How long could you go without your phone? Less than an hour? We are talking more about the digital nemesis that the majority of us have accepted into our lives, the smartphone. In today's episode, we hear from high school students about their attachment to this device. We also provide suggested guidelines for youth ministry when it pertains to phone use. Has the phone caused us to be more disengaging when youth ministry is mainly about building relationships? How can we engage with technology and redeemed it without it being a distraction?
Are we going in the right direction as a country? What do students think? Today we’re talking about what students say are the most important issues facing America. Issues that include terrorism, race relations, sexual identity, and abortion. Are students better off spiritually today than 20 years ago? In today's episode, we discuss these issues and our perspective on the direction of this country.
Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer interview Charlie Alcock, a youth ministry professor at Indiana Wesleyan University. Charlie has been a youth leader/youth pastor for 28 years and now raises up the next generation of youth leaders who sense God's call into ministry. We discuss many aspects of students' life, but more specifically the time period after they graduate. As much as students want to do great things and change the world, can we teach them that extraordinary acts of God start with everyday acts of obedience?
It seems more and more that students are growing up too fast in our society. But something else has been trending, these kids aren’t growing up. And no matter who you are, parent, youth worker, etc., you need to be aware of this trend. This trend continues to change our society as we know it. This episode revolves around students' thoughts on the future and their plans post-high school. Is it possible to have an optimistic outlook on something yet worry so much about it? How do we provide assistance in the long drawn out transition from adolescence to adulthood?
What is the most influential environment in society? Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer interview Chuck Klein, not to be mistaken for the professional baseball player. Chuck is the Director of Campus Alliance, a coalition of over 60 ministries and denominations coming together to see an impact happen on every one of the 67,000 school campuses across the United States. We discuss this small window of opportunity and how to best leverage this age group before they graduate high school and disperse into thousands of directions.
Based on our research of nearly 3000 students from around the country, students shared what the toughest thing is about being a Christian at school. Students deal with the fear of what others think, fear of offending people with their beliefs, but that was not their top answer, where 45% of students said the same thing. In this episode, we take a closer look at the school environment, how we can help students stand for the truth and navigate their faith on their school campus, and how prayer can be a catalyst for change. For more information, go to claimyourcampus.com.
Welcome to Season Two of the Thought Factory Podcast! In today's episode, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discusses the topic of fear in students' lives. Fear surrounds us and our culture is driven by fear. There is a lot of money in fear. And some fears are real and justified. But fear can also be apparent and rampant in the minds of the students who are a part of the body of Christ. We discuss where students experience the most fear, how often they experience feelings of fear, and what they fear the most. Are we helping students understand fear and how to grow in faith by confronting fear? Are we taking the time to explain to students the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives when we are faced with any type of fear?
This episode is a live recording of an event that our organization did on December 1, 2016, called “Generations.” Many of you have joined our listening audience, and if you are interested in the background of our sponsoring organization, Never The Same, you can listen in and hear our miraculous story. We are a national youth ministry organization that just celebrated our 7 year anniversary. What you will hear on this episode is our past, present, and future where Jeff Eckart, the founder, will share some stories of what God has done and where God is leading us into the future. Find out more about our organization at NeverTheSame.org.
Does Star Wars matter to students? Do they even care about something that started nearly 40 years ago? In a world that is so splintered, how does something that has crossed the generational lines have an impact on students today? Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss Star Wars' staying power that has shaped student culture. They also interview a founder of TheForce.net, one of the most popular Star Wars fan website, Josh Griffin.
Social media can be a guessing game when it comes to parents and their children's use or youth worker and their students in a ministry context. At times it can feel like we are at battle with each other, taking shots from opposing sides instead of playing this game alongside each other. Guidelines only assist us so we can all be better together. We want to provide guidelines and suggestions, but parents and youth workers should also ask the question - do these guidelines apply to me as well? - before immediately applying them to our students and kids.