Research into resources.

Research into resources.

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

Innovating your way forward with compassion, creativity, and courage

Innovating your way forward with compassion, creativity, and courage

Youth ministry friends, there’s no “going back to normal.”

We all know it, and we’re all still grieving unfulfilled plans. But at the same time, we’re curious about what’s ahead.

The search for the “new normal” starts now and it will require some bold, new moves by youth leaders like you.

Family holiday conversations: Ask better questions and talk about what really matters

Family holiday conversations: Ask better questions and talk about what really matters

It’s not that adults don’t want to have great conversations. More likely, it’s often the ambiguity of where to start. Or, if you do start, the dialog disappears before you can say, “pass the mashed potatoes.” In our hours spent interviewing parents and families from around the country, the FYI team has found that often for these conversations to happen, the older persons must go first. So, mom, stepdad, grandma, aunt, crazy uncle—that means you.

Leadership

Leading change when everything has changed

Leading change when everything has changed

What’s the shift? It’s seeing this as a season of openness and possibility rather than gridlock and inability. It’s believing that you’re uniquely positioned to lead change in your ministry, precisely because the world has just changed.

Engaging teenagers in faithful discussions about race

Engaging teenagers in faithful discussions about race

That day in the youth room, I chose to show up with what I had. I decided to approach the students and ask more about what had happened. The story was sobering. All they knew to do in that moment was to pick a side, call the other side names, and debate. They didn’t have language to process what had happened.

Neither did I.

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.