Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

Post a Comment » Written on October 2nd, 2013     
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Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore…

And How 4 Acts of Love Will Make Your Church Irresistible



The book that will forever change the way you think about church.

The statistics are clear: The American church is in decline. People are leaving in astounding numbers, with no sign of a turnaround. And despite church leaders’ best efforts to stem the tide, more than 80 percent of people are finding something better to do on Sunday mornings.

Why? Is there hope for the future of the church?


In this groundbreaking new book, Thom and Joani Schultz expose the church practices that are driving people away and thwarting spiritual growth. Yet they also reveal what can bring them back—the four keys to reaching the “unchurched” and the “dechurched.”

The bad news? Your church is probably missing the mark when it comes to the core of Christianity. The good news? There’s hope. Lots of it. The truth may surprise you…but it can also transform your ministry into something truly irresistible.

Be a catalyst for radical change in the church by bringing this book to your ministry.


Join the conversation & learn more about the 4 Acts of Love.

CPYU’s Digital Kids Initiative

cpyulogoCPYU’s Digital Kids Initiative offers 4 seminars for parents, youth workers and educators to help understand the emerging world of media technologies and messages, how media is influencing and shaping kids and biblically faithful response strategies. These seminars are presented by CPYU President, Walt Mueller. Click here to read his bio.

Please click on the titles of the 4 seminars below to learn more about each one.

Born 2 B Wired

Hyper-Connected 24/7: Kids and Social Media

Growing Up In A Porn Is The Norm World

The Digital Brain: Understanding Technology’s Impact On Our Kids


Graduation Gift

Post a Comment » Written on April 17th, 2013     
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Do you have a student graduating soon? Are they ready for the world that awaits them?



Help your students transition well this year with Habitudes for the Journey and Habitudes: The Art of Self Leadership. 

This Habitudes combo is the perfect gift for any student “in transition” from high school or college into unknown territory.  Habitudes are images that form leadership habits and attitudes.  The images represent timeless principles that will guide the decisions of your graduate for years to come.

This book won’t sit on a coffee table… your students will actually read it.


Habitudes for the Journey: The Art of Transitions

This is a book of images that reminds a student of the lessons we all must learn as we travel the road of life. It’s for students in transition. The principles represent how we should think and act during key junctions of our life. It’s another installment in the series of books called, Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes.

This book is great for:

  • Freshmen students
  • Transfer students
  • Seniors preparing to graduate

The Art of Transitions cover the following topics:

  • Boundaries
  • Resilience
  • Values
  • Decision-making
  • Risk taking
  • Focus and goals…and more.

Habitudes Book #1: The Art of Self-Leadership

This book is ideal for college first-year experience programs, introductory leadership courses, and anyone who is just starting on their leadership journey.

Many schools are using this book to challenge their entire student body to become leaders and to nurture a thriving leadership culture on their campus and organization.

The Art of Self-Leadership covers the following topics:

  • Character
  • Balance
  • Time Management
  • Core Values
  • Mental Toughness
  • Discipline
  • Identity & Strengths
  • Integrity Checks
  • Commitment
  • Emotional Security
  • Personal Networks
  • Responsibility
  • Personal Growth

Target Age Range: 16-24 years old


Check out what the Covenant offers in Youth Leadership

Altar Ego Study Guide with DVD

Post a Comment » Written on April 3rd, 2013     
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Altar Ego Study Guide with DVD by Craig Groeschel – new discipleship small group study

In this six-session video series, Craig Groeschel looks at how you and your small group can let go of your own self-perceptions and see yourselves through the divine eyes of God. According to Groeschel, only when we embrace the perfect identity God has designed for each of us can we live to our full potential in Christ. Includes one Altar Ego DVD and Participant’s Guide.

Many people are obsessed with the approval of others. The problem is that living for what people think of you is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about you.

In Altar Ego, author Craig Groeschel shows individuals and small groups how to abandon self-worth based on accomplishments and possessions, turning instead to the eyes of God to define them. Participants will learn to expose false labels and selfish motives as the roadblocks they are, going instead to the altar of GodÆs truth and pursuing the higher values he sets above the world.

