Thought Factory Podcast
#1208 | School Climate Post Pandemic

#1208 | School Climate Post Pandemic

November 23, 2022

One of the areas of society that was affected the hardest during the pandemic was schools, teachers, and students.  The level of change they had to navigate was high just to keep things functioning.  Now, as many things are "back to normal," what effect has the pandemic had on the entire system and the most vulnerable, the students?  In today's episode, Geoff and Jayson discuss the changes inside schools post-pandemic with a public school teacher, Jeff Henderson.

#1207 | The Good News About Student Dropout Rates of the Church

#1207 | The Good News About Student Dropout Rates of the Church

November 16, 2022

Are young people leaving the church in droves? Are we losing the next generation when they graduate from our Youth Ministry because it's only about having fun and eating pizza?  What we have believed for so many decades about the high dropout rate of students from the Church and about them leaving the Christian faith altogether after they graduate is false. Yes, false. It is significantly better than we have thought for so long.  In today's episode, Geoff and Jayson have a conversation with Liberty University professor Derik Idol, who has done extensive research on this topic and his findings are eye-opening.

Derik's research, An Assessment of Dropout Rates of Former Student Ministry Participants, can be found here: https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/doctoral/3428/

 

#1206 | Reentry Into Youth Ministry in a Different World

#1206 | Reentry Into Youth Ministry in a Different World

November 9, 2022

For those who have been in Youth Ministry before Covid, we know things have changed since the pandemic.  We live in a different world now.  Youth Ministry is different.  Being Youth Pastors before stepping into the non-profit world, Jayson Brewer and Kyle Wood recently reentered the local church Youth Ministry together after being away for many years.  In this episode, they recount some of the things they were very surprised by and discuss some differences between a pre-Covid to a post-Covid world in Youth Ministry.  

#1205 | Students Speak Out About THE BIBLE

#1205 | Students Speak Out About THE BIBLE

November 2, 2022

There is an overload of messages coming to students about who they should be, what they should think and believe, and what they should value in this world.  The majority of those messages go against the truth found in the Bible.  When we have competing worldviews, how do we get students to decipher the true messages of God?  In today's episode, Geoff and Jayson, along with guest host Becca Ebenhoch, discuss what students believe about the Bible and how that impacts our ministries with students.

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#1204 | Students Speak Out About SEXUALITY

#1204 | Students Speak Out About SEXUALITY

October 26, 2022

What do students know about sex?  Probably more than we care to believe or admit.  The topic of sexuality is no longer just an adult topic but is influencing students of all ages.  Want to know what students think about the number of genders?  In today’s episode, we hear from students directly about what they believe regarding sexuality and share thoughts about where the Church can step up.

Resource mentioned in this episode:

The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender
https://www.centerforfaith.com/

#1203 | Students Speak Out About FAITH

#1203 | Students Speak Out About FAITH

October 19, 2022

If a student claims to be a Christian, should the Christian faith be important to them? What about the church or youth group? Has church become irrelevant in their life?  Who has the most influence in an adolescent’s life?  These are the questions Geoff, Jayson, and special guest host, Becca Ebenhoch, will be discussing to unpack the responses from students on the topics of faith and church.

Becca's email: becca@neverthesame.org

#1202 | Students Speak Out About SCHOOL

#1202 | Students Speak Out About SCHOOL

October 12, 2022

School board meetings have gotten more press these days.  Parents appear to be more engaged in what is being taught and what is happening in the schools of their children. We know what adults are saying, but the voice that has gotten lost in the conversation has been students. In this episode, hosts Geoff and Jayson discuss data from students' responses regarding their school atmosphere.  We hear from the students themselves what they think and feel about school. 

#1201 | Students Speak Out About COVID

#1201 | Students Speak Out About COVID

October 5, 2022

Would you like to know what students think about Covid, the fear it has exposed, its impact on their life, and the impact on their view of the world?  In today's episode, hosts Geoff Eckart and Jayson Brewer are not going to guess what they think but hear directly from students themselves through the extensive research done this past summer.  What you will hear in this episode will change your understanding and give valuable insight into this generation on the topic of Covid and fear.

#1107 | Am I Committed To Godly Sexuality? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

#1107 | Am I Committed To Godly Sexuality? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

March 10, 2022

Part 6/6 This episode concludes the mini-series on the six foundational questions students must answer.  All the previous questions culminate to this point, so if you have not listened to the previous five episodes, we encourage you to go and do so.  In this episode, Michelle Rewa discusses the topic of homosexuality and transgender as it relates to our relationship with God and how He is calling us to live.  Regardless of how you approach this topic, it is a sensitive one and emotions rise.  Just ask yourself, just because I feel it, does it make it true?  Does the Bible say it is wrong?

 

*Audio previously recorded at NTS Camp on July 15, 2021.

#1106 | If God Is So Good, Why Is My World So Bad? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

#1106 | If God Is So Good, Why Is My World So Bad? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

March 3, 2022

Part 5/6  This is a major question that many people, including students, are asking as they see the world around them.  This is also the biggest obstacle for people as they evaluate faith.  This moves the foundational questions beyond truth and Jesus, into discussing the existence and problem of evil.  Michelle Rewa helps us understand that God is still good but there is a reason for the evil in the world.  If God is good and cares about us, then why are there so many people suffering?  

Link to the video referenced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-suvkwNYSQo

 

*Audio previously recorded at NTS Camp on July 15, 2021.

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