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Young adults who are engaged in church are more likely to say they are optimistic about the future, secure in who they are, able to accomplish their goals and have someone who believes in them, a Barna report says. […] Read More

Adults repeatedly complain that youth today are lazy, don’t want to work and have no loyalty or respect for those of us who have paved the way. If that’s the case, maybe we should criticize those who set the example for them. […] Read More

What do you do with smartphones during youth group? Really, we could ask this question for all ages in the church, couldn’t we? For Generation Z (born between 1996 to 2014), they’ve always grown up being connected. They have no idea the pain of the screeches, squawks and slowness of the dial-up days. They’ve never […] Read More

There are people who have devoted serious careers to the study of humor, and many, if not most, are not very funny. They are like me–they are not the life of the party, but they love to laugh. They are also interested in the psychology, sociology and physiology of the humorous event. Writing about humor […] Read More

Christian Aid has launched a new movement to encourage and inspire young people to come together to tackle injustice. The Christian Aid Collective will bring together young people from across the United Kingdom to wrestle with the big issues surrounding global poverty and work together to do something about it. A new website has launched […] Read More

Since My Youth

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on October 14, 2012. Psalm 90:12-17; Mark 10:17-31 We, you and I, may have more in common with the man in our story from Mark’s gospel than anyone else in all of scripture. You may never have thought of that, but […] Read More

A recentcolumn on the surge of churches calling pastors in their fifth decade evoked a wide range of responses. Many came from midcareer clergy who offered a hearty “Amen” and were grateful for the news that their sense of entering the prime time of their career was being confirmed by more and more congregations. Not […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) It’s hard enough to get young people out of bed and into the pews on a Sunday morning, but two leading black seminaries think they have found a way to grab the next generation: hip-hop. “If we’re going to take young people seriously, we have no choice,” said Alton B. Pollard III, dean […] Read More

(RNS) Don’t look for children’s Sunday school classes at Ridgewood Church in Port Arthur, Texas. And forget about scavenger hunts and water park trips: the youth ministry is no more. Sound like a dying church? No, it’s a family-integrated congregation, whose leaders wanted parents—rather than Sunday school teachers and youth ministers—to spiritually train their children. […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI lamented the “superficiality, consumerism and hedonism” of contemporary society on Thursday (Aug. 18), while offering a message of Christian hope to young Catholic pilgrims gathered in Madrid. Benedict made his remarks upon landing at the Madrid airport for the start of a four-day visit, during which he will take […] Read More