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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Youth and Social Media

How did Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook, take over the world?  How did it become the topic of discussion, the way to communicate, and the stumbling point in our lives all at the same time? Social media can either be something that brings us down or it can be something that can be used for […]

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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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Thought Factory Podcast #307 || Best Way to Come Alongside Parents: Dan Seaborn Interview

Whether you are a parent or leading students who have parents, this episode is for you.  We interviewed the founder of Winning At Home, Dan Seaborn.  Questions include, “What kinds of things should youth workers be thinking about when it comes to working with parents?” “What are ways that youth workers can help equip families […]

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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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Thought Factory Podcast #305 || The Risk of Ignoring Students

Are students leaving the church?  In this episode, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss what can happen to a church if the students are ignored.  Ignored in the budget, ignored in their involvement, ignored in allowing their voice to be heard.   Special guest interview with Darren Campbell, a part-time pastor, full-time business owner discusses […]

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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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NTS Camp 2017 Recap

The theme for this year was WITNESS. We looked at the expansive life of Paul and how God worked through him, from the time he was named Saul to his last days under house arrest. He was a witness to all people of what he had seen and heard. We are each called to be […]

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