen?

Part three in a four-part series.  Read Part 1 here.  Read Part 2 here. Here is a question most people ask at some point in their life: “How could a good God allow evil?” There have been more books written on this topic that can be named and there is much thorough thought on the […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #306 || 10 Ways to Help Parents Win

How can we help parents win with their students?  As youth leaders, do we really know what parents need from us?  Is the way we are doing youth ministry helping or hindering them as parents?  What is the #1 thing we can do to affirm parents?  Will our efforts be felt by only the student or the entire family?  In […]

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A Christian Response: What if I Don’t Know What to Say?

Part two in a four-part series.  Read Part 1 here. BUT WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY?  Disagreements are hard to talk about. It can be intimidating to talk with someone who believes differently than you. What if the conversation leads to frustration, tension, and division? What if it is just really awkward? […]

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A Christian Response: All Paths Lead to God

Apologetics is defined as reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.  In this series, we want to look at the reasons we believe but also look at some main arguments against faith in Jesus and in God.  By looking at these arguments, we want to also discuss what a […]

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