Study: Popular Kids in Danger in their 20’s

Cool Kids are at greater risk…

There used to be a youth ministry strategy that said reach the popular kids and you will reach their whole school.  A University of Virginia study shows why we should reach popular kids, but it isn’t to grow our youth ministry. It’s because they are at greater risk than you may have guessed. Here’s what youth workers, parents and teachers need to know:

#pokemongo 4 Ways to Engage the Craze

Youth Specialties asked this question:

People are hitting the streets because of ‪#‎PokemonGo and showing up at parks, houses, churches, and businesses all over the place to try and catch em all! Are you or your church a Pokestop? How is your ministry using the game to serve the community (free water, anyone?) or meet people where they’re at?

Here are some interesting responses and 4 Ways to Engage this Craze:

Canadian vs. American Values: They’re different, eh!

Cultural values are changing

But how are they changing and how do we respond?

A July 9, 2016 Abacus study of 1500 Canadians 18 and up mirrored a recent American Gallup poll. When asked the same questions there were significant differences between the two countries! Here are some of the highlights.

3 Clues To Create What Your Students Crave

Do you like sitcoms?

I wonder what it is about sitcoms that we enjoy?  Is it the humor?  Maybe it is they’re a very convenient length?

The reason may be something totally different; something very powerful for you to understand if you are in youth ministry. It is so simple you may just miss it…

Show Your Students Young Adults Who Still Believe

Not every young adult has abandoned their faith.

Students need to know that the church isn’t just for those 20 somethings who have nothing going on in their life. This short video let’s students hear firsthand from young adults why they believe.

Here’s the video and three quick reasons why you want your students to interact with godly young adults:

3 Ways Emojis Can Improve Your Communication (plus the Emoji to English Dictionary!)

“We usually just talk using Emojis.”  

This is what 18-year-old Hope R. shared with Business Insider about how she and her friends use their phones to communicate with one another. The college student who admits she “only calls her parents on the phone and no one else, really”, explained that emojis sent alongside every text are the new normal.

Here are some things we all need to know about Emojis and how we can use them to help communicate with students.