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 #107 || Social Media Part 4: Guidelines for This Social Game

In episode #107, we discussed how social media can be a guessing game when it comes to parents and their children’s use or youth worker and their students in a ministry context.  At times it can feel like we are at battle with each other, taking shots from opposing sides instead of playing this game […]

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The #1 Way to Maximize Your Leadership in Youth Ministry

Most of us who work with students in the local church focus our leadership primarily on how we influence and impact students.  Going a step further, some of us also focus our leadership and attention on our adult volunteer team (and if you are not doing this you should). But there is a whole other category of influence we […]

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Why you need to see War Room

A few days ago, our staff piled into cars and drove to the nearest theater. With oversized portions of soda and buttery popcorn we anxiously awaited the start of what we consider a game-changer, a movie about PRAYER! Some of us may have some preconceived notions about Christian movies. They’re poorly filmed. The acting is […]

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3 things you want to hear when you resign

It was just the Senior Pastor and myself at the church one afternoon. I knocked on his door and asked if he had a few minutes to talk about something. I knew his answer would be, “Sure!” as he took off his glasses, put down his Bible, and gave me his attention. I knew this […]

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