Issues in Youth Ministry: Evan Mattei

What do you see as some of the main issues youth ministry is struggling with today?
As the church faces cultural issues, youth, I think, deal with these even…

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Chinese teenagers make me want to overhaul Christian education

The youth worker who got me hooked on youth ministry back in high school is now a missionary to students in China. Yesterday I got his monthly newsletter, which…

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I fit in the 20-somethings view of spirituality

The Catalyst Blog summarized “Spirituality for 20-somethings” and, being 26 years old myself, it seems to fit me pretty well.

They don’t like…

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The state of youth ministry and students

I love it when people ask me questions about youth ministry! They usually turn into ideas for blog posts. :) One such example came today from Jason Curlee:

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Album Review: I’m loving Skillet’s new CD, “Comatose”

I’ve followed Skillet’s music ever since they appeared on the Christian music scene, but I was never a huge fan until their latest album, Comatose…

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Counseling training needed for youth ministry

I graduated from PBU with a degree in youth ministry and filled up all my electives with counseling classes, but I think if I had to do it over again I’d…

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Why students are dropping out of church

There’s a lot of blogging going on about the New York Times’ recent article concerning the mass exodus of teenagers from evangelical churches…

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Notes and thoughts from second day at NYWC

I wasn’t quite sure what this guy’s point was and, judging by the number of people that left during his…

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Day 1: NYWC session notes and thoughts

Man, it’s only the first day and I’ve already taken 8 pages of notes! I think this will be the only night I try to type ’em all up in a some…

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Rethinking church service effectiveness

It’s obvious that way too many people attend church every Sunday and never connect with a word that’s said. I could walk into an average church on…

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