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 #206 || Verbally Solving America’s Greatest Issues

Are we going in the right direction as a country? What do students think? Today we’re talking about what students say are the most important issues facing America.  Issues that include terrorism, race relations, sexual identity, and abortion.  Are students better off spiritually today than 20 years ago? In today’s episode, we discuss these issues […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #202 || They Are Certainly Unsure at School

Based on our research of nearly 3000 students from around the country, students shared what the toughest thing is about being a Christian at school.  Students deal with the fear of what others think, fear of offending people with their beliefs, but that was not their top answer, where 45% of students said the same […]

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How To Build Community In Your Group

I see community being one of the glues that can hold a youth group together.  Students doing life together and learning about Jesus.  But, how do we have community when natural divisions happen in our group?   I’ve worked in all sorts of scenarios of youth groups.  My youth group growing up consisted of kids […]

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Pause for People

“Slow Down”, flashed the speed limit detector, as I sped by on the road.  I was taking it too fast, not noticing how fast I was going.  I was thinking of where I had to be and what I had just come from and probably what I was going to do the next day; that […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #102 || Students, Politics, & Civility

In episode #102, we asked thousands of students questions about the topic of politics to see if it’s important to them and where their level of interest is about the current political environment.  We also interviewed a number of students from around the country about their views and opinions in regards to politics, so we […]

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How to Move Students Into a Deeper Relationship With Jesus

Sometimes I think we think it’s only about the physical stuff we need to do with our students or for our students in order to move them into a deeper relationship with Jesus.  When, really, I think the initial step starts with us, as their small group leader, peer, or friend. Building that trusting, open, […]

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Posture Two: Life Over God

As some of you know, we are in a short blog series where we are discussing Skye Jenthani’s Faith Postures.  Which takes a good hard look at with young people are growing up and leaving the church they’ve been raised in.  There are four postures that Skye says the church uses to teach its people […]

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Are We Forever Losing Students Because of How We Present God and His Gospel?

It was a shocking discovery. What if you discovered on your 30th birthday that something you were raised to believe wasn’t true? For example, what if you were told that the calcium from milk actually caused your bones to become weaker, and not stronger like you were told growing up. You saw a report that […]

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Minister Within the Mess

Every week following our youth programming, I clean up a mess.  Papers, candy wrappers, pens, and pen pieces are scattered on the floor all over our worship area.  Chairs that depict the creative artistry of some of our students are pulled aside for additional cleaning. About a month ago, the morning following our youth programming, […]

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