Teens are asking tough questions, often alone. We're here to help.

Jim Candy Brad M. Griffin Kara Powell | Mar 7, 2014

Leaders of college-based atheist clubs were recently asked[[Larry Alex Taunton, “Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity,” The Atlantic, June 6, 2013.]] why they don’t believe in God. Their responses:

  • Many had actually been involved in a youth ministry during their high school years.
  • Their church failed to engage difficult questions.

Specifically, these young people cited the church’s inability to wrestle with issues like the reliability of biblical text, sexuality, evolution/creation, and the exclusivity of Jesus. But notice these students did not say they left the faith because of the stance their church took on the above issues. They left because the church failed to address them at all. When tough questions were asked, the churches would offer vague answers or dodge the questions altogether.

That’s why we are so excited to announce our newest Sticky Faith resource for BOTH leaders and students: Can I Ask That? 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. It was challenging to write, and challenging for the groups who field-tested these sessions in their own ministries.

We wrote it because of conversations like this:

Teenagers will ask these questions with or without you.

Let it be with you.

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Jim Candy

Jim is a veteran of youth ministry with nearly 20 years experience working with students in large churches including Menlo Church in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2013 he planted Ascent Community Church just outside Boulder, Colorado, which has quickly grown to nearly 1,000 and is highly intergenerational. Jim is co-author of Can I Ask That? and Can I Ask That 2 for high school students and is a graduate of Fuller Seminary.

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Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.

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Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.

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