Thought Factory Podcast #205 || The Crisis Moment for Students

Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer interview Charlie Alcock, a youth ministry professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Charlie has been a youth leader/youth pastor for 28 years and now raises up the next generation of youth leaders who sense God’s call into ministry.  We discuss many aspects of students’ life, but more specifically the time […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #204 || The Future is Further Than it Appears

It seems more and more that students are growing up too fast in our society. But something else has been trending, these kids aren’t growing up. And no matter who you are, parent, youth worker, etc., you need to be aware of this trend.  This trend continues to change our society as we know it. […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #103 || Theology of Pizza & Hummus

In episode #103, we discuss the lack of discussion on the topic of physical health in the circles of youth ministry and the church in general.  Is food a key component to our obedience to God? Should food have more of a central role in our relationship with Jesus?  Are we adequately addressing the issue of […]

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Set Up Your Year up to Win

I have spent a lot of time in ministry spinning my wheels.  I don’t know if you can relate, but there have been seasons where it felt like I couldn’t work any harder, pray any longer, but the results were just not happening.  Now I know some people will frown because I just used the […]

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The Student Leaders of Today

Students need to be involved in your youth group. Young or old. Experienced or inexperienced. Boys and girls. Seniors and freshmen. Middle school and high school.  As their leaders, we need to teach them how to take our positions. If we believe in this generation as the Church of today that will be leading the […]

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Three Reasons for NTS Camp’s 2016 THREADS Theme

When we came together as a team to decide what the theme would be for NTS Camp 2016, we had already known we wanted to teach on the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-49) for the evening sessions.  This will be our 2nd year into our 5-year vision for NTS Camp’s teaching plans.  Last year we wanted […]

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Behind The Scenes of Big Things

Students want to do big things; they just need the support. It was my senior year of high school that my faith became serious to me. Action was necessary to see my relationship with Jesus grow. The closer I grew to God, the more I wanted to do for His kingdom. Something I felt God […]

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The Absolute Most Effective Way to Meet Your Goal

Would you like to achieve something great in this season of your life? I’m assuming you said “Yes” to this question. Maybe you want to be a better leader, parent, or see something change or improve in your life. If this is you…read on. I’d like to share with you the #1 most effective way […]

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The #1 Way to Grow Your Team of Leaders

This blog answers the #1 question that ministry leaders are asking. Do you know what it is…? “How do I recruit more volunteers?” In this short post, I’ll show you how. This may be the most practical thing you’ve ever seen on leadership development. I know that’s a bold statement, but read on and see for […]

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Avoid This in Youth Ministry

I remember stopping by a garage sale this past spring, only to find one item that I desired to purchase from a complete stranger. The item was a Dewalt battery charger and battery – used in power drills. I asked if it worked. This kind lady pointed to an outlet on her garage wall and […]

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