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Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry

Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry

My friend Mike asked me, “What are the top ten characteristics of a healthy youth ministry?” There are a million lists like that floating around, but it did make me stop and commit to a “top 10″ list for myself.  So here’s my list, subject to revision. 10.  Safe space. We live in what sociologist [...]

Addressing Sinful Behavior in the Youth Group

Addressing Sinful Behavior in the Youth Group

How do you address sinful behavior within the youth group without driving people away? Especially when it’s something a lot of people are doing and the parents and even youth ministers are ignoring it. Can you even do this? So first things first, I don’t know if you can do this. When there’s sin, it [...]

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

So what’s wrong with moralistic therapeutic deism? No doubt:  the church has been guilty of worse crimes than instilling MTD in teenagers. In fact, MTD probably evolved partly from well-meaning Christians who don’t want to repeat the atrocities done in the name of religion throughout history. I know this is true for me. When I [...]