March 13, 2018.Reading time 4 minutes.
“Our kids learn within a system of education devised for a world that increasingly does not exist.” Technology has permeated the education system with American public schools providing at least one computer for every five students and $3+ billion per year for digital content.  Tablets and smart boards don’t magically make pupils smarter unless teachers […] Read More
May 9, 2017.Reading time 2 minutes.
While we fully anticipated that the West would grow increasingly paganized, I never expected how hard the rise of the pagan mind would hit the church. Maybe, I just didn’t expect how poorly the church would respond. Read More
September 22, 2016.Reading time 8 minutes.
The increasingly complex intricacies of doing ministry in a post-modern, post-Christian reality have completely changed the context in which we minister to children and youth today. Consider some of these challenges: Non-traditional family structures Family fragmentation Lower rates of Christian affiliation Plummeting church attendance Decreasing Scripture engagement Increasing pace of cultural change Decreased biblical literacy […] Read More
June 30, 2014.Reading time 5 minutes.
Can what you don’t know hurt your ministry? Do you think they wish they had known they were giving Bibles to illiterates before they raised the money for them? Is the pastorless village where a church did a “drop and run” of Gospel literature still wishing there was someone who could answer their questions about […] Read More
May 15, 2014.Reading time less than 1 minute.
To celebrate International Day of Familes, here are some interesting family fast facts from our Attitudes and Behavior of Youth research. Family is one of the most important factors that make up the “Trifecta” we have determined directly influences a teen’s spiritual vibrancy. Be sure you nurture those positive family experiences by doing things together. Start with […] Read More
January 30, 2014.Reading time 4 minutes.
Often in the non-profit ministry world, we are challenged on how we approach life transformation. Skeptics question whether God’s Word can really be enough to affect people’s destinies. Critics scoff and say we need to do more than proclaim God’s Word to impact young people. There are hundreds of organizations that believe social justice and […] Read More