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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 >


The Spiritual Fruits of Play

The Spiritual Fruits Of Play Men Bowling Spirit Fun Insights into Religion News Lilly Foundation Funding Grant Christianity Youth

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


Emerging Adults Least Likely To Engage Their Faith

Emerging Adults Least Likely To Engage Their Faith Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News Christianity

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


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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