All posts from “youth”

Safety Awareness: Building the Right Team

April 24, 2014 8:00 AM

With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. Today we discuss the all-important ministry issue of safety awareness. If you missed the last three weeks' blog posts on the top concerns...

Safety Training: It's More Than a Manual

April 17, 2014 8:00 AM

With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. Today we discuss the important—and sometimes overlooked—issue of safety training in churches. (If you missed the last two blog posts on the top...

Does Your Youth Ministry Have a Communication Policy?

April 10, 2014 8:00 AM

With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. This time around participants talked about concerns and policies related to how youth leaders communicate with their students. (If you missed last...

Social Media and Youth Ministry in the Post-Facebook Era

April 3, 2014 8:00 AM

Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Group conducted a roundtable concerning the findings from our recent survey, "Youth Ministry in America," conducted with Brotherhood Mutual. The participants of the roundtable included pastors, volunteers, and other church-staff leaders. We'll break...

18-Year-Old Worship Leader Accused of Sexual Assault

February 27, 2014 8:00 AM

Last week, an 18-year-old volunteer worship leader was accused of sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls, on separate occasions, while driving them home from their church's youth ministry, according to a Daily Herald report. He was arrested, and his bond...

Youth Ministry Survey Reveals Communication Breakdown

February 11, 2014 8:00 AM

Christianity Today and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company have released findings of a joint research project—Youth Ministry in America. The study, based on responses from more than 800 youth ministry leaders across the United States, highlights key findings on the...

5 Risk Management Trends Worth Watching in 2014

February 4, 2014 8:00 AM

I recently presented for a webinar featuring multiple speakers from megachurches, ministries, and companies. The event, organized by Peter Persuitti with Arthur J. Gallagher and other individuals in business and ministry, primarily pursued one goal: To identify risk management...

How Safe is Your Church's Youth Ministry?

October 7, 2013 8:00 AM

As a parent, I was particularly struck by this passage from Richard Hammar's Essential Guide to Youth Ministry Safety: Middle school- to high school-aged students are inexperienced and vulnerable when it comes to physical and emotional boundaries. This can...

Addressing Transportation Risks with Youth Groups

June 4, 2013 8:00 AM

This video, the third in a series by Richard Hammar on six legal risks for church youth pastors, describes the threats of distracted driving, the use of inexperienced drivers, and the legal liabilities churches may assume by not fully knowing...

Q&A: Should the Church's Payroll Include Youth Providing Childcare?

May 30, 2013 8:00 AM

Q: When we have youth from our high school youth group do childcare for church events, do they need to be put on the payroll? In the past we have just paid them from the ministry fund they are...

Transgender Activities in Churches

March 7, 2013 8:00 AM

A news story involving a Colorado family's battle with a school district has garnered national attention after a school in the district said the family's six-year-old boy, who believes he is a girl, can use a clinic bathroom or a...

Risqué Texts are a Legal Risk for Youth Ministers

February 7, 2013 8:00 AM

This video, the first in a series by Richard Hammar on six legal risks for church youth pastors, describes a new concern for churches: Recent cases of youth ministers "sexting" with youth group members. View this entire video series on...

Getting Pushy on the Online Playground

October 23, 2012 8:00 AM

“Bullying” and “cyberbullying” are not legal terms, but umbrella phrases that cover a variety of behaviors. As such, there are a range of uses for the terms. Church leaders must know and understand them, particularly in the context of...

Report: Penn State Sex Abuse Allegations Arose in 1998

July 12, 2012 3:13 PM

Joe Paterno and other key Penn State officials knew about sex abuse allegations as early as 1998, but actively hushed concerns in fear of repercussions, according to a special investigative team’s report released today. The sweeping independent report notes that...

Weighing Outreach to Sex Offenders

February 22, 2012 3:11 PM

Churches and ministries that interact with sex offenders face numerous challenges, as our national research in 2010 revealed. A recent case in Florida involving Matthew 25 Ministries, an organization devoted to working with sex offenders, underscores the complex nature of...

How One Church Responded to a Sex Offender

October 28, 2010 8:00 AM

Last month, we highlighted Sex Offenders in the Pews, Marian Liautaud's article in Christianity Today that is based largely on research we conducted earlier this year. This week, Leadership Journal, another one of our sister publications, published "Sex Offenders: Coming...

Determining Which Ministry Gets What

September 30, 2010 10:45 AM

"Pastor, we don't have a budget. We just do what the Lord leads us to do." These words were spoken to me soon after I agreed to be the preacher at a small rural congregation, which used seminary students...

Sex Offenders in the Pew

September 21, 2010 8:00 AM

In April 2010, Christianity Today International (CTI) conducted a national survey of 2,864 people, including ordained church leaders (15 percent), church staff (20 percent), lay members (43 percent), and other active Christians (22 percent). Respondents were drawn from the...

Can Finance People Be Ministry Minded?

September 14, 2010 8:00 AM

Why do committees so often act in a way that seems indifferent to and sometimes impedes ministry? The following practices may explain much of the problem: —People making financial decisions are removed from firsthand involvement in ministry. —People who are...

Arkansas Floods Provide a Sober Reminder about Safety Preparation

June 11, 2010 12:00 PM

Editor's Note: With floods hitting a campground in Arkansas today, killing at least 20 people and leaving dozens of others missing, we're pointing to two resources that church leaders can use to prepare for upcoming camps this summer. The...