Category: Youth Ministry

Top 5 SHP titles of 2017

Seminary Hill Press is the publishing arm of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, publishing works by the institution’s faculty and alumni. In 2017, the press produced multiple titles that would make great Christmas gifts for theologians and laypersons... Read More »

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 »

The Peril of Entertaining Our Youth

As a parent of teens, I long for my kids to mature into faithful followers of Christ who put others before themselves, live for a greater purpose, and embody Christian virtues. I long for them to be surrounded by a community of Christ-following peers and mento... 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 »

Preparing your kids for the apologetic challenges for all of life

Most of us make up our minds on worldview matters when we are relatively young. The process of worldview formation itself begins as early as one starts to form thoughts about the world. When we are young, we absorb (as if by a process of osmosis) categories an... 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 »

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 »