You don’t have to get caught up in your self-worth or lack thereof. Your worth is not based on your opinion of yourself. You are valuable because God says you are His. You are not your past. You are not what you did. You are not who others say you are. You are who Christ says you are.

This study guide offers discussion questions and other supplemental material to delve further into God’s divine plan, and will ultimately help you sacrifice any old, unhealthy, untrue, and unbiblical thoughts about yourself and introduce you to your altar-ego—who you are in Christ.

Includes one Altar Ego DVD and Participant’s Guide.


The Justice Conference

Post a Comment » Written on February 18th, 2013     
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 The Justice Conference is a 2-Day annual conference taking place in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 22-23, 2013

This event promotes dialogue around justice related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS and human rights, featuring internationally acclaimed speakers, and hundreds of humanitarian organizations.

The Justice Conference is a movement of students, teachers, business people, parents, artists, social entrepreneurs, pastors, advocates and academics all of whom are discovering the paradox that true life is found when we give our lives away on behalf of others.

How Do We Get Teenagers To Read The Bible More?

Have you ever asked yourself this question?

Well I sure have, constantly! I am a mother of a teenager, a very sweet one at that. But will he sit down and read the bible on a daily basis? No, not really.

So, I need help here… what to do, what to do?

I found a very interesting article that might shed some light to this “not-so-simple” question:

How do we get teenagers to read the Bible more?

By Andy Blanks, co-founder of youthministry360. Andy loves Jesus, his amazing wife and daughters, and the Boston Red Sox. In that order.

I have thought a great deal about this, and I’m convinced there isn’t a sure-fire, “try-this-five-step-method” that works. But I do think there are some important things to consider.

Here are a few of them . . .

Knowing God, Part 1: We’re Framing The Question All Wrong.

“What can we do to get teenagers reading the Bible more?” I think this might be the wrong question. I think the right question may be, “What can we do to help teenagers value God more?” God must be important to our teenagers, specifically the idea of knowing God. When knowing God is important, when being close to Him matters to teenagers, the act of reading the Bible simply becomes the means by which they come to know Him. If they value God, they’ll value reading the Bible. Which leads me to the next point . . .

Knowing God, Part 2: It Doesn’t Start With Doing. It Starts With Feeling. 

I read hundreds of blog articles a week. (Or, I skim hundreds. I read a few dozen.) A few times a month I will run across an article that is titled something like this: “5 Steps To Better Bible Reading,” or “Tips To Help Your Students Read The Bible More.” The problem with these articles is that they are practice oriented. They focus on technique (“Bible study methods”) and behavior (“when to study the Bible”). Many of them are solid articles. But they assume a faulty starting point, as I alluded to earlier.

We have to change the way we teach teenagers to think about the Bible. If we teach them to see the Bible primarily as a “discipline,” or a “habit,” or even as “Bible study,” we’re missing it. We’ve forgotten that reading the Bible is relational. (We don’t talk about any other relationship in this way. You don’t develop the discipline of taking your children to see a baseball game. You do it because you love your kids. We should approach the Bible the same way.) We should strive to teach teenagers that the Bible is first-and-foremost a heart-driven, deeply personal, experiential encounter with God. We go to the Bible to engage with God, to meet God. We have to stop putting technique and behavior first, and make Bible reading about feeding our relationship with God.

Teach Teenagers To Embrace Multiple Methods Of Engaging With God’s Word

WAY too often we communicate to students that there is one way to engage with the Bible: sit down with a passage and study it as they would any other text. Inductive, exegetical Bible study. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with teaching this method. The only problem comes when this is the ONLY way we teach teenagers to engage with the Bible. It communicates to students that the Bible is meant for primarily comprehension-based information gathering. It neglects the many experiential, heart-driven approaches to meeting God in Scripture.

    • What about praying through the Psalms as personal worship?
    • What about choosing a specific attribute of God’s and meditating on it over the course of a few days?
    • What about learning some of the different names used for God and choosing to pray to Him using a name that speaks to them personally?
    • What about creating something, ANYTHING using Scripture?
    • What about prayer journaling?

These are just a few of the many different ways to lead teenagers to engage with Scripture. They represent a varied approach to encountering God in His Word, and helps students to break free from one specific way of looking at the Bible.

