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Fear Not: Double Your Teaching Results

Here’s a guaranteed way to dramatically power-up your teaching and preaching. It works. But many teachers and preachers will reject it–before ever trying it. I’ve used this approach–with great effectiveness–for 40 years. It’s simple. It costs nothing. It’s described in our new book, Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore. Here it is: Dialog. […]

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3 Ways Christian Youth Challenge the Church

Today’s Christian teenagers embody a number of encouraging values. But those same values tend to chafe today’s church. Since launching Group Magazine almost 40 years ago I’ve been an avid observer of adolescent values, beliefs and behaviors. Much has changed over the years. I reflected on some of these changes after spending time with hundreds […]

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4 Ways Not to Be a Ministry Goon on Social Media

It’s sometimes amusing–and sometimes just painful–to see how ministers use technology. With the proliferation of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, many people in ministry devote loads of time spraying cyberspace with their words and pictures. Used well, social media involvement can enhance ministry and help to connect with people. Used poorly, these attempts […]

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Acts of a Suicidal Church

This summer’s big regional youth conference has been cancelled. Because of tunes. The leader of the denominational office notified all the churches in the region that he decided to pull the plug. The reason? Conference organizers had planned to use Christian songs that did not come from the official denominational worship book. He cited church […]

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When Youth Ministry Stopped Innovating

Youth ministry has been known to pioneer new and effective forms of ministry that also influence the rest of the church. But that trend, in some churches, has largely reversed. Some youth ministries (and children’s ministries) try to mimic the form, methodologies and styles found in adult church, aka “Big Church.” That’s a switch from […]

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The Trouble With Youth Ministry

Youth ministry in the American church is often diagnosed as an increasingly ill patient. Some are even suggesting the patient is terminally ill. Researchers and influential spokespeople report that a large majority of young people drop out of church after high school and rarely return. And they point out that the faith of Christian teenagers […]

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Short-Term Missions: A Waste?

Why do some find it fashionable to bad-mouth short-term missions? I heard it again at a recent conference. The American white guy at the microphone implored the roomful of Christian volunteers and donors to cease their spending on mission trips. Citing his own time spent working among the poor, he urged the group to “do […]

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