Marko encourages you to lean in this thanksgiving.
Around this time last year, we read a Barna Research piece that indicated that 38% of Pastors have thought about quitting full-time ministry in the past year. So, we thought we would do a similar survey with Youth Leaders and ask the same set of well-being questions. Specifically, we are asking youth leaders that are employed, or previously employed. We were hoping that would be willing to participate in our survey, too. It will only take you 3 minutes!
If you’d like to receive a copy of the 2023 report when it’s ready, you can request that HERE.
Today’s teenagers won’t accept merely being told information or the party line. They want to wrestle and explore—they want to be contributors and help develop their own set of beliefs. So rather than leave this process of exploration until their young adult years, a time when many of them will have left the Church, what if we purposefully came alongside our teens and helped them explore and own their beliefs while they’re still teenagers? That’s what THINK is all about.
Get all 6 volumes:
- THINK Volume 1: Culture
- THINK Volume 2: Theology
- THINK Volume 3: Identity
- THINK Volume 4: Relationships & Sexuality
- THINK Volume 5: Feisty Issues
- THINK Volume 6: The Bible
For the next 7 days, get the entire THINK library for only $49.99. That’s over 60%!
All youth workers want to help teenagers grow in their faith, expanding their participation in the kingdom of God beyond Sundays or Wednesdays until it becomes an integral part of their everyday lives. The 12-Month Student Discipleship Journal is designed with that in mind, intended to help youth build habits of Bible reading, reflection, and prayer.
Students can use this journal individually, or each member of a youth group or small group could have a copy and meet for discussion of what they are learning and wondering. The book is set up so students can begin any time during the year.
As they spend a short but focused time each day with this journal, students will grow in their faith with Bible readings, practical teaching, and interactive prompts that will help them engage with their questions, learn more about God and his Word, and discover more of what it means to be a follower of Christ.
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Teenagers’ curiosity, enthusiasm, and engagement are some of the things we love most about them! They are full of deep questions about God, the world, and their role in it. Longtime youth worker Jen Bradbury has written this curriculum to help you guide your group through fun, meaningful, and thought-provoking discussion of teens’ most-asked questions about the three persons of the Trinity:
Lesson 1: Is God a man?
Lesson 2: Can God change God’s mind?
Lesson 3: Is God colorblind?
Lesson 4: Is Jesus really good news?
Lesson 5: Who is what is the Holy Spirit?
Every week’s lesson includes key Scripture passages, interactive activities, a detailed outline to lead you through the main discussion, small group questions, a prayer experience, and a guide for how teenagers can continue these conversations later with a parent or other trusted adult.
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Jen Bradbury serves as the TenX10 Content Director for Fuller Youth Institute. Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Prior to working at FYI, she served as a youth worker in the local church for 19 years. Jen is the author of several books including The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus, The Real Jesus, and Called: A Novel About Youth Ministry Transitions. Jen lives with her husband, daughters, and cat in the Chicago suburbs.
Our values determine our destination. Despite our best efforts as youth workers, cultural values, like strong undercurrents, can unwittingly set our student ministries, and the youth we’re called to disciple, on a course for destruction. This introductory resource will help you become aware of some of the most significant cultural values influencing your ministry and challenge you to make necessary shifts in how we minister to this emerging generation. In doing so, you’ll help stabilize the ship of youth ministry, and chart a course to better help adolescents navigate tumultuous cultural seas as they journey toward the fullness of Christ.
The long summer is over, and just like your pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks, Marko is back with a new season.
Give yourself 5 minutes to dig into important topics for you, your ministry, and your church.
Welcome to the 6th annual installment of this survey and thanks for taking the time to participate. Ever year we hear how helpful it is to pastors everywhere…both Youth Pastors, and those who manage them! You can click the link below to take the survey. The survey will close on November 30, 2022.
This survey is designed for United States residents only, but you’re welcome to participate if you’re somewhere else. A detailed analysis of the survey findings will be published in January 2023 and we’ll send you a download link to it at the email address you provide. Oh, and the report is totally FREE, as always.
The survey is brought to you by Chemistry Staffing, produced and published by Dan Navarra, with general editing provided by Mark Oestreicher of The Youth Cartel.
If you’d like the survey results to be sent to you, please click the “I’d like the report” link below and we’ll send you a copy once it’s available.
The Anxious Teen: Ministry with Stressed and Fearful Students, from Brock Morgan and Hallie Scott, is now shipping.
About the book:
Now more than ever, teens are struggling with stress, anxiety, and fear. Between social media, the 24/7 flood of news from around the world, global pandemics, mental health crises, the pressure of getting good grades or attending a specific college, financial stress at home, and existential threats like climate change, it’s no wonder.
Teenagers today are different from teenagers even 10 or 20 years ago. The issues they are facing are complex and wide-ranging. How can youth workers understand them better? What are the best ways to meet anxious teens where they are and help them feel seen, loved, and known—both by our youth ministries and by the God who cares for them so deeply?
Brock Morgan uses his conversational style and trademark humor to approach this topic from the starting point of his own experiences with anxiety and his decades in youth ministry. In these pages he provides context to help us understand today’s anxiety-ridden reality, and teaches skills and practices we can develop in ourselves and our youth to move forward in a lasting, healthy faith.
With over 30 years of experience in youth ministry, Brock Morgan is a sought-after communicator known for his amazing storytelling and insight into the next generation. He is the associate pastor over youth ministries at The Bridge in Chino, California, and is the author of many highly regarded books, including Youth Ministry 2027. He and his wife, Kelsey, their daughter, Dancin, and their puppy, C.S. Lewis, live in Southern California. You can find out more about him at brockmorgan.com.
Hallie Scott (MA, Azusa Pacific University) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Brea, California, and an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. She is the author of Hope Beyond an Empty Cradle.
We are super excited to let you know a number of our newest titles are now available on Kindle for your e-reading pleasure. We love it when you buy our physical books, but we understand you also like to carry around your youth ministry library in your pocket so you can catch up on your reading while you are waiting on that Chick-fil-a order to be brought out to your car or enjoying that last trip to the beach before summer is over.
Here are our new Kindle releases (click the title to see on Amazon):