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Sticky Faith

How do we build lasting faith in the teenagers we love and serve? Find practical resources for youth ministry and parenting here.

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Growing Young

How can you unlock your church’s potential? Discover 6 research-based strategies for integrating young people to create a thriving church.

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Urban Ministry

How do we help today’s young people thrive in urban contexts? We are creating the most comprehensive resource for urban youth workers today.

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Research into resources.

Research into resources.

Helping the church become the best place for young people to grow.

Finding identity, belonging, and purpose in a competitive world

Finding identity, belonging, and purpose in a competitive world

Competition is present on the field, in the classroom, and in the workplace. It is deeply formative—impacting the identity, belonging, and purpose of young people.

4 ways to partner with parents (even when you aren’t one)

4 ways to partner with parents (even when you aren’t one)

One finding that really struck our team in particular was the importance of partnering with parents, because they are the primary spiritual influence in their kids’ lives. That means one of the best ways I can invest in students is by coming alongside their parents.

Discipleship

How to recover from handling Scripture poorly in your ministry

How to recover from handling Scripture poorly in your ministry

I keep my favorite Bible on the bottom shelf of our living room coffee table. Most mornings, in between exercising, checking email, and getting our family ready for the day, I sit in our living room for at least a few minutes and center myself in prayer and Scripture. Time in God’s Word is a priority for me.

Which is why it’s surprising that I’ve often handled Scripture so poorly in youth ministry.

Reading Scripture with immigrant youth: Let the children come to me

Reading Scripture with immigrant youth: Let the children come to me

Moving to a new country or just across town is filled with hope and fear, ups and downs, excitement and anxiety. There are both new things to learn and pain for the things that will no longer exist.

Yet we know we are not alone in this experience, for human migration is as old as Creation. Remember Adam and Eve leaving the garden? Or Abraham? Moses and the people of Israel? Even Jesus himself was a refugee! Although factors vary, we read throughout Scripture about movement and displacement due to famine, slavery, and in some cases death.

Three reasons you shouldn’t call your teenager a tech addict

Three reasons you shouldn’t call your teenager a tech addict… And five things you can do instead

You don’t need us to tell you that mobile devices are pervasive in our culture, specifically among teenagers. Roughly 3 out of 4 teenagers own a smartphone today in the US, granting unprecedented access to and constant contact with their peers and indeed the entire world.

Last week Common Sense Media released a comprehensive research brief on technology addiction among kids and teenagers. Addiction has been a buzzword swirling around young people and digital media for a while.

We’re as concerned as anyone about this at FYI.