Modeling A Right Attitude Toward The Bible Is Key

This almost seems like a cop-out to include this on the list. After all, you can say this about every aspect of spiritual growth. But, I think this is especially true for this discussion. Your students will pick up on whether or not you value the Bible. If you model a passion for meeting God in His Word, your students will pick up on it. This is “caught” WAY more than it is “taught.”

These are just a few of my thoughts on the subject. I want my teenagers reading the Bible more. But I know that it starts with their attitude and values toward God and His Word.

So, what are your thoughts? 




A Journey of Discovery

A Journey of Discovery by Addition, Subtraction and Introspection

Lent is the time in the Christian year that leads us to Easter and our celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.

This isn’t just another devotional book. This is a guide to a 40-day journey to resurrection.

Lent? What is Lent? Is it that stuff you dig out of the depths of your pants pocket or your belly button? (No. That’s lint by the way). Maybe you think Lent is something only other churches do.

Even if you’re not familiar with Lent, you can probably agree that Easter is essential to the life of the followers of Jesus. It’s the time of year when we are intentional about retelling and rehearing the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Because Christ invites His followers to not just hear about the resurrection, but to participate in it, Christians have historically taken the 40 days leading up to Easter to prepare their hearts and minds to enter the story of Jesus.

This little book is a guide…a help…a companion on the 40-day journey of prayer and Christian practice known as Lent. On this journey, you’ll practice the disciplines of addition, subtraction, and introspection so that you may more fully participate in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is Lent. And we take this journey because we all need resurrection.

Pre-order this book Today! Expected to ship by February 8th, 2013

Talking About Health

A Dialogue with Health Professionals and Youth Pastors

The journey through adolescence toward adulthood includes both opportunities and challenges for health. The developing adolescent brain is faced with making decision regarding risky actions or healthy behaviors influenced by their social milieu. Youth ministers and health professionals working with adolescents have a unique opportunity to help teenagers weather life’s challenges through addressing physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Given the influence of youth ministers on adolescent lives and the knowledge of health professionals working with youth, this workshop is designed to create a context for dialogue and lay a foundation for collaborative efforts to strengthen the health of adolescents.


Keynote Address: Risk and Resilience

A discussion between neuroscientist Dr. Duke Han and Daniel White Hodge, director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies at North Park University.


Workshop 1: To Life!: Healthy Living

A dialogue between health professional Christine Smith and youth pastor Min Song

Workshop 1: Mental Health

A dialogue between health professional Robert Auger and youth worker Jen Morales-Crye


Saturday, February 16, 2013

8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Cost: $30 Nursing CEUs available for an additional $15

Participants will be awarded seven contact hours for this CNE activity through North Park University.

Tickets can be reserved now and paid for at the door with check or cash without the credit card fees. Checks should be made out to North Park University. Click “Other Payment Options” then “Pay at Door.”

Scholarship for Undocumented Students

Undocumented students planning to attend (or continue attending) a 2 or 4 year college in the fall of 2013 may apply for an Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship. The Fund offers scholarships of $2,000 towards an Associate’s degree and $6,000 towards a Bachelor’s degree. $100,000 of scholarships have been reserved for JROTC cadets — with roughly $200,000 worth of funds open to non-JROTC students.

Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be planning to attend or continue attending college in fall 2013, and submit and application (including essay, high school transcript, parent(s) income tax return, and two letters of recommendation) by mail before March 1st, 2013.

Applications can be downloaded at

CCDA Café at Trinity International University

FRIENDLY REMINDER: CCDA Café is this Thursday, January 31st. This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about CCDA or introduce your friends to the philosophy of CCD. Click to RSVP!

  • Meet other people who have a vision to see wholistically restored communities with Christians fully engaged in the process of transformation
  • Learn about the philosophy of Christian Community Development (CCD)
  • Meet people from the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and hear the stories of people all over the country who are bearing witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities.
  • Learn about opportunities to be involved in Christian Community Development ministries in your community
  • Join Trinity’s 2013-14 CCDA Academic Chapter

Trinity International University, Waybright Center, Melton Hall

2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

Date & Time
Thursday, January 31, 2013

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM