Here are some links from around the world of children’s and youth ministry: 

Taking on the Thin Ideal – An interesting article from Time about the method psychologists at the University of Texas have come up with to keep girls from developing eating disorders.  Their main weapon against superskinny (role) models: a brand of civil disobedience dubbed “body activism.”

Lord, Teach Us to Pray – Virtually – prayer using the medium of the web.

Post-modern youth ministry  – what would it look like – iMonk, a high school teacher reflects on this big issue.

10 Simple Prayer Ideas for Teens – Touchs on The Examen, praying scripture, meditate on an object, and so on.  Well worth a visit.

A great summary of teen preferences  – A summary of research produced by YPulse.  Lots of information to flick through.

Tim Abbot pointed out a new project to bring the Gospel story to anime. The video below is a taster (not in final version) which the creators would like some feedback here.

Download “Leader Introductions” survey – If you want to introduce some new leaders to a youth group this looks a great way, and easy to change to your situation.

Growth Barriers in Youth Ministry (pt. 3) – Mike Lovato gets back on with his series – looks helpful and something I’ll come back to.  (Part one here and part two here.)

Study: Teens Spend About an Hour More Per Day on Cell Phones in Summer – Although the research is US based, I’m sure there are some parallels in the UK.

Average teenager’s iPod has 800 illegal music tracks – Teenagers and students have an average of more than 800 illegally copied songs each on their digital music players.

Self-Cutting Linked To Risky Teen Sex – Study shows risky sexual behavior reported more often among frequent self-cutters.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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