Opinion | Discipleship
Why ‘Passing on the Faith’ Fails Our Kids
Young adults often leave the church after high school. The problem lies close to home.
The reports confirm, at least in part, what we have known for some time: Youth ministry practices are not consistently supporting faith beyond high school graduation.
How to Do Kids’ Discipleship in the Woods
Creation care does more than conservation. It cultivates faith formation, says A Rocha.
Creation care does more than conservation. It cultivates faith formation, says A Rocha.
Why Gen Z’s Call for ‘Safe Spaces’ Is Good News for Churches
New expectations may shift youth group conversations, but Christ still provides the answer.
Reporting. Why Gen Z's Call for 'Safe Spaces' Is Good News for Churches. New expectations may shift youth group conversations, but Christ still provides the answer.
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
How BSF Saved Sandi Patty
In her new book, “The Voice,” the award-winning singer reflects on Bible Study Fellowship’s role in her faith formation.
Your book highlights the contrast between the “big voice” the public knew and the voicelessness you experienced in your personal life, particularly in your youth.
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 | Church
With Rising Teen Suicides, the Church Cannot Afford Mixed Messages on Mental Health
How ministries can play a role in getting youth the support they need.
Opinion | Church. With Rising Teen Suicides, the Church Cannot Afford Mixed Messages on Mental Health. How ministries can play a role in getting youth the support they need.
Opinion | Church
Jan Peterson: My Life as a Pastor’s Wife
Eugene and I spent years serving others. Our giving often multiplied itself in unexpected ways.
I had recently been confirmed in the Presbyterian church and was involved in youth fellowship, where a lot of kind folks helped me center my life in the Lord.
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?
She Shaped Me: 10 Exemplars of Faith
Christian leaders reflect on the women from history who’ve influenced them.
as a child. She taught Sunday school in her youth and maintained a passion for teaching children biblical truth throughout her adulthood. As the title
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 Creative / Lightstock.
Feeling Loved by God Buffers Body Esteem in Men More Than Women
Two psychologists at Hope College respond to Christian young adults who struggle with body satisfaction.
women. How might your research results potentially impact the way teachers, parents, and church leaders disciple and care for youth and young adults?
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
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
With Sexual Sin, Truth and Mercy Triumph over Judgment
What I've learned from both sides of a hard conversation.
for grace. Most of them expect the judgment part; I know I did. Many of them have been the disowned daughter or the expelled youth group kid. I know
Opinion | Church
A Woman’s Guide to Seminary
Ministry is serious business. These 9 steps are key to pursuing your training.
much and possibly more. My friend Hayden Walker served as a youth minister at a Baptist church in Birmingham for several years. “Ministry is hard work
Opinion | Sexuality
Why We Really Put Our Kids in SportsSubscriber access only
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 | Discipleship
Your Best Years Are Not Behind You
God needs willing workers, not necessarily young ones.
wonder. And age? It doesn't matter. In our youth-seduced culture, aging is bemoaned and belittled. Wrinkles are reviled. Gray hairs are camouflaged.
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
Opinion | Discipleship
4 Ways to Share God’s Love in Summertime
The “Ordinary Time” of summer invites us to give the extraordinary Good News.
Extend invitations to church events. Summer is a vibrant time for church life. Many churches host VBS, picnics, baptisms, movie nights for youth groups, and so much more.
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