4 Youth Culture Update
Antidepressants; TV profanity; Barna says some
churches push kids to leave church; does true love really wait?
7 Culture Watch
From Athens to Main Street: The Seven Steps of Engaging Culture
10 Middle School Ministry
Gut Check: Can I Say Farewell to Middle Schoolers?
11 Soul Care with It?
Caught Between Two Theologies Many Leaders Preach Grace but Live Judgment
By Larry Magnuson
12 Worldview Snapshot of Youth Ministry in Israel and Palestine
By Jon Huckins
14 Managing Your Ministry: Engaging the Quiet Kids in God’s Word
By Syler Thomas
15 10 Minutes in God’s Word: New Year’s De-Cluttering with Colossians
by Barry Shafer
27 Higher Love:
The YWJ Roundtable on Loving God
What does it mean to love God, and how can youth workers help kids do it? We asked Mark Matlock, Lilly Lewin, Neely McQueen and Fred Edie.
By Jennifer Bradbury
30 Small Groups, Big Impacts
The Power of Studying God’s Word Together in Small Groups
By Kelly Soifer
33 God Loved Us First A Group Study on John 3:16
By Les Christie and David P. Nystrom
34 From Control to Communication
God Desires Our Love and Companionship
By Skye Jethani
38 Loving God in Your Own Language
A Group Study Using Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages of Teenagers By Kimberly Davidson
40 Worship Like You Mean It:
Revisiting the YWJ lnterviee with Robert Webber and
42 Owning It: Helping Kids Experience Love for God and Neighbors
By Nate Stratman
44 Confessions of a Former Spiritual Abuser
Do well-meaning youth pastors with good intention abuse their kids?
By Don Perini
Our reviewers pick
2011’s “Best of the Best,” Mark DeVries and Jeff Dunn-Rankin on The Indispensable Youth Pastor, new books
by Chuck Bomar and Group’s Rick Lawrence.
56 Stirring It Up
What’s Love Got to Do with It
by Marv Penner