This Is What the Wall Street Journal Says We Need to Know about The 2017 Teenage Spiritual Crisis

On June 13, 2017 the Wall Street Journal ran an article titled, The Teenage Spiritual Crisis. For those of us who have invested our lives in youth ministry, any new insight is always valuable. What do they see that I don’t? What is at the heart of this 2017 Spiritual Crisis and what can we do about it?

How will Canadian Marijuana Legalization Affect Teens

Canada wants to legalize marijuana by Canada Day (July 1) next year. I won’t be something I’ll be celebrating considering how teens will be affected. The goal is to tax, restrict and monitor the sale of the product. The government feels that this ending of prohibition will be safe and effective. They believe that it will keep marijuana out of the hands of minors. What do you think?

Let’s compare it to the legal substance, alcohol. What are the results of legalized alcohol? How well is the government keeping this out of the hands of under age students?

Let’s Get Personal This Year

Jared spends over 9 hours by himself each day.

…And when he is with other people, he’s still in his own world. His case is not unique. There’s a growing number of isolated kids. The situation is so unhealthy. It can be changed. Here’s what’s going on and what we can do to end the isolation.

JOY! 3 Ways to Help Students Experience it!

“Dad!”

“I felt warm in my heart and so happy tonight when that student was sharing with me! It felt like I was doing the right thing! It felt so good!”

I was thrilled too as my daughter shared with me after youth night. My heart was also filled with joy!! I wished every parent, student and leader could feel this overwhelming sense of pure joy! Here are three ways that I believe we can help students experience JOY!

5 MYTHS Youth Workers Believe about ADHD

That kid is hyper.

I hear the phrase a lot from youth workers and volunteers. They are focusing on high activity, low attention, and high distractibility. This outward behavior is obvious but they may have bought into at least 5 myths about ADHD that can be harmful to the student and to the ministry. Here’s what every youth worker needs to know.

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: