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

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.

Let’s start new conversations about how we read the Bible with teenagers

Let’s start new conversations about how we read the Bible with teenagers

Most of my students had grown up in church and many went to Christian school, and yet the majority of them were admittedly completely unfamiliar with the Bible. They lacked the confidence to open it or read it on their own. 

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4 ways to go for grit over grades this year

4 ways to go for grit over grades this year

A mounting body of research shows that while we bias for natural talent and intelligence, effort counts more. Discover why grit matters more than grades.

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. 

Talking about hypocrisy in the church

Talking about hypocrisy in the church

Why? It’s a question we begin asking as children, we ask more intensely as adolescents, and we still wrestle with as adults.

As I’ve spent time with teenagers (both in my family and in my church), I often hear these questions:

Why would God allow hypocrisy in the church? And, Why do people who say they follow Jesus often not act like Jesus?