Youth

Four Ways to Come Alongside Your Kids to Strengthen Their Faith

If you’re paying attention to what’s happening in America today, you’re probably aware of the challenges facing young Christians in their teens and twenties. It’s a simple fact: most young Christians will walk away from the Church during (or before) their college years. Like other Christian parents, I’m animated to …

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UPDATED: Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity?

(Updated on October 20th, 2017) Much has been written about both the Biblical illiteracy of teenage believers and the flight of young people from the Church. Many have observed this trend, and I too have witnessed it anecdotally as a youth pastor (and shamefully, I contributed to the trend for some …

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How to Talk with Your Kids About God (Interview with Natasha Crain)

The statistics tell the whole story: young believers are walking away from the Church. Recent surveys indicate the drift begins long before the university years. In fact, more young people are entering college as ex-believers than ever before. As a apparent, I’m alarmed, and I bet you are too if …

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When Teens Wish They Could “Unpost” (Interview with Jonathan McKee)

Have you ever regretted something you posted on social media? Don’t feel bad, 57% of Americans who use social media have posted something they regret afterwards. And that’s just adults. Now jump into the brain of a 10-year-old. Yes, a 10-year-old. Nielsen research labels age 10 the “mobile adoption sweet …

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Four Truths About the Universe You Can Share with Your Kids to Demonstrate the Existence of God

If you’ve raised your children to believe Christianity is true, you probably want them to continue to believe it’s true, especially through their critical university years. There are good reasons to be concerned for young Christians once they leave our care. Statistically, most will walk away from the Church (and …

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How to Avoid An “Atheist Ambush” in University

If you’re a Christian, you already know the sad truth. Someone in your family (a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece, or nephew) has already walked away, in spite of all the years you spent raising them in the church. I believe we can change this alarming trajectory, but we have …

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How to Protect Your Students from Bad Ideas (Interview with Jeff Myers)

My friend John Stonestreet often says, “Ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims.” No truer statement has ever been made, because no time in American history has presented young Christians with more ideological risk. You already know this if someone in your family is attending university. But while it’s …

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Awana Is Poised to Equip the Next Generation

When my daughters were young, they attended Awana at a local church in our community. They were eager to participate, and they were blessed by the commitment the program made (and continues to make) to scripture memorization. I bet many of you have been similarly blessed by a local Awana …

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