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.
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.
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.
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
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 | 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 | 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.
Reporting | Discipleship
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 | Pop Culture
‘Wild Wild Country’ Hits Close to Home
The new Netflix documentary reveals an uncomfortable truth about American religious innovation.
tales about Bigfoot on Mt. Hood. My father, who was a youth pastor in the '80s, took a tour of Rajneeshpuram toward the end. He came home with stories
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?
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 | 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 | 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.
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?