Feb 27
Margaret Feinberg

Author Margaret Feinberg has been through a brutal fight with cancer and shares the unexpected lessons she discovered along the way in her new book and Bible study “Fight Back With Joy.”

 

Q: Your newest book and Bible study, “Fight Back With Joy,” was born out of your fight with a life-threatening illness. What was your difficult diagnosis, and what has your journey to health entailed?

For the last 18 months, I’ve been battling breast cancer. Breast cancer isn’t just one disease. It...

Feb 23
Chad Inman

Discipleship, at its core, is about growth. Since humans are integrated wholes, spiritual growth requires increased maturity in other developmental areas. Discipleship challenges individuals to take the next faithful step in their development in order to grow in their understanding of God, the church and the Gospel. Those ministering to youth and families can facilitate growth by meeting each group where they are developmentally.

Using some basic developmental theory, youth ministries can help nurture Christian growth by…

 

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Feb 16
Lance Sudduth

If God would not provide for us would we still want to be with Him?

This question is a good gauge as to how we view our relationship with God. Do we only follow God as long as He is providing us with blessings (necessity)? Or do we follow God because we want to be with Him (intimacy)? 

In Acts 17, Paul gives the people of Athens insight into how God relates to us. He says:

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by...

Feb 09
Drew Read

Youth leaders and parents of teens realize that pornography, sex and drugs are no longer reserved for the “bad crowd.” These behaviors are now seen as normal in youth culture. Our youth are faced with compromising decisions on a daily basis and it’s important to identify risk factors and address dangerous trends as soon as possible. 

Knowing whether or not your child is in trouble, or is in risk of getting in trouble, is often like trying to chart the depths of an iceberg. We get so caught up in trying to correct the surface issues,...

Feb 02
Kevin Patterson

A few weeks ago I listened to a nationally known youth minister speak to his youth group. It was a recording of course, but I had hit a dry spell inspirationally and needed something to kind of jolt me and get my gears turning. So I tuned in to this youth minister’s videos on YouTube. This guy was a great speaker. Everything flowed together as he moved from one point to another, and he incorporated a lot of flash and pizzazz in his message. 

But if I were a teenager who had never been inside of a...

Jan 26
Jenna DeWitt

I have a friend who has discipled me, encouraged me and held me accountable for many years. We live far apart now, but she still asks me three questions when we have a chance to catch up. These questions have kept me on track and challenged me to examine my faith on a deeper level.


1.     Who is God to you?

If being more like Jesus is the goal, knowing the character of God can help us get there. This question...

Jan 20
Mark Schutzius

If you have been in ministry for any length of time, you have probably faced criticism. It naturally comes with working around people. I’ll never forget four words spoken to me about a decision I made in my first few years as a youth pastor. A woman looked me in the eye and said, “You lied to me.” I didn’t lie, nor did I ever intend to mislead her. Her emotion was founded in a misunderstanding, but her words still caused me to rethink being in that leadership role of ministry.

We will all face criticism. When it happens, we need to be prepared to handle it with the right attitude...

Jan 08
Bryan Belknap

A compelling chapter in the Civil Rights Movement – the 1965 march for equal voting rights from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Birmingham – comes to stunning life in the new film “Selma.” Electric performances (especially by David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr.), lovingly detailed historical recreations of this darkly powerful episode in our nation’s history and a triumphant message that showcases God’s people in a positive light provide enough reason to experience this film. There are five specific reasons, however, why you as a youth minister, possibly even with youth group...

Jan 05
Bryan Belknap

“The roller coasters won’t scare me because I know how they work." 

That’s all we needed to celebrate our son’s 10th birthday at Six Flags. Before becoming parents, my wife and I were roller coaster junkies. We loved the wild abandon, the adrenaline rush, the thrill… and had the season passes to prove it. 

But kids change everything, so we entered amusement park hibernation… until our son proclaimed his readiness, nay, desire to ride roller coasters. Thanks to his noggin packed with a nine-week unit on the physics,...

Dec 29
Mark Schutzius

A phrase I often hear thrown around in Christian circles is that “God will never give you more than you can handle.” I understand where people are coming from when they share this sentiment with someone who is hurting. However, what if it isn’t true? Furthermore, what if it isn’t biblically accurate? In fact, the mindset that comes from this way of thinking is causing an innumerable amount of people to turn their back on God.

The verse that most people draw from for this saying is 1 Corinthians 10:13. Paul wrote, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is...