The stripping of the altar, Jesus, & me

I am pregnant right now, heavily pregnant.

32 Weeks

My husband tells me I look beautiful and that he's in awe of what my body is doing. While I, too, am in awe of my what my body is doing, of the miracle inside me, as my pregnancy progresses, I've also...

Can you be a youth pastor & a mom?

32 Weeks

I'm at the stage of pregnancy where people no longer have to wonder whether or not I'm pregnant. At 32 weeks, this pregnancy is obvious. In fact, my new entertainment is watching my stomach move as the baby shifts.

As my pregnancy has grown...

The Final Frontier

Not long ago, popular Christian author Annie Downs tweeted “Sometimes it feels like youth ministry is the final frontier for women in leadership.”

A friend asked me what I thought of this. To be honest, I’m not sure I agree with Annie’s premise.


Do you skip Jesus?

Last week, my high school youth ministry finished it's discussion of Gospel Journey Maui by wrestling with the question, “Who is Jesus?” Because I've used this curriculum before, I searched my computer for our “Who is Jesus?” discussion from five...

Curriculum worth repeating

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Since January, I've been using Dare to Share's Gospel Journey Maui with my high school teens during Sunday school.

Initially, I was a reluctant to use this curriculum. Despite having heard other youth workers speak favorably about it for years,...

In defense of Youth Sunday

Youth Sunday Readings

When I first interviewed for my current position, I remember asking the pastors, “How are youth involved in worship?

Their answer to this question was important to me because I was coming from a non-denominational setting wherein we had a...

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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Jen's Books

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A Mission That Matters: How To Do Short-Term Missions Without Long-Term Harm

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Unleashing the Hidden Potential of your Student Leaders

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The Real Jesus

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The Jesus Gap

What Teens Actually Believe About Jesus

Based on National Research

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