Author: Richard Ross

Dr. Ross serves as Professor of Student Ministry in the Jack D. Terry School of Church and Family Ministries. He is married to LaJuana and they are parents of Clayton. Twitter: @richardaross Website:

Spiritually Shallow Parents and the Reformation of Sunday School

Those of us leading parents back into primary spiritual leadership with their children have brought a secret out of the closet. Mom and dad may not be spiritually developed enough to lead their children, even if they are active church members. Spiritually, par... Read More »

Teenagers and Market-Driven Ministry

Three documents have crashed into each other on my computer. Their composite message is both troubling and hopeful.... Read More »

The Senior Pastor and Transformational Student Ministry

Pastor, you can decide to support youth ministry for one of two reasons. First, you can decide to support youth ministry because you ought to—in the same way you ought to support every ministry of the church. On the other hand, you can decide to support yout... Read More »

Teenagers, Behavior Modification, and the Heart

Sometimes a leader says, “When I hear what some of our church teenagers have been doing, it’s so frustrating. Why can’t they live consistently with their beliefs?”... Read More »

Guiding Teenagers to Love the Church

Just use your imagination. One of your teenagers has graduated and has just started his freshman year at college. It is the first Sunday morning. Asleep in the dorm, he hears his phone alarm go off at 7:00 am. Will he get up and find a new church or roll over ... Read More »

Who Spiritually Deepens the Adults who Lead Teenagers?

Even if you and I have never met, I know some things about you. You long to see teenagers love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength—and to love others as they love themselves. You long to see them value the glory of God above all things. You lo... Read More »

Teenagers Who Declare Their Intention to Live in Purity

Spiritual transformation has many different facets. One of those facets is a life of sexual purity. God created the wonder and beauty of sex for several reasons. He designed the sexual union in part to give husbands and wives a way to express a closeness that ... Read More »

Awakening Teenagers (and the Church) to the Supremacy of Christ

Here is the question: Who is God’s Son today and why does it matter? At the moment of His second coming, Christ will appear, more majestic and powerful than we can possibly imagine. He will split the heavens. All humanity will see Him for who He is.... Read More »

Teenagers, Revival, and the American Church

Is an awakening to Christ possible in your church and youth ministry? Absolutely. That is exactly what the Father has been orchestrating among believers down through the centuries and today. Awakening is a church saturated with the supremacy of Christ by the S... Read More »

Sending Out Recent High School Graduates to the Nations

Missions is evangelism and compassionate ministry in the name of Christ. Both here and there and to the uttermost parts of the earth. It flows from passion for Christ’s renown and an insatiable thirst to see the multiplication of worshippers before His thron... Read More »