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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 >


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 >


Children’s Books about Worship

This excellent selected bibliography of books about worship for younger children includes board books with topics like, “Colors I See in Church,” and “Things I Hear in Church.” It also... read more >


Creating a Space for Children and Youth

Recognizing the importance of reaching out to the next generation, many congregations have put their energies into building Family Life Centers. The Center for Congregations' report, Congregations and Family Life Centers,... read more >


Engage Sunday School Students Through Creative Teaching

Teaching religion can be challenging, but by utilizing different techniques your educators can capture the attention of students and bring Sunday school to life. Educator Phyllis Wezeman offers a list... read more >


Children-Friendly Worship Service

This two-part guide explores the benefits and means to create truly intergenerational worship services. Offering a list of principles for consideration, guidelines for child participation, ideas on how to prepare... read more >


What Teens Believe

Today’s American teens have a generally positive attitude toward religion, but the general public has a distorted perception of teenagers and their faith interests. Discover the difference. Read the interview... read more >


Religion and Teen Self-esteem

High school seniors who attend religious services are significantly more likely to have a positive self-attitude than those who don’t, regardless of how infrequently they attend, and independent of their... read more >


Understand Your Church Better by Observing It

This comprehensive online guide teaches pastors and lay leaders how to use social science observation techniques to understand church dynamics. The four guides help you explore theology, leadership, group structure,... read more >


Teenage religiosity: Widely practiced, poorly understood

Prevailing culture often casts teenagers as alienated from religion, if not downright hostile to it. To believe some movie depictions, teenagers are rebellious Pagans-in-the-making, more interested in witchcraft than mission trips. But a four-year national study of youth and religion arrives at a different conclusion.  The study, which included interviews with more than 3,000 U.S. teenagers, finds that a majority of today’s young people see religion as a positive influence on their lives and the lives of their community. Moreover, they have no desire to cast off the faith of their upbringing.





Explorer of the Universe, Stephen Hawkings Dies

  "Unlike me, Prof. Hawking did his best to stare into the far reaches of the universe. If anyone could have...

Philanthropy That Thinks Deeply About Rural Community

Based in Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment is perhaps best known for its grants to strengthen pastoral leaders and...

Grappling with Questions of Belonging, Unity, and Faith

Years ago, against the advice of colleagues, Amanda Parrish Morgan taught Marilynne Robinson's debut novel,...

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