The Economics of Preaching

click image to see full size Have you ever thought about the economics of preaching? Probably not.  If you were to take a moment to think about the value we ascribe to the action of preaching in the American church, you may start to wonder if we’ve overvalued it. Think about it from an organizational…… Continue reading The Economics of Preaching

Teenagers are Desperate for Good News

One reason youth ministry is flatlining is crappy theology. Kara Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute, was recently interviewed by Relevant Magazine about the present reality that youth ministry presents a faith students easily walk away from in college. She was asked, “Do you think there are any misunderstandings or misconceptions that contribute to young adults leaving the…… Continue reading Teenagers are Desperate for Good News

To go deep, you have to go wide

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how our students so quickly dispatch their faith in early adulthood. As I’ve read Sticky Faith, Almost Christian, Christians Smith’s research, and played host to the Extended Adolescence Symposium last week I’ve been taking it all in and trying to figure out “why.” Why is it that so…… Continue reading To go deep, you have to go wide