Best Youth/Student Ministry

J Zach

Jeremy Zach, a youth minister since 2002 and youth ministry blogger, recently shared his list of common characteristics found in great youth ministries.  His list of seven shared attributes includes three that are not directly about the youth/students: maintain and train amazing and healthy leaders, engage 25% of their parents, and invite the senior pastor into the student ministry. So What? Zach is right: great youth/student ministry is never ministry in its own silo.  Effective Read More …

Wisdom for Boys

Roger Olson

For those that do not regularly speak to teenagers, opportunities to give talks to those in this age group can prove especially challenging.  On the occasion of preparing to give an extended presentation to a group of teen aged boys, Roger Olson shared a working outline.  Among his list of ten items are it’s good to be a boy—and a man, they need to ignore the stereotypes of “manhood”—whether those come at them from their male peers or from the media or anywhere, and they should talk Read More …

Golden Rule 2.0

Jim Antal

Most Christians know and seek to live by the so-called "golden rule," which calls for a life of treating others as one would like to be treated.  Interestingly, an ethic of reciprocity is also found in many of the world's religions and cultures. The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Conference Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, recently  challenged participants at the UCC's National Youth Event to live by something he calls the Golden Rule 2.0: "Treat Read More …

The Influence of Technology

technology

"The Family and Technology Report" is one of the Barna Group's latest publications.  The report is based on research conducted in partnership with Orange, which is part of the reThink Group. "The innovative study included nationwide interviews among parents and 11- to 17-year-olds from the same households, allowing comparisons between the parents and the tweens and teenagers who reside in the same home." Recently, Church Juice's Jerod Clark discussed the study's five findings and provided a Read More …