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What does the future of schools look like? How can we leverage the school campus to create radical change in the culture of this country? In this episode, we discuss some very exciting future plans for the student-led prayer movement, Claim Your Campus, which we believe can usher in that change. Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer also interview a former high school teacher who has become the CYC Growth Strategist to assist in fulfilling God's dream that was given to Jeff for this generation. Learn more at claimyourcampus.com/cyc2020
***BIG ANNOUNCEMENT EPISODE***
God has been kicked out of America's public school system. We have seen the results of His absence. Unfortunately, no policy in place will eradicate the symptoms of hate, but only a change in a person's heart. What would happen if students invited God back in through student-led prayer? In today's episode, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer interview a national touring hip-hop artist and of Oxen Apparel, George Moss, who has gained access into schools through his performances and speaking opportunities, which has given him an inside view of what students face at school. We also hear a story from a public high school principal who has seen radical change through student-led prayer at his school.
It may be difficult to understand what happens in the hallways and classrooms of schools, or even what happens between friends and classmates behind the doors of a school campus. Today’s episode is brought to you from the student perspective. You will hear about the current culture at a variety of schools around the country and how a student's faith is making a difference in these schools.
The things that happen behind the closed doors of the school campus goes beyond just math problems & adolescent crushes – there are deeper issues that only teachers know about when they are with students the majority of the day. Today, Jayson Brewer has a conversation with Jeff Henderson, a middle school teacher in the public school system who lives out his Christian faith in his classroom, and how that faith has brought upon attacks to him and his entire school district.
In this episode, we continue giving students survival skills to help them forge their digital footprint through the world they live in. The internet is more of a reflection of who we are than what we say we are. How we navigate technology gives us insight into our heart because every click makes a mark, what is called Internet Permanence, even if we delete our history, the Internet never forgets. How can we help students understand this concept and give them tools to succeed in navigating this digital world?
In the wake of the horrific and tragic school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer talk to Joshua Liggins, a teacher at Coral Springs Middle School. Coral Springs Middle is a feeder school into Douglas High, located down the road from where the shooting occurred. Josh gives his account from the day as the code red was given and his classroom's response to the news of the tragedy, as well as his response to the news of a former student attending Douglas High. It is a response of faith amongst the tragedy. Our prayers go out to the families of the victims, the community of Parkland, and for healing to the countless lives that were shattered on February 14, 2018.
Students' social status is a major part of their lives. Their appearance, their branding, their amount of likes and re-tweets become the elements of a transaction in regards to their interaction with others. Just like we place value on a currency, students place value on their social standing. In an attempt to get students to understand and realize that they are greater than their likes, we blend science and research to the digital life of a student to help them navigate the technological world.
We cannot go through a day without the digital world impacting our existence. If students don’t have the survival skills of navigating the digital life, they won’t survive in this modern world. We are evaluating how students interact with technology and how to help them learn these digital survival skills in the next few episodes. In today's episode, we discuss screen science with an interview with Protect Young Eyes founder, Chris McKenna, as well as discussing areas where digital technology is shaping students’ world & relationships.
The conversation continues about students sharing their faith with others. In this episode, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss the importance of clarity when it comes to what we believe. They share a simple method that allows anyone to remember how to share and to be confident in sharing the gospel. It is called THE FOUR, and Jayson has a conversation with the founder, Andreas "Boppi" Boppart, about its use in Switzerland and throughout Europe.
Do students find it offensive to talk about Jesus? Is evangelism dead? Is this generation of students too afraid to share their faith with others? Do they even care? It appears we are in the middle of a pendulum swing between two extremes. The tactics used in the past may have been birthed out of fear and guilt, causing people to simply be saved from Hell, but not for the life God grants us. It was based on a confrontational approach using words only. Has the pendulum swung so far to the other extreme that we now have removed the words, essentially the gospel, completely from our approach and only rely on our actions? In this episode, we explore students' thoughts on sharing their faith and where we are going in regards to the state of evangelism in youth ministry.