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Teens, Anxiety, and Youth Ministry (Part 1)

Long gone are the carefree days of youth. The modern teen is stressed out. With sports travel teams, AP classes, gifted programs, standardized testing, band/dance/cheer/sports camps, and college application essays, today’s teenager feels the pressure to perform. And this doesn’t take into account the anxiety..
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The Sexualization of Our Culture, Part 4 (The End!)

For the past few weeks, we’ve talked about several key themes related to building a healthy understanding of sexuality from a Kingdom-of-God-perspective. (Click for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.) This week we’ll wrap things up with what we believe are the two biggest..
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The Importance of Mom and Dad

Parents Have Unparalleled Influence on Their Kids An article from David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com Today’s teens have a long list of influencers standing in line to leave their mark on young lives: media, culture, friends, church, etc. But the greatest influencers on kids are..
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The Sexualization of Our Culture, Part 3

This blog is the third of a four-part series on the sexualization of our culture. We’d recommend skimming part one (where we challenge the youth ministry nation to rethink our approach to teaching sexuality to our students) and part two (where we ask you to..
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The Sexualization of Our Culture, Part 2

If you read our article from last week, The Sexualization of our Culture, Pt 1, you saw our general thoughts on sexuality in our culture. We ended with the question, “How can we hope students choose to live differently unless they are offered a new..
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