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Almost Christian 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don’t do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics.  Kenda Dean’s new book […]

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Almost Christian 2

posted by Scot McKnight

 Kenda Dean’s new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church , and I will be blogging my way through it. Her fundamental insight is back-logic: we can infer from the condition of […]

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Almost Christian 1

posted by Scot McKnight

What does the faith of America’s teenagers tell us about the faith they are being taught? What does their faith tell us about the American Church? Two very good questions, both addressed by Kenda Dean, a professor at Princeton Theological […]

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Missional Campus Ministry 5 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

It has been a while – but the Missional Campus Ministry series will continue on an occasional basis as resources or topics appear.  Today I would like to focus conversation around a recent blog post by John Stackhouse – Campus […]

Youth Ministry: “Outcomes”

posted by Scot McKnight

This post is from Jen Bradbury, and I read this on her blog through a “tweet”. This is one of the very few posts or reviews that have talked at all about the outcome-based education I talked about in The […]

Missional Campus Ministry 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

The church I attend has an outstanding youth ministry. No question. And intentionally inter-generational worship. The staff is intent on building relationships. The church is thriving, even growing. The number of families with young children is increasing. And yet … […]

Missional Campus Ministry 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Yet another academic year approaches – yet another set of fresh new faces on campus. As we approach a the start of term I would like to renew the conversation on campus ministry we began last spring (You can find […]

The Future of Sunday School

posted by Scot McKnight

From The Wall Street Journal … The decline in Sunday schools appears to be gradual but steady. A study by the Barna Group indicated that in 2004 churches were 6% less likely to provide Sunday school for children ages 2 […]

Youth Ministry and the Economy: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

This post, by Chris Folmsbee about Youth Ministry and the Challenging Economy, is suggestive and we’d love to generate a conversation about his suggestions and questions. Chris sent me this post last week and, because of our travel to the […]

Youth Ministry and the Task of Culture Shaping: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

I am so grateful Chris Folmsbee is writing this weekly column for us about youth ministry. We need more focus on the next generation… so here goes… Let’s hear your response. I’ve found a new hobby.  I have found absolute […]

Youth Ministry: If I Were to do it Again (Chris Folmsbee)

posted by Scot McKnight

If I Were To Do It Again I was a youth pastor for 13 years.  Today, I am active in youth ministry as a volunteer at The Church of the Resurrection near my home in Kansas City but most of […]

Youth Ministry: Family Based? (by Chris Folmsbee)

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a recognized youth ministry leader who is asking us for some help. Let’s pool our ideas and see what we can say… Since I began posting here several months ago I have received a dozen or so requests […]

Youth Ministers Departing: by Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

Again, Chris Folmsbee joins us to discuss the significance of too many youth ministers leaving youth ministry. We need your responses to this today … By Chris: I don’t think I am an alarmist.  The word ‘departing’ in the title […]

Youth Ministry and the Church: by Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

Our friend Chris Folmsbee, a leader in youth ministry, offers us one more reflection on youth ministry today, and his topic — youth ministry and church — is as timely as it gets. Let’s think together today about the issue […]

Young Life

posted by Scot McKnight

Last Saturday I got up early and drove down to Naperville to speak at a Young Life event. I had prepared myself for a variety of talks since I wasn’t quite sure how Young Life leaders would respond to a […]

Youth Ministry and Mentoring: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

We want more attention to be given to youth ministry, and so Chris Folmsbee joins us weekly to offer a post. Today’s post is about mentoring. We welcome, as always, your feedback and conversation. This post today deserves responses from […]

Youth Ministry and Learning the Bible’s Story: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a pressing issue — something Christianity Today recently discussed: the level of familiarity with the Bible’s story. Chris Folmsbee is asking us today to weigh in on what’s going on in our churches and homes. Help us out […]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 3 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

One of the topics Scot has emphasized of late has been the future of our church and the importance of youth ministry – defined to cover anyone from 12 to 30 or so.  We have been discussing an aspect of […]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 2 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

We started a discussion a while ago on University Ministry  – a discussion I would like to continue today. And I think the initial question to shape thinking is quite simple: What is the purpose or aim of a College […]

Youth Ministry and Community: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

This is the 3d post by Chris Folmsbee, a leader in youth ministry theology. It wasn’t until I was nearly half a dozen years into vocational youth ministry that I began to discover that I couldn’t will a sense of […]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 1 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

Scot has been presenting a series of related posts pondering the future of evangelicalism and the importance of youth ministry – something that may cover anyone from 12 to 30 or so these days.  There are many aspects to this […]

Youth and Evangelism (Chris Folmsbee)

posted by Scot McKnight

Chris Folmsbee has already offered us two posts about youth ministry, and this is his third. Along with Marko’s new book we have two posts today about youth work. This post about evangelism is very important to me. I’m working […]

Youth Ministry 3.0 (3)

posted by Scot McKnight

So, what can we do? Marko, in his new book, Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We’ve Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go , has a bundle of suggestions and I want to discuss a […]

Youth Ministry 3.0 (2)

posted by Scot McKnight

We need to develop an ongoing conversation about youth ministry. Marko’s book provides for us a virtual history of youth ministry in the last 50+ years and does so clearly and simply. We need this book. (By the way, “Marko” […]

Youth Ministry 3.0

posted by Scot McKnight

I sat down the other day with a youth pastor and asked a direct question that I’ve asked a number of youth leaders: “What percentage of your youth become adult, mature Christians?” His response: “You want the truth?” I said, […]

Youth Ministry and Narrative Intelligence: Chris Folmsbee

posted by Scot McKnight

As announced last week, Chris Folmsbee will blog at Jesus Creed about youth ministry. I’m keen that we develop more sensitivity to youth ministries and ministers, and Chris is at the cutting edge of what is going on. The more […]

Re-Thinking Mission in Youth Ministry

posted by Scot McKnight

Through a variety of influences I have renewed my own commitment to the utter significance of youth ministry today — and I mean by that from junior high until adulthood (and that might mean 12 to 30!). Our future churches […]

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

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Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Ou

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Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

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