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Thought Factory is dedicated to learn from students, for students, to better our ministry practice with students. Based on our own national research with students (3,000+) and youth workers (500+), we break down what we are hearing from middle school and high school students from across America. We also discuss the intriguing differences between what adults "think" students are thinking and the students' responses themselves. Hosted by Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer from Never The Same, this show is for those who are interested in or working with students in a ministry or faith context.

Thought Factory Podcast Never The Same

    • Christianity
    • 5.0, 21 Ratings

Thought Factory is dedicated to learn from students, for students, to better our ministry practice with students. Based on our own national research with students (3,000+) and youth workers (500+), we break down what we are hearing from middle school and high school students from across America. We also discuss the intriguing differences between what adults "think" students are thinking and the students' responses themselves. Hosted by Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer from Never The Same, this show is for those who are interested in or working with students in a ministry or faith context.

    #815 || Special Edition Four | The Big Question that Crisis Forces Us to Answer

    #815 || Special Edition Four | The Big Question that Crisis Forces Us to Answer

    As weeks roll into months of this current crisis we find ourselves in, you may be evaluating and re-evaluating what you have been doing in your ministry to students.  This time has caused all of us to slow down in some way or another and there may be questions you are asking yourself.  What have you found to be unnecessary?  What do we need to let go or repent of that we have been doing?  But, what's the big question that this crisis is forcing all of us to answer?  What are you calling your students to when the normal program is disrupted?  In this episode, Jeff and Jayson discuss the big question we should be answering when it comes to our ministries as well as the wrong questions we may be asking instead.  Are we offering a product to be consumed, or are we creating an environment for students to meet with God?
     

    • 13 min
    #814 || Special Edition Three | Decision Making in Times of Crisis

    #814 || Special Edition Three | Decision Making in Times of Crisis

    How do you make decisions in a time of crisis, especially when you do not know when the crisis is going to end?  How do you approach each daily decision when tomorrow's forecast is so uncertain?  What approach should we have toward the long-term when the short-term will likely change?  In this episode, Jeff and Jayson discuss three concepts in an article found in the Praxis Journal, "Leading Beyond the Blizzard" - talking about making decisions in a blizzard, a winter, and a little ice age.  When a crisis occurs and it appears that it will last longer than anticipated, how do we operate our ministry, church, non-profit, or business when things appear to not be going back to normal? 
    Rean more at:https://journal.praxislabs.org/leading-beyond-the-blizzard-why-every-organization-is-now-a-startup-b7f32fb278ff

    • 22 min
    #813 || Special Edition Two | Number One Thing to be Doing Right Now in Youth Ministry

    #813 || Special Edition Two | Number One Thing to be Doing Right Now in Youth Ministry

    As we shift into the groove of being removed from our normal routines of ministry, we have established what our ministry will look like digitally for the extent of this pandemic as we socially distance ourselves. What is the number one thing we should be focused on?  This crisis has caused us to think creatively and execute plans in innovative ways, but are we providing what our students actually need or are we simply filling time until we can physically gather again? Have we stopped to listen to God's direction in all of this?

    • 20 min
    #812 || Special Edition One | Designing our Digital Destiny for Youth Ministry

    #812 || Special Edition One | Designing our Digital Destiny for Youth Ministry

    We are navigating through the new normal with the coronavirus pandemic affecting all areas of society throughout the world.  Churches and youth ministries have not been immune as we try to scramble to provide digital content for our students and communities.  But, what will our digital destiny be like as the landscape of the church changes and students' expectations shift?  Will we have a compelling enough reason to gather again or will this new normal of the digital world become permanent for many youth ministries?

    • 17 min
    Special Edition Series Intro

    Special Edition Series Intro

    We are in the middle of a crisis with the Coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world.  As ministry leaders speaking into the next generation, it is our responsibility during these moments to be ready for what is about to take place in the coming months and years, not only in our country, but also in our churches.  This 4-part series will be released starting the week of April 13, 2020, with two episodes per week.

    • 5 min
    #811 || The Return of the Lord Boards

    #811 || The Return of the Lord Boards

    Jesus' disciples got to witness Jesus ascend into the skies and into Heaven.  Jesus claimed He would return again one day.  The disciples believed this to be true and anticipated Jesus' returning very soon.  This return was what motivated them to spread the gospel to all nations.  Fast forward 2000 years and the Church is still waiting for Christ to return to Earth, but do we approach each day with the same eagerness and anticipation as the disciples had?  In today's episode, Jeff and Jayson are joined with Dave Butts, Chairman of the National Prayer Committee, who is also on the board of the National Day of Prayer.  Dave discusses the importance of keeping the perspective of Christ's near return centered in the Gospel message and how it is vital in our Christian walk.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Inarching ,

Must listen

As a lead pastor I can easily get caught up in the “work of church” to the point I neglect the next generations. Never the Same’s podcast The Thought Factory is full of crucial material and topics for me. Jeff and Jason cover so many important aspects of students’ lives and make it so easy for me to digest and stay connected to the next generation. I’m so grateful for the leadership of NTS. I just wish there was more cow bell!

Aamckay ,

Great podcast, with good topics and resources

Great podcast, with good topics and resources like Protect Young Eyes. They do a great job of tackling topics that need to be discussed.

NickPilieci ,

Great Research

Jeff and Jason have done some great research with a ton of students! They do a nice job of approaching a touchy subject without being biassed and they provide you with solid statistics.

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