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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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The Ministry of Mentoring

Mentoring is a form of friendship in which the mentor acts as companion and supports the protege in developing an authentic self. Christian mentors assist a protege in being Christ-like,... read more >

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Unique, effective Youth Ministry Programs offer hope for the future church

Each summer since 1992, the Youth Theology Institute at Emory University invites a few dozen high school students from across the country to take part in an intensive, three-week Christian... read more >

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The Positive Role of Children on Vitality

Congregations strong in caring for children and youth turn out to be places where adult worshippers report a common enlivening vision for the future, spiritual growth, and increasing numbers. Read... read more >

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Developing Intergenerational Worship

When a worship community tips its worship service toward one age, protest often results and young people, in particular, often stop attending. The challenge of developing a worship service that... read more >

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Sermon Inspiration for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

A Calm Heart in Troubled Waters "The Lord is our refuge and help in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9-20). With God, the...

Tips on Thriving with Musical Staff

One thing is certain: church music ministry is a minefield these days. We are a visible presence, and it seems that...

Significance of Storytelling

“We Survive by Telling Stories” by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros Generational storytelling is a history book. It...

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