Research into resources.

Research into resources.

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

A letter to White leaders about White supremacy and Christian nationalism

A letter to White leaders about White supremacy and Christian nationalism

“Dad, you know something really disturbing? They put up a Confederate flag in the Capitol.”

My seventh-grader walked into the kitchen for lunch in shock last Thursday. His virtual class had been processing the prior day’s attack on the US Capitol—the first time in history the Confederate flag entered the Capitol in an act of insurrection.

A few days before, in our middle school youth group, another student had shared he was worried about civil war. As the leader, I had downplayed the threat given the anxiety our students already feel these days. But now his words were haunting me.

Looking back to look forward

Looking back to look forward

It’s 2021, and while a new year doesn’t magically erase 2020’s ripple effects, we think it feels pretty good to say “2021” instead of “2020” now. Traditionally, the world rings in the new year with festivities, fireworks, and fanfare as we reset with new resolutions and hopes. A calendar flip is so simple, but can feel so cathartic.

There is one challenge, however.

Multicultural

Don’t be a bystander: Resources for those in the movement for change

Don’t be a bystander: Resources for those in the movement for change

Scarcity constantly tells us that we are not enough, that others are not doing enough, and that there is simply too much to tackle.

But at FYI, we’re committed to a third way.

Holy week in the midst of a pandemic; Two practical ideas for your online youth ministry gathering

Holy week in the midst of a pandemic; Two practical ideas for your online youth ministry gathering

Some are wondering, if prom is permanently cancelled, did junior year even really happen? Some were looking forward to being the first in their family to graduate from high school. Does it still mean the same if they can’t walk proudly across the platform to receive their diploma?

These are not trivial adolescent laments. The grief is real.

One word that can lift your family’s holiday blues and pandemic woes

One word that can lift your family’s holiday blues and pandemic woes

I just want to put up the Christmas tree and call it a year,” said a parent I know, sitting the requisite six feet from me on our back patio.

I chuckled given the timing of our conversation. It was mid-August.

After months of frustrating disruption, remote schooling and social upheaval, many of us optimistically envisioned a somewhat normal” Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families.