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Strong student ministry in-between student pastors

Most teenagers experienced a learning deficit during the COVID lockdown of 2020. Many educators believe they will never overcome that deficit. Similarly, could teenagers experience a spiritual deficit when their churches go for many months with no student pastor?

The charge every senior pastor and student pastor needs to hear

In many ways, the future of our churches depends on our reaching, discipling, and mobilizing a young generation. I am not despondent. If pastors and churches make some Spirit-directed and Spirit-empowered changes, we are going to see the graphs move in new directions.

FIRST-PERSON: Time for ‘radical reevaluation’ of youth ministry

After 50 years of working in and studying youth ministry, Richard Ross says a "radical reevaluation" is needed to foster a "mature, enduring faith" in teenagers.

FIRST-PERSON: Incomplete Easter sermons

Easter sermons are incomplete if they don't convey Christ's current reign, columnist Richard Ross says.

GCRTF VIEWPOINT: First draft has wineskins but not wine

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Baptist Press provides a helpful platform for discussion about the first draft of recommendations from the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. The civility and gracious spirit of all those who are providing comment there seems more Christ-like than much of the blogosphere. The goal of the GCR process was resurgence. Consider: What […]

FIRST-PERSON: The path to a missions resurgence

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Real men eat rare steaks cut from the grizzly bear they killed with a hunting knife.

Young people & the ’08 election

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--It's been fascinating to see a presidential candidate capture the loyalty of young people.

FIRST-PERSON: How much sex before the promise?

FORT WORTH, Texas. (BP)--Almost every Sunday morning I’m in a different pastor’s office. Often the ministers gather for prayer before I preach that morning.

FIRST-PERSON: Let’s send every Baptist student to serve on the mission field

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--I believe it is time for leaders to challenge every committed student to spend a summer, semester or year in full-time mission work while young.

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