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Our Students Are Poised to Create Change. Start With Teaching Students This…

As youth leaders and parents, we have to help students experience what it means reflect the love of Christ—through experience—it’s how they are wired to learn. It is what is necessary if our students are going to thrive and create change. You don’t need a new program or some complex system, you just need a few simple steps. Let me show you what I mean.

How the Simplicity of the Gospel is the Perfect Remedy for Such Complex Times

There’s no question our lives have been a little out of sorts lately. We have seen the articles and heard the news. We have seen the hardship of so many around us and have watched the disappointment in our kids—first school, then activities, then an abnormal summer and now massive uncertainty with the fall approaching.

Making Disciples Means Building Relationships

Our effective witness to others as followers of Christ is so much more than just communicating the gospel when given the opportunity. It’s more than just talking about Jesus and asking another person to “accept” Jesus. Effective disciple-making requires the formation of a relationship—even if that relationship is only for a small moment in time. It requires us to listen to another’s story, their concerns, objections, frustrations, and questions—and to do so with gentleness and respect.

Five Questions to Keep Discipleship Fresh on Your Mind

Here we are. Still stuck at home. On the one hand, wondering when we get back to normal. On the other hand, a bit scared for what that will mean when that times comes. This house, which at one time seemed too big, now seems to be closing in on me. We homeschool, so this shouldn’t be hard right? We can still do school. The kids are always together. But over the last few weeks, I think we can all agree that this time spent at home—however necessary—is anything but easy.

Discipleship Essentials: Using How Our Students Actually Learn To Make Disciples

Learning that lasts is driven from experience first. Experiences are incredible teachers. It not only captivates our attention, it engages our imaginations, stirs up emotion, causes us to ask questions, and, peaks our curiosity. Experiences creates a deeper need to know.

Why Your Student’s Questions are Just as Important as the Answers

Questions compel us to ask why. And as I have taught students over the years, if Christianity is true, then no question ought to be off-limits. That, of course, does not mean every question can be answered. But at the end of the day, we must ask ourselves which worldview has the best answers to life’s most important questions—and do those answers provide a consistent and coherent framework for reality.

Leading Youth to Spiritual Maturity and a Strong Biblical Faith

One of my responsibilities as a teacher was to oversee the spiritual growth of the entire student body. Every year, I would ask similar questions at the beginning and end of the school year of the students, parents, leaders, pastors, and myself. The wide variety of answers would help me guide students in their walk, so they could not only have a sure foundation, but to build on for a lasting faith and a prepared faith for what ever comes next.

Some Helpful Take-A-Ways From Rhett and Link’s Deconstruction of Faith – Part 1

the conversation Rhett and Link started is an important one. It’s a conversation the church cannot afford to ignore and a conversation families cannot pretend doesn’t exist. So what can we as devout believers, disciple-makers, apologists, pastors, parents, etc. ought to learn from their journey?

Alternative Practices To Grab Your Students Attention

Research is now showing that the attention span of the average student is actually less than that of a goldfish. And more often than not we believe that the solution is less teaching time. Do I run the risk of losing their attention for the sake of the message or sacrifice the message for the sake of their attention spans? It feels like either way, you lose.

7 Apologetic Questions Parents and Pastors Need to Be Asking Students

Most parents are desperate for ways to talk to their kids about their faith, politics, daily events, and news. And if they just had a way in, a conversation starter, imagine what might happen in the lives of those students. After all, the primary disciple maker in a child’s life was designed to be a parent. We should empower them where and when we can.

Have an Idea? Here’s How to Make it Happen

So you have this great idea. You pitch it to your boss, and he loves it. You have the green light. So you return to your office thrilled and energized, ready to dig in. That is until fear, distractions, obstacles, naysayers, loss of interest, or frustration that your idea is not turning out as expected … Continue reading Have an Idea? Here’s How to Make it Happen

Urgent Lessons To Help Your Students Navigate The News Headlines

Students are genuinely and rightfully concerned about how they should respond to recent events in the classroom and with friends and family. Your students most likely want to be like Jesus and respond biblically, but they often have a hard time making sense of recent events in light of biblical teaching. So rather than debating whether or not Jesus would have voted for Trump or if Jesus would rather live in a state that denies abortions, I want to dial in on getting back to the basics of discipleship.