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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.

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. 

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. 

Growing Young

When church is family: 4 ways to fuel warmth with young people

When church is family: 4 ways to fuel warmth with young people

Young people are looking for churches that do not just declare that they are “like family,” but those who put family into action. Our first temptation will be to make warmth a program. It cannot be. This is good news, because it means you can begin to foster warmth in your congregation today—no board meetings required. 

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. 

Neighboring well as an ethnic-specific church

Neighboring well as an ethnic-specific church

For ethnic groups, the church can be a refuge of familiarity that a person of color needs in a community where they are often the minority. Being a good neighbor to the larger community can feel like a compromise to that safe space immigrants need to survive. But it becomes a discipleship issue when a church gives in to the temptation to be too settled and not risk venturing outside because it took so much work just to get to a stable place.