Youth

Arming Christian Students With the Truth

This week, we’ve been examining a strategy to stem the tide of young Christians leaving the Church during their college years. I suggest we stop teaching and start training. I’ve outlined a simple model (using T.R.A.I.N. as an acronym) to help describe the difference between training and teaching. Teaching is …

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Requiring Young Christians to Raise the Bar

The Church is experiencing a crisis. Young Christians are leaving the Church in large numbers during their college years, and our efforts to address the problem have been inadequate. I suggest we stop teaching and start training. In yesterday’s post I outlined a simple model (using T.R.A.I.N. as an acronym) …

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Yet Another Student Survey Confirming the Need for Case Making

It’s been about a month since Larry Taunton of Fixed Point Foundation posted an article for the Atlantic entitled Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity. Taunton’s organization has been interviewing members of atheist college groups (the Secular Student Alliance and Freethought Societies). “These college groups are the …

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The Choice Between Entertaining and Training

I often talk about the need to “reform” our approach to youth ministry in light of the astonishing statistics related to young people leaving the Christian faith. While I tend to focus on the direction I would prefer to take, I seldom spend much time critiquing the alternative strategies that other youth …

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