Thought Factory Podcast
#811 || The Return of the Lord Boards

#811 || The Return of the Lord Boards

March 31, 2020

Jesus' disciples got to witness Jesus ascend into the skies and into Heaven.  Jesus claimed He would return again one day.  The disciples believed this to be true and anticipated Jesus' returning very soon.  This return was what motivated them to spread the gospel to all nations.  Fast forward 2000 years and the Church is still waiting for Christ to return to Earth, but do we approach each day with the same eagerness and anticipation as the disciples had?  In today's episode, Jeff and Jayson are joined with Dave Butts, Chairman of the National Prayer Committee, who is also on the board of the National Day of Prayer.  Dave discusses the importance of keeping the perspective of Christ's near return centered in the Gospel message and how it is vital in our Christian walk.

#810 || The Most Urgent Need Youth Workers are Unaware of in the Church

#810 || The Most Urgent Need Youth Workers are Unaware of in the Church

March 26, 2020

If you were to take a minute to think of the greatest issue in the Church, what would come to mind for you? Hypocrisy, greed, division, sexual immorality, biblical illiteracy...?  We all have our thoughts and opinions of what major issues face the Church today.  But there may be an even deeper issue that no one is thinking of nor talking about.  This issue is holding the Church back from its full potential.  In today's episode, Jeff and Jayson are joined with Dave Butts, Chairman of the National Prayer Committee, who is also on the National Day of Prayer Board. He discusses what he thinks is the greatest issue in the Church today.  And no, it is not the lack of prayer.

*Episode Originally Recorded on 1.17.2020 (before the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States)

#809 || Six Strategic Steps Toward Engaging the School Campus

#809 || Six Strategic Steps Toward Engaging the School Campus

March 17, 2020

The school campus is a focal point in society and is present in any community.  Students occupy a school building over 6,000 hours of their life between 6th and 12th grade.  If they attend our youth ministry, they occupy our church buildings around 300 hours in that same span of time.  And that number is declining.  Today's discussion is centered around the school campus as we ask the question, “Where are the students in our churches?”  So what do we do about it? Go where the students are.  Jeff and Jayson discuss six ways to engage the school campus.

#808 || The Next Wave of Youth Ministry in America

#808 || The Next Wave of Youth Ministry in America

March 10, 2020

Several years ago a question emerged amongst the youth ministry community that we’ve been debating ever since. ”Why are so many students leaving the church after they graduate high school?” For those involved in local and national youth ministry know that’s an old question.  Now the question has morphed to be, “Where are the students in our churches?”  Are we in a crisis with the next generation disappearing from our faith communities and congregations? Some would say yes. Today, Jeff and Jayson discuss a growing trend in how we can reach the next generation. 

#807 || Jeff and Jayson’s Common Core of Student Behavior

#807 || Jeff and Jayson’s Common Core of Student Behavior

March 3, 2020

Common Core is a set of standards that the educational system uses for teaching and testing English and mathematics between kindergarten and 12th grade.  This is what teachers not only teach, but what they want students to know by the time they graduate.  If youth ministries had a "common core" of behaviors that we would want our students to have when they graduate from our ministry, what would they be?  What is that standard that we should set or aim for based on the Christian faith?  In this episode, Jeff and Jayson created their own list of 10 behaviors they think an ideal student, hypothetically, should have after they leave the influence of our ministry.

#806 || Student Behavior From Their Point of View

#806 || Student Behavior From Their Point of View

February 25, 2020

Students have a lot of say in cultural trends.  What they decide to participate in, listen to, watch, wear, or what they choose to do, tend to become a popular aspect of culture.  When students are faced with decisions regarding how they dress, what they listen to or watch, and how they use social media, does their faith influence their behaviors?  How much is faith a factor in the decisions that students make regarding their friendships and romantic relationships?  In this episode, the discussion is centered around whether or not students are making behavioral decisions based on the values of their Christian faith.

#805 || Has Evangelism Become Taboo in Youth Ministry?

#805 || Has Evangelism Become Taboo in Youth Ministry?

February 18, 2020

Sharing our faith can be challenging, regardless of age.  How do you naturally turn any conversation toward talking about God or following Jesus?  Has it become too taboo to be so focused on evangelism as a youth ministry?  What is more important, simply be a good example of the gospel or share the good news verbally? When it comes to evangelism or sharing our faith, is it necessary to use words or can we avoid them altogether?  In today's episode, Jeff and Jayson discuss the current state of evangelism and how we may be doing it all wrong. They are joined with Dare 2 Share's President Debbie Bresina to discuss this topic further.

 

#804 || A Lesson from Patrick Mahomes About Sharing Your Faith

#804 || A Lesson from Patrick Mahomes About Sharing Your Faith

February 11, 2020

We know the Kansas City Chiefs not only made it to the Super Bowl, but won the championship game.  Patrick Mahomes can now fulfill a dream of going to Disney World after winning it all.  But, before even getting to that point, they found themselves down 24-0 to the Houston Texans in the game before.  At that moment, Mahomes did something to change things around and exhibited a lesson we can learn from when it comes to evangelism and sharing our faith.

There are many reasons why people don't share their faith, whether it is fear, don't know how, or thinking their life is not perfect.  Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss the one thing that needs to be present to be effective when it comes to sharing our faith, as well as, looking at whether students think it is offensive to share their faith with people of other religions.

#803 || A Campus and a Nation Changed Through Her Commitment to Pray | Jeannine Brabon Shares the Story Behind the Asbury Revival

#803 || A Campus and a Nation Changed Through Her Commitment to Pray | Jeannine Brabon Shares the Story Behind the Asbury Revival

February 3, 2020

Revival broke out on the campus of Asbury College on February 3rd, 1970, which went for 185 hours, it spread to other schools, and revival broke out in other areas across the nation.  It has been 50 years since that day and we speak to one former student who was the epicenter of that movement.  Jeannine Carol Brabon committed herself to pray and was pleading to God for 3 years to bring revival on her college campus.  She sensed it was going to happen.  Then God did just that, He showed up.  Jeannine shares her story of what was happening years before and what can happen when we decide to seek to be in a right relationship with God.

#802 || Screen Time | Measuring Digital Nutrition

#802 || Screen Time | Measuring Digital Nutrition

January 28, 2020

"Screen time" has become another thing we measure.  We are all spending time on our dopamine-inducing devices, but how much is too much?  We receive the notification, compare our numbers from week to week, and then wonder how we've wasted so much time looking at our phones. In this episode, we discuss whether or not managing screen time is worth the fight with a child, what daily dosage is considered a healthy amount for an adolescent, and what students are spending their screen time on while at school. We've read the data, we've heard the reports, and listened to the experts, is there a case for banning internet-ready devices from the classroom and from the bedroom?  Founder of Protect Young Eyes, Chris McKenna, joins the show to provide insight in the ever changing landscape of the online world.