Thought Factory Podcast
#712 || Why Students Don’t Read the Bible

#712 || Why Students Don’t Read the Bible

December 10, 2019

There are three primary reasons why students don't read the Bible.  They either don't have time, they don't know where to start, or they don't know how it applies to their life.  In this episode, we continue the discussion on the topic of the Bible with Lindsey Gorveatte.  The discussion centers around what the number one reason is why students don't read the Bible.  Where is the trend going for the use of the Bible in our youth ministries?  What can we do as a solution to the challenges we face with students not reading the Bible?

#711 || What Students Say About the Bible

#711 || What Students Say About the Bible

December 3, 2019

Special guest Lindsey Gorveatte, Director of Bible Engagement, joins the Thought Factory Podcast to discuss what she sees in the landscape of youth ministry in regards to students' interest of the Bible.  We hear from students directly what they say about the Bible and how we could steer our ministries to utilize it more in our weekly programming.  Do we think students are reading the Bible because the adults in their life are telling them to or because of a more significant reason?

#710 || How to Get Students Connected

#710 || How to Get Students Connected

November 20, 2019

When it comes to passing down our faith from one generation to the next, how do we go about doing that?  Are students committed to the church as much as the previous generation? Does church commitment mean a faith commitment in a student’s life?  Today, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss the importance of connecting students to church and the youth group and how that can impact their faith later on in life.  How do we connect them now to church and faith and how do we connect them after they graduate?

#709 || Are Students Committed to the Church?

#709 || Are Students Committed to the Church?

November 13, 2019

Will this generation and the next be committed to attend church beyond just their youth group?  Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss students' commitment to the overall Church and their commitment to their youth group.  They look at both the student perspective and the adult perspective when it comes to church commitment in a student's life.  This episode dives into the numbers from the research Never The Same does about adolescence in the Church.

#708 || Sabbath | Direct Link to Stress & Anxiety

#708 || Sabbath | Direct Link to Stress & Anxiety

November 6, 2019

In a society that is so focused on accomplishing tasks, being productive, and is involved with several activities, it can be difficult to cease all these things to rest and relax one day a week, let alone teach this discipline to our students. Stress and anxiety is also prevalent in our culture.  Is there a direct link between the increase in anxiety and the lack of Sabbath? What does observing a Sabbath look like in a modern real life?  Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer continue the discussion on Sabbath, as well as, look at what students had to say about the practice of Sabbath in their homes and in their churches.

#707 || Sabbath | The Optional Commandment

#707 || Sabbath | The Optional Commandment

October 31, 2019

The Ten Commandments are set apart among all the laws of the Bible. Do not murder, do not steal or commit adultery, all these commands are pretty clear.  Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy, that one is optional, correct?  When it comes to God’s main commands for his people, have we lost the significance and importance of the Sabbath?  Do we approach this command as if God doesn’t mind us not following it or it's only for those extra spiritual people?  Maybe this is God’s prescription to stress and anxiety that we experience in our daily life.  Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer explore the history of Sabbath and the difference between work and rest.

#706 || The Epidemic of Adolescent Anxiety

#706 || The Epidemic of Adolescent Anxiety

October 23, 2019

Mental health is a very complex issue that is impacting the lives of adolescents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 youth has anxiety and 1 in 10 has depression.  Many of those who are invested in the lives of students may feel under-equipped to serve and help those struggling with anxiety.  In this episode, Jeff and Jayson discuss this epidemic and how we can best respond to those who struggle with it.

#705 || Pressures of Being an Adolescent

#705 || Pressures of Being an Adolescent

October 15, 2019

Students are under a lot of pressure.  The pressures of getting the top grades, the pressure to compete and succeed in sports, the pressure to fit in and be liked, the pressure of flawlessly managing a digital persona, the pressure of others’ expectations, the pressure to always make the right decision.  It feels like students must be perfect in all areas of their life, but who's putting that pressure on them?  All this pressure is stressful.  In today's episode, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss the stress adolescents experience and how adults can help them handle many of the stressors of today. 

#704 || EVENTS that Shaped Modern American Youth Ministry

#704 || EVENTS that Shaped Modern American Youth Ministry

October 9, 2019

We are looking back to people, places and things that have shaped the modern American youth ministry movement. Our special co-host was an eyewitness to all of these things. His name is Allen Weed, the founder and director of Interlinc. Allen continues to be a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker in the national scene of youth ministry as well as in music and media influencers. Today Jeff talks with Allen about the most influential events in youth ministry historically. 

#703 || MOVEMENTS that Shaped Modern American Youth Ministry

#703 || MOVEMENTS that Shaped Modern American Youth Ministry

October 1, 2019

We are looking back to people, places and things that have shaped the modern American youth ministry movement. Our special co-host was an eyewitness to all of these things. His name is Allen Weed, the founder and director of Interlinc. Allen continues to be a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker in the national scene of youth ministry as well as in music and media influencers. Today Jeff talks with Allen about the most influential movements in youth ministry historically.