Sticky Faith

How do we build lasting faith in the teenagers we love and serve? Find practical resources for youth ministry and parenting here.

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Growing Young

How can you unlock your church’s potential? Discover 6 research-based strategies for integrating young people to create a thriving church.

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Urban Ministries

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Research into resources.
Helping the church become the best place for young people to grow.

Do you need a BIG BUDGET to make a BIG DIFFERENCE in the lives of young people?

Do you need a BIG BUDGET to make a BIG DIFFERENCE in the lives of young people?

We live in a culture that seems to believe that the more money you spend on a child, the better she or he will fare in the future. The same thing happens in churches seeking to make an impact in the lives of young people. Popular wisdom suggests that the bigger the church budget (or building), the better.

But in the churches we studied for Growing Young, this is just not what we found. 

Why doubt needs to have a place in your youth ministry this year

Why doubt needs to have a place in your youth ministry this year

In our research with young people across the past decade, we have become more and more convinced that it’s not doubt that is squelching young people’s faith. It’s not spiritual struggle that drives them away from church. It’s not questions that distance them from God. It’s silence.

Growing Young

Meet the churches young people are loving (and not leaving)

Meet the churches young people are loving (and not leaving)

Growing Young began with some ambitious questions.

What can churches do to become more effective with young people? Who and where are the most innovative congregations in the country when it comes to engaging young people well? How might we learn more about them

5 Common Struggles In Youth Ministry
Self-care

5 Common Struggles In Youth Ministry
(and how to overcome them)

We’ve all been there.

Ministry gets discouraging. We feel stuck. We’re not sure we have been doing the right things or investing our time in the right places. We would love to see more change, but we’re just not sure how to make it happen.

I remember one season when I thought our small group approach had grown stale.

Short-term mission trips for long-term good
Short-term Missions / Discipleship / Justice / Service

Short-term mission trips for long-term good
From service to relationship

I cant wait to bring Jesus to people in need.

I love students’ desire to serve and care for others. Yet this kind of posture raises all kinds of questions for me as someone facilitating a team of outsiders in my city. Questions like:

How can we help students discover ways to serve without doing harm? How can we help students discover how Jesus is already present in the city?

I encourage students to enter their week of service with the hope to share their lives and receive others in mutuality instead of trying to fix what they may think is broken.