What Seniors REALLY Need From You Right Now – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Today someone from my daughter’s school came out to our house and planted a sign in our yard celebrating her as a 2020 graduate. She’s just finished her senior year of high school, and after a lot of hard work she’ll graduate as valedictorian of her class. Her guidance counselor called and asked if we might take a picture of her with the sign to share on the school’s website and social media. I went to her bedroom to ask…

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Rooted Recommends: Mother to Son, Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Written as “a testament of a mother’s love for her son and of a sister’s love for the body of Christ,” Mother to Son: Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope is a book the church needs now. Jasmine L. Holmes, daughter of well- known Baptist preacher Voddie Baucham, is wife to Phillip Holmes and mother to two sons, Wynn and Langston. A gifted writer, Holmes is also a middle-school humanities teacher in Mississippi. Sharing a series of…

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For Youth Workers and Parents: Top Ten Plus, the Pandemic Edition – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Welcome to a special edition of the Rooted Top Ten! Each month we publish two versions of the Rooted Top Ten- one for youth pastors and one for parents – and each of these posts lists ten articles from across the web for the Rooted community. This month we’re doing things a little differently (because what isn’t different these days?). In the Top Ten Plus we combine articles that we hope will encourage and inform everyone who ministers to teens,…

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Is Lockdown Releasing Your Family to Practice Family Worship? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We have all complained that we don’t have enough time for family devotions with our children. Parents, ask yourself this: how can you make the most of this time?  I’ve found that many Christ-following parents simply aren’t sure how to disciple their children. We approach the responsibility of parenting with fear and trembling and with good reason! We’re scared. We don’t know how.  As parents, we worry about talking too much about Christ and pushing our children away from Him.…

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Renewing Your Faith in a Pandemic – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As our national quarantine enters its sixth week, most of us have settled into a routine of sorts. We find ourselves working from home and homeschooling our kids at the same time. Some of us have arranged quarantine birthday parties with party guests driving by and delivering their well wishes. We may have learned a new skill such as bread baking or setting up Zoom meetings. We’ve worshipped in pajamas with bed heads and fuzzy slippers. Even though the uncertainty…

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The legacy of a faithful servant – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Twenty-five years ago today, the Lord honored my dad with a pretty remarkable sendoff. My father was raised in a Catholic home, but had a “born again” experience when I was a freshman in high school. He became a passionate student of the Bible, and for many years helped lead the Christian Businessmen’s Bible Study in our hometown of Boardman, Ohio together with Dr. Charles McGowan, his personal physician who had been instrumental in leading him to Christ. He served…

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Five Ways Parents Can Stay Sane During the Corona-Crisis – Youth Ministry Christian Article

In the Corona-Crisis, many parents have encountered the most challenging season of their parenting lives. The economic and healthcare uncertainties have created fear. Normal sources of childcare, like school and daycare, have gone away, leaving parents scrambling to find a way to work and care for their children. Everyone’s schedule has been dismantled. Furthermore, by proper rule, people must distance themselves from others, creating a great deal of loneliness.  The confluence of stress, disorder, isolation, and fear creates a potentially…

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God’s Sovereignty and Your Family’s Suffering – Youth Ministry Christian Article

The increasing media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and the interruptions this virus has caused have largely taken the world by surprise. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father is not surprised by these global events. Scripture is clear that He is at work – and that He is offering our families a powerful opportunity. The Sovereignty of God in the COVID-19 Pandemic  “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made…

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A Letter to Parents – YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Hey parents, Thank you for the way you’ve reached out and supported what we’re trying to do to stay connected with your students and families during this season. As a parent of teenagers, I understand the responsibility you feel to take care of your family… I’m so thankful for those of you who’ve reached out to me (and I know many others) checking on us, offering to help, and supporting us. You’re setting a great example for your kids. We’ve…

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The Window for Our Children – JIM MARTIN – Christian Article

The window is getting smaller. I thought about this as I watched our grandson, Brody, play basketball on Saturday. He will be in the fourth grade this calendar year. That is only nine years away from high school graduation. 9 Years! Nine years before he finishes high school. That is really not much — at all. If it sounds like a lot of time, you might ask the parents of this year’s high school graduating class (2020). Many of them…

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Helping Our Kids Through Grief and Disappointment Caused by COVID-19 – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Two weeks ago my college senior sat through her last college class ever. Only she didn’t know it at the time. Like college students across the United States, she learned that because of COVID-19 her university was moving all courses to an online format for the remainder of the semester. The thought of no more 8 am classes, a three-hour lab, or a boring professor’s lectures may have been welcome news for some students. But like many others, my daughter…

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Seven ways to support kids with anxiety about the coronavirus – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  We’re busy preparing for a different type of epidemic in our practice than the one our pediatric hospitals are readying themselves for. Talk and preparation for the coronavirus will very likely exacerbate anxiety symptoms for many of the children we’re treating, and precipitate anxiety in kids predisposed to anxiety who have never before exhibited symptoms. What can parents do to support the mental health of their kids amidst talk of the coronavirus in the weeks and months ahead? Here are…

