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.
It can be a real danger in children's ministry that we condescend to kids and treat them like their spirituality is something that will happen someday, something that we're responsible for
Opinion | Church
A Woman’s Guide to Seminary
Ministry is serious business. These 9 steps are key to pursuing your training.
If you feel called to youth ministry, for example, then pray and search for someone in that field. Second, look for someone who is respected by others and mature in the faith.
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.
Having now repented of my “youth and children's ministry aversion,” I have taught youngsters for three years and can say with confidence that children's ministry is a big job for gifted
Q&A: Ministering to Gang Members Is God’s Work
Why a juvenile justice advocate builds relationships with Chicago’s most vulnerable young men.
kind of work.”. Williams never set out to do youth ministry. “I've just always had a heart for kids that society thinks have no value,” she said. More than a
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.
to America's youth gives church leaders an opportunity to better understand their motivations, fear, and convictions and prepare to address relevant issues in youth ministry settings as
She Shaped Me: 10 Exemplars of Faith
Christian leaders reflect on the women from history who’ve influenced them.
she received a “call within a call”—direction from God to embark on a new ministry. She taught Sunday school in her youth and maintained a passion for teaching children biblical truth
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
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.
Women in China’s House Church Movement Face a Hidden Challenge
Chinese pastors’ wives struggle with something more personal than political oppression.
Marriages, too, are part of the movement's ministry outreach. and pictures of the event show middle-aged, stately pastors alternately weeping and beaming over the wives of their youth.
The Sweatiest Bible Class in America
Revelation Wellness puts Scripture at the center of its group fitness program.
working out] is either punishment or drudgery,” said Heather Johnson, an instructor and the ministry's director of We are living in a time that places beauty and youth at the top of our
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.
Jesus, the Frybread of Life
How Native InterVarsity is helping college students follow Christ and honor tradition.
who are working in tribal government, in social services, and in ministry, and many of them are the spiritual rocks in their families. Native communities are looking to the youth they send
10 New or Lesser-Known Female Theologians Worth Knowing
More and more evangelical women are pursuing higher education in theology. Here are a few you haven’t heard of yet.
a technical sense the study of theology is categorically distinct from pastoral ministry, nonetheless many served as copastor of Bakersfield Church of the Nazarene, as a youth pastor in
Why I’m Not a World-Changer
In my middle-age years, I’ve traded revolution for good old-fashioned faithfulness.
many well-meaning youth pastors echo that call with the kids in their youth group? who eagerly responded to the “change the world” call, gave themselves over to ministry, missions, or
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 | 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.
Opinion | Discipleship
Middle-Aged Women Face a Crisis of Discipleship
Are churches missing out on discipling those in midlife?
to what discipleship might look like for their older members (especially women) beyond maintaining the spiritual growth from their youth. “I once proposed that the ministry in which I
Opinion | Church
We’re Not Getting Any Younger
Our culture loves youth and fears age. Here’s what faith has to say.
We're Not Getting Any Younger. Our culture loves youth and fears age. Here's what faith has to say. Christians are admonished in Scripture not to treat youth as an idol. Why?
Opinion | Pop Culture
‘Wild Wild Country’ Hits Close to Home
The new Netflix documentary reveals an uncomfortable truth about American religious innovation.
My father, who was a youth pastor in the '80s, took a tour of Rajneeshpuram toward the end. She is author of Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism: Making a Female Ministry in the Early