Episode 283

Mental Health Talk with Teens, Pastor’s Guided Tours & ERLC Policy Priorities

Feb 2, 2023

Shane Pruitt’s background in observing students is tough to top. Last year alone, he spoke at 117 students events attended by more than 260,000 people, he witnessed more than 30,000 salvations and 1,500 called into the ministry. He also helped coach more than 6,200 collegiate and student leaders. In addition to reading and studying Scripture, it can be powerful to experience the Bible’s real-world impact. Inspire Experiences offers Christian groups experiential tours based around the biblical connections found in Washington, D.C. And, as Congress and the White House continue to debate…the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission say they will focus on religious liberty, adoption and