Thought Factory Podcast #406 || Students’ View: Behind Closed Doors on the School Campus

It may be difficult to understand what happens in the hallways and classrooms of schools, or even what happens between friends and classmates behind the doors of a school campus.  Today’s episode is brought to you from the student perspective. You will hear about the current culture at a variety of schools around the country […]

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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 #402 || Digital Life Series: Students’ Social Currency

Students’ social status is a major part of their lives.  Their appearance, their branding, their amount of likes and re-tweets become the elements of a transaction in regards to their interaction with others.  Just like we place value on a currency, students place value on their social standing.  In an attempt to get students to […]

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Four Ways to Serve & Evangelize in Your Town

An important part of the youth ministry I’m involved in is Rescue.  Our large church’s mission statement is ‘To live, love, and rescue like Jesus’ and as a youth ministry, we embody that too.  Rescue, meaning that we tell people about Jesus and try to meet the needs people have here on earth. We try […]

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Student Ownership

I wanted to share with you guys what I’ve been learning about ownership among students in youth group.  Meaning that the students have a sense that this is their group; they’re bought into the mission.  The mission is to live, love, and tell people about Jesus.  So, how do we develop the students that we […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #304 || Help Young People Love The Church: Kara Powell Interview

Churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage.  In this episode, we interview Kara Powell, who is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Kara co-authored Growing Young, which is about 6 essential strategies to help young people discover and love your church.  Growing […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #303 || Students Vacating Church & Losing Faith

Are students leaving the church? Fifty percent of students drift from their faith after graduating high school.  Of those who drift, 80% did not plan to drift from their faith when they went to college or went into the workforce.  Are we losing the battle with students or is there a reason to have hope […]

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Creating A Healthy Volunteer Staff Culture

Let me start with this:  We cannot do it alone.  We can not do it without our volunteer staff.   They are a huge reason we as student pastors, directors, the person in charge; can even do our job.  We need loving adults to pour into our students.  People that will sacrifice their time to invest […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #201 || Going Beyond the Fear of Lunchroom Ovations & Tall Middle School Girls

In today’s episode, we discuss the topic of fear in students’ lives.  Fear surrounds us and our culture is driven by fear.  There is a lot of money in fear.  And some fears are real and justified that go beyond our understanding and personal experience. But fear can also be apparent and rampant in the minds […]

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Ideas To Retain Students in Your Ministry

I first started gathering data, to try and get ideas for our own ministry, but then decided that this was good information to share with everyone! I asked a handful of current and former student ministry pastors, directors, coordinators, etc. how they retained students in their ministry.  That question then unfolded to how do they […]

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