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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Thought Factory Podcast #410 || How to Approach a Donor for Money

How do we approach ministry when it comes to donors’ money? How do we cultivate donors and make the ask?  What are the people with greater financial means thinking and expecting when they are approached to give money, especially when people ask them al the time to give to various causes?  Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #409 || Making More Money for Ministry

How do we approach ministry when it comes to money?  Money is a tool that allows us to do the ministry we desire with students.  But, do we have an abundance mentality or a scarcity mentality?  Whether the youth ministry we work with has a $500, $5000, $50,000 budget, it appears to never be enough. […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #407 || Insider’s View: Behind Closed Doors on the School Campus

God has been kicked out of America’s public school system.  We have seen the results of His absence. Unfortunately, no policy in place will eradicate the symptoms of hate, but only a change in a person’s heart.  What would happen if students invited God back in through student-led prayer?  In today’s episode, hosts Jeff Eckart […]

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NTS Camp 2018 Theme

 This summer we ask a question.  How does God move? We will learn how and when God moves.  How we engage so we are moving with Him, and not against Him.  Learning to not only be led by the Spirit but to also keep in step with the Spirit, like Jesus did, especially as […]

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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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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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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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