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Faith Abandonment Part 3: What Can We Do About It?

Many teenagers are wandering away from faith and/or church upon graduating from high school and moving out of our youth groups. What, exactly, can we do about it?  We can do nothing, and we can do a lot. We can do nothing in that the..
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Faith Abandonment Part 2: Some Causes

Read Faith Abandonment: Part 1 here. While I tend to think the “statistics” (I put them in quotes because everybody knows that 75% of statistics are wrong 85% of the time.) citing how many students actually walk away from faith/church upon graduation are an overshot,..
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Faith Abandonment (Part 1)

The various authors writing these (hopefully) helpful articles every day are entering a new season. Instead of an assigned topic for the week, we are each free to write about whatever we want.  My articles appear every Wednesday. So I thought instead of everything I..
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[ALERT] 1000′s of Homeless Teens Attend Youth Group!

This may surprise you, but homeless teenagers are flocking to your youth group on a regular basis.  And most of them live in comfort, under a roof provided for them by loving families. But make no mistake, they are homeless; at least that’s how they..
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The Power of Permission in Youth Ministry

The first time I learned about the validation that comes with giving someone permission to experience their reality came when I was 10-years-old. I was regularly invited to sleep over at my friend Joel’s house. I suffered horribly from being homesick when I was younger. It..
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