Parent Taxis and Teen Baptisms

In 1972, at the height of the Jesus Movement, the Southern Baptist Convention baptized more teenagers than ever before. From that point, baptisms of teenagers have dropped every year. If McDonalds does everything well except sell fast food, something is amiss.... Read More »

Teenagers, Competitions and the Sabbath

A youth pastor told me he was missing some of his core teenagers on Easter Sunday morning. They were playing in a school volleyball tournament. How did our culture come to this? Plenty of parents take zero interest in their children and their activities. Youth... Read More »

Less traditional student ministry might mean more disciples

If student pastors were to stop doing about two-thirds of what they are doing, we might begin producing more disciples. Why? Because if they stop doing some things, then they will have time to do other things that offer even more promise. I have much confidenc... Read More »

Raising Up Teenage Spiritual Champions

Our liberal friends are not too keen on the idea of student achievement in schools. Last week I heard of another high school that no longer will conduct awards assemblies at the end of the year. Progressives want to pull achieving young people back into the mu... Read More »

High School Grads Who Don’t Leave the Church

The bad news is that some young adults leave the church after high school. The good news is that not as many are leaving as we once thought. And, we increasingly know what makes the difference.... Read More »

Don’t Waste Your Parenthood: Preparing Children to be Adults

The majority of those 18 to 25: Do not have a clear vocational focus nor the drive to move forward vocationally. Do not feel motivated to achieve independence in their finances or life situation. Do not feel ready to accept the lifetime commitments that marria... Read More »

Axe Mingled with Old Spice: The New Incense

Older members of the congregation may not drive vans full of teenagers or help serve pizzas, but they can help shape the effectiveness of your church’s student ministry. They may be three or four times the ages of the teenagers, but they can be important to ... Read More »

Missionaries, Evangelists, and Other 10-Year-Olds

Baptists vigorously affirm the priesthood of believers. But does that mean all believers—including the 10-year-olds?... Read More »

Teenagers: From Self-Absorbed to Self-Sacrificing

Researcher Tim Elmore has found young adults to be a narcissistic or me-centered generation. They have spurts when they want to change the world but have not grown up with strong enough commitments to sustain activity toward change. Youth ministry today shapes... Read More »

Top 10 Questions about Your Church’s Ministry with Teenagers

If I were a senior pastor I would print the following list of questions, and I would take it to staff meeting for discussion. I would expect discussion to involve everyone. For example, I would expect those in ministry with children to consider how 12 years in... Read More »