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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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New book on that tricky tech

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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.

Relational Capacity and Ministry Burnout:

Relational Capacity and Ministry Burnout:

When I served as a pastor in my church, one of my primary challenges was navigating my own capacity, or lack thereof, for relationships. Every person has a certain capacity for relationships, influenced by factors like age, gender, and levels of extraversion. Have you ever stopped to wonder:

How many active relationships do I have?

How does my network of friendships impact my risk for burnout?

Helping youth find joy in the city

Helping youth find joy in the city

Children and youth have an ability to experience joy in the here and now; an abandonment of their present reality in order to enter an altered one temporarily. They don’t deny the reality of the pain and fear they live with, but they also know how to embrace joy.

Young people will witness and experience pain, suffering, challenges, and injustices in their lives. How can we help them to discover God’s joy for them in the midst of these circumstances?

Relationships

4 ways to make this summer unforgettable for your family

4 ways to make this summer unforgettable for your family

We are determined to savor all that this summer holds. Which is one of the many reasons I wanted to read Chip Heath and Dan Heath’s new book, The Power of Moments. 

Leading short-term mission trips that do less harm and more good for orphans

Leading short-term mission trips that do less harm and more good for orphans

Unfortunately, much of the short-term mission work done in the name of orphan care risks more hurt than help for the vulnerable children who feature as the objects and main characters of these trips.  I’m grateful for others who have invested in research and gathered courage to call us to better work with orphans—work that can truly lead to justice and shalom. 

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.