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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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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Thought Factory Podcast #308 || These Habits Can Change Your Home

What habits at home attribute to lowering the high-risk behaviors in teenagers? Research has shown that this one habit can lower the things that many parents fear will happen to their adolescent.  In this episode, the habits of the home are discussed, with our own research as well as outside research to support the conversation of why these habits can […]

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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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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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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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