Parents and Families

Texas Youth Academy

“Texas Youth Academy is something I think about daily, and not lightly at that. I can truly say that TYA changed my life because of the impact it had on me and my passion for ministry and the Bible. I realized the approaches I’ve taken to ministry and the thoughts I have on theology have been shaped due to my ...

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Thin Places

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of[b] the joy that was set before him endured the ...

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Getting Parents to Show Up!

Do you have plans for an upcoming Youth and Parents meeting? Do you hope your numbers will be higher in your next meeting? Maybe you have plans that you want to share about upcoming trips, or you want to share about some great new research coming out, but whatever you may want to do, make sure that you are being ...

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The Deception of the Deep-Web

Is The Deep Web the Newest Trend and Should I Care? If you are an active participant in the world wide web, you are participating in approximately 1% of the internet.  This includes Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, Amazon, ebay, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, etc. For most people, our daily searching, emails, shopping and internet habits are found on the very surface ...

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The Illusion of Innocence Lost

This past week, my church held a  sexuality workshop for our 5th graders and their parents called Created by God, a three-day Christian-based sex education curriculum. I never realized how multifaceted the feeling of anxiety was until I saw the parents arrive at the orientation meeting the first night. The attitudes of parents ranged anywhere from being hesitantly thankful that the church was ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 10

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

This week ends our summer series on Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork.  Our hope is that you can use all 13 principles as you shape ministry over the next school year.  In prior weeks we have focused on the first twelve principles: Youthwork is – Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential, Youth-led, Utilizes Open-ended Discussion ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 5

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first six principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional and Evangelistic. This week we move onto: Principle #7 – Youthwork is Holistic! The goal of ministry with Youth is not to separate a young person’s faith journey from their life. As a matter of fact, giving theological language to the life ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 4

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first five principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling and Missional.  This week we move onto: Principle # 6 – Youthwork is Evangelistic! Many people find the idea of practicing Evangelism troubling. Images of big hair, crying, desperate pleas, Bible-thumping, confrontation, money, hell fire and damnation, or thousands of people in a ...

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