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Supporting Ministry and Vocation

Christian congregations interested in encouraging students and young adults to explore careers in Christian vocations can find ideas, partnership guidelines, and information on matching fellowship programs, on the Forum for... read more >

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Undergraduates Exploring Ministry and Vocation

High school, undergraduate college, and minority students considering careers in Christian ministry or scholarship can participate in exploratory programs and internships through the Forum for Theological Exploration. In May 1999, Lilly... read more >

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The spiritual fruits of play

Play isn’t just for kids. It offers spiritual benefits for all ages, advocates say. Imagine Jesus as Jester.

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Emerging adults least likely to engage their faith

Emerging adults least likely to engage their faith Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Those who maintained the highest levels of religious commitment as adults adopted those habits earlier in life.

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The Role of Media in Constructing Religious Identity among Teens

Teens tend to see themselves as the ultimate authority in determining which symbols are or can be made spiritually meaningful. They are likely to pick religious symbols from a variety... read more >

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Congregational Strength and Numerical Growth

This technical paper studies what kinds of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations grow and isolates two key factors: prioritizing children and youth programming, and the practice of shared leadership. Read this... read more >

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Helping College Students Discern their Calling

With so many options for employment today, and so much pressure to earn status and income, it can be difficult for students to discern a religious calling and for churches... read more >

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A Conversation with Christian Smith on Youth

The National Study of Youth and Religion revealed that teens are more like their parents than popular media and common stereotypes suggest. What parents do matters to their teens; what... read more >

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Why Teens Choose Church

It used to be that when children were raised in a faith tradition they grew into its wisdom as they matured. Now, many teens choose their religion. And they do... read more >

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How American Teens Experience Life

An exploration of teens across racial and ethnic lines produces interesting insights. African-American and Hispanic teens were closer to their parents than Euro-American and Asian-American teens, and were more likely... read more >

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Children's Faith, Doubt and Silence

During a three-year longitudinal study launched by the Fuller Youth Institute, a parent with three post–high school...

Sermons For Those Struggling with Depression

On Sunday, before worshippers at Washington's National Cathedral, Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, delivered...

Lilly Endowment Launchs the Seventh Phase of its Giving Indiana Funds

"Last fall, Lilly Endowment launched the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative (GIFT VII),...

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