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.

Social Media Destroying Teen Girls?  3 Things you Must Do!

Is it really?

I just recently read an article titled; How Social Media is Destroying the Lives of Teen Girls.  In many ways it is a very scary article.  In fact it is worthwhile for you to read.

The article is interacting with an author who wrote a book about the effects of social media on teen girls.  In a nutshell this article argues that teen girls are being objectified, sexually harassed and are addicted to social media.

Teen girls being addicted to their phones is not news to any of us.  However, I needed to be reminded that girls are being objectified and sexually harassed with social media.

We have heard the stories of girls being pressured to give promiscuous pictures or being called vulgar names on social media.  So as youth workers what do we do?  Here are 3 things…

Caring for Transgender Self-Identifying Students

When the first transgender student visits your youth group will you be prepared?

Which small group will you invite them to?

Which washroom will they use?

Which cabin will you assign them to at the retreat?

These are some of the things you will want to think through with your leaders but probably not the most important issues.

Screen Time and Improving Teens’ Social Skills

I fail emotional intelligence tests.

That’s when I am honest. I know the right responses. I just don’t use them in everyday situations. I don’t like to say “God bless you,” if someone sneezes (it’s based on a terrible superstition.) I don’t ask “How are you?” unless I really have the time to find out (which is rare.) And when asked, “What do you want to do?” it’s normally, “Work.”

I know I’m probably a terrible role model and the last one who should be writing this blog, except studies are showing that a generation is coming up with even poorer social skills than mine!

Here are the stats and what the experts say that we should do.