Reporting | Family
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
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
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.
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
Opinion | Church
How Southern Baptist Leaders Aided My Escape from Abuse
Christian men helped me end a violent marriage. Their voices matter now more than ever.
I know, because I was one of them. I was raised as a Baptist pastor's daughter in a small town in Indiana. I spent most of my youth sitting in the front pew, listening to my dad's sermons.
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 | Church
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.
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
Reporting | Discipleship
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.
interview | Discipleship
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
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 | 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?
Reporting | Pop Culture
Millennials Can Leave Evangelicalism. But Not Its Pop Culture.
Does the cottage industry around Christian subculture nostalgia reveal the church’s failures—or its successes?
Motives, too, concern him. “We made a lot of money off of this generation back in their youth, but so many of them have abandoned faith. What did we do wrong?” he said.
Opinion | Discipleship
Blessed Are the Unsatisfied
We often assume that loneliness and dissatisfaction are symptoms of spiritual failure. But what if they’re signs of healthy faith?
I went to counseling, did some hard work to heal from the hardships of my youth, and wrote a book sharing my family's story, which God turned into a ministry to others like us.
Reporting | Church
The Pay Gap Is Worse for Pastor-Moms
How being married with kids complicates church compensation.
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 Christian
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?
What It's Like to Be a Black, Female Pastor in the South
Nicole Massie Martin shares about her unique vocation.
It's been such a joy to journey with them and to say to them, “If you feel a call to teach, then do that. Maximize your role within a woman's ministry or a youth ministry.
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 | Family
Am I Humble Enough to Learn from Millennials?
Learning from my elders is easy. Learning from those younger than me—not so much.
A few times a year, Don organized Youth Sunday at our church and the youth ran the entire by-doing approach and what great faith he must have had to stake his ministry reputation on