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Stories of Grace: No Longer a Good Girl – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As we count down to our 10th anniversary conference, we’ll be featuring stories of grace on our blog. This series is a very personal one to those of us who have been with Rooted for a while. Our journey as a ministry is only one that can be understood through hunger for the Gospel and the generosity of God with his beautiful grace. It’s the story of unlikely travelers embarking on an unknown journey filled with many triumphs and failures…

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HTH: Black History Recommendations – Rooted Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

This outstanding resources list — including books, films, and a soundtrack!– from The Witness will help families engage with their children during Black History Month and beyond: Here’s a list of Black History recommendations that will take more than a month to engage. There are resources listed for adults, high schoolers, middle schoolers, and elementary school students. There is also a Black History soundtrack that lyrically roots this learning in lament, resilience, resistance, pride, and celebration because our history (and…

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The Art of Communicating with Your Teen – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Do you remember those first early weeks with your newborn—when you were trying to understand what each and every cry meant? Does she need a diaper change? Is he too hot? Bored? Tired? Sick? Eventually you got it down and figured out more than just what your baby’s cries meant. You also knew that when she rubbed at her face a certain way it was time for a nap or that when he needed a fresh diaper his faced turned…

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Talk to Your Kids about Failure – and Share Stories from Your Life – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan Every February, parents email me about an article I once wrote about a disappointment I had in college. Each time, their college child has just tried out to be a university ambassador, and – like me – failed to make the cut. They hope my article will encourage them and meet them in their heartache. It thrills me to…

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The Single Word That Saved Me—and My Teens— From Jealousy and Comparison – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One summer day in late July, I learned something about Jesus that changed nearly everything about me and my family, including my two teen daughters. I read in the book of Ephesians a single word that saved us from the jealousy and comparison that poisoned our lives. I was the mom crying in a church bathroom out of jealousy when another mom shared about her lavish tropical vacation plans with her popular and well-dressed children. I considered our thrift-store wardrobe,…

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Beware of New Year’s Resolutions – Youth Ministry Christian Article

by Jamie Roach What do you hope for your children in 2020? If you could wave a magic wand and your children would grow or improve in one area of their lives, how would you want them to be different? Perhaps you wish they would be more kind to their siblings or more respectful to their parents? Or maybe you think it would be great if they started a new habit of picking up after themselves or always saying, “please”…

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Fish Fry: Breakfast With Jesus Changes Our Focus – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I am intrigued with stories from Everest and other great expeditions that seem to defy human ability and logic. The tragic stories always involve someone getting so focused on the summit or the next camp that they lose sight of their key metrics, whether that be a certain time limit, the way their body is responding abnormally, or the quick shift in weather patterns. Life finds some through a rescue mission. Death finds the others. For those that live, we…

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Rooted’s Most Read 2019: Dear Parent of a High School Senior – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Happy New Year! Over the course of the next eight days we will be counting down the eight most-read articles from 2019. We hope you enjoy reviewing the posts that resonated with our readers; for a list of the top fifteen check out our newsletter here.  The weird thing is now I’m exactly where I want to be. I’ve got my dream job at Cornell, and I’m still just thinking about my old pals. Only now they’re the ones I made…

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4 ‘Suggestions’ From Your Ministry Drill Sergeant – Youth Ministry Christian Article

For many years the longtime column I wrote for GROUP Magazine was titled “The Youth Ministry Drill Sergeant”—I guess I have the sort of opinions that fit best in a boot-camp setting. Translation: I’m very direct when I have something to say. I think it’s because I have a complete lack of empathy and I like to yell a lot… So here’s my drill-sergeant take on some youth ministry hot topics as we look over the horizon into a new…

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Rooted’s Most Read 2019: The Gospel I Wish I’d Known in High School – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Happy New Year! Over the course of the next eight days we will be counting down the eight most-read articles from 2019. We hope you enjoy reviewing the posts that resonated with our readers; for a list of the top fifteen check out our newsletter here.  What were you like in high school? Were you the popular jock who never had trouble finding a date? Maybe you were the quiet academic who just wanted to get the best grades so you…

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Bible Drive-Thru: Family Matters – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 1 John 3:1-10 TO CHEW ON: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1 What is the stand-out thing about your family? Is it the way many of you look alike? Maybe it’s a special talent, like being a good athlete, actor or…

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Rooted 2019 Christmas Devotions for Students: Day Five – Youth Ministry Christian Article

The Only Remedy for Our Spiritual Sickness “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that bought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) It’s difficult to come to terms with the depth of our sin. The temptation is to make light of our daily struggles, and perhaps even believe the lie that we’re not actually terrible sinners, each of us in need of rescue. But…

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How to Completely DIS-Engage Parents from Your Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The obvious goal is to engage parents in your ministry. Sometimes, however, we do just the opposite. Sometimes we push them away, require things which are unrealistic, completely disregard their own circumstances…and a lot more. All this does is harm our ministry and actually work against what we are trying to accomplish. Here are a few ways I’ve experienced and observed parents being dis-engaged from ministry: I used to believe that you couldn’t communicate enough. Wrong! In our information saturated world,…

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