interview | Discipleship
Q&A: Ministering to Gang Members Is God’s Work
Why a juvenile justice advocate builds relationships with Chicago’s most vulnerable young men.
In the final two years of his presidency, Barack Obama declared October National Youth Justice Awareness Month—and with good reason. Williams never set out to do youth ministry.
Opinion | Discipleship
Are Smart, Educated Women Still Called to the Church Nursery?
For women like me, children’s ministry can seem like low-level work for the least experienced.
Beyond a clean background check and a willing spirit, volunteering in youth work doesn't seem to require much, and women who feel tied to this area (and little else) may wonder if their
Opinion | Family
The Youth Sports Myth: You Owe It to Your Child
Hundreds of dollars, hours of intense practice. Is it worth the cost?
The Youth Sports Myth: You Owe It to Your Child. The question Jennifer faced still stands: Do you owe your child the experience of playing increasingly competitive youth sports?
The Demanding Faith of Flannery O’Connor
In her writing, O’Connor made belief believable.
What a relief that my father's pastorate, a Presbyterian church downtown, featured the usual: Sunday school, youth group, mid-week prayer meeting, and Sunday night services.
Opinion | Church
We’re Not Getting Any Younger
Our culture loves youth and fears age. Here’s what faith has to say.
Opinion | Church. We're Not Getting Any Younger. Our culture loves youth and fears age. Here's what faith has to say. Emily Capo Sauerman. Image: Prixel
Opinion | Discipleship
Six Ways to Inspire Confident, Contagious Faith in Your Kids
How do we help children and teens contend with the big questions? An apologist offers her take.
With that in mind, here are five suggestions for parents, Christian educators, and youth ministers on how to inspire and cultivate a confident and contagious faith in your kids and teens:
Opinion | Discipleship
Online Tribalism Threatens Women’s Ministry
From our special issue: reflections on discipleship in a fractured age.
While many churches recognize the need to staff and fund organized children's and youth ministries, fewer do the same for women's ministry, even though women statistically represent
Reporting | Family
Am I Humble Enough to Learn from Millennials?
Learning from my elders is easy. Learning from those younger than me—not so much.
It's one of the big benefits of being an old new mom. If turning 30 meant saying goodbye to my young youth, then 40 is saying goodbye to my youth, period.
Opinion | Sexuality
True Love Consents: Why Teach Christian Youth about BoundariesSubscriber access only
“No means no” matters at every stage.
Opinion | Sexuality. True Love Consents: Why Teach Christian Youth about Boundaries. “No means no” matters at every stage. Melanie Springer Mock
Why I’m Not a World-Changer
In my middle-age years, I’ve traded revolution for good old-fashioned faithfulness.
How many 20- and 30-somethings among us have attended a youth conference—Passion or Acquire the Fire (sponsored by the now-shuttered Teen Mania Ministries)—and heard at
Reporting | Discipleship
5 Female Change Makers
Meet the nonprofit leaders featured in our special issue.
As a graduate student at Dallas Baptist University, she worked as an academic adviser to college students while also serving on a youth ministry team in inner-city Dallas.
Opinion | Sexuality
Why We Really Put Our Kids in Sports
Our goodhearted support prioritizes athleticism more than we think.
If you've spent any time around youth sports, as a kid or as an adult, you probably know what I mean by those parents: the ones who seem overly invested in their children's success and
Opinion | Family
Who’s the Most Excited About Brio? Probably Moms
We grew up on glossies. Our daughters want a different medium.
suicide. Today's youth are smart and well-connected. abortion. So where does a family-friendly print magazine fit in an edgy, digital-first youth culture?
Reporting | Church
Forgive Us Our Debts: How Christian College Grads Pay the Price
Evangelical schools work to capture the real cost of student loans.
Or, students who come to Christ through youth ministry in high school may feel personally drawn to Christian schools, particularly those recommended by trusted church leaders.
Reporting | Church
The Pay Gap Is Worse for Pastor-Moms
How being married with kids complicates church compensation.
CT publication) shows that pay gaps between men and women are highest for positions with lower salaries, including staff who oversee worship, children's ministry, youth ministry, and
Kay Warren: 'We Were in Marital Hell'
Through God's work in our lives, we've beaten the odds that divorce would be the outcome of our ill-advised union.
Then I met Rick Warren when I was 17 at a training to be part of a summer youth evangelism team that would travel to Baptist churches in the cities and towns of California.
Opinion | Sexuality
Becoming a First-Time Mom at Age 41Subscriber access only
How later-in-life motherhood renewed my youth.
How later-in-life motherhood renewed my youth. But it never occurred to me that the miracle of a child also would be God's gift to revisit, recast, and yes, renew my own youth.
Reporting | Family
The Key to Raising Kind Kids
Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd says it’s closer than you think.
“How youth view adults in general may further reduce their commitment to fairness,” they report. “Teens don't appear to perceive adults as acting with any more integrity than they are.”.
Opinion | Family
Hey, Christian Youth: It Gets BetterSubscriber access only
Why have the perks of faithful adulthood become our best-kept secret?
Hey, Christian Youth: It Gets Better. Given extended adolescence, segregation of youth from adults, and an increasingly secular culture, this is something we must address.
Opinion | Discipleship
Middle-Aged Women Face a Crisis of Discipleship
Are churches missing out on discipling those in midlife?
touch with admit they haven't given much thought to what discipleship might look like for their older members (especially women) beyond maintaining the spiritual growth from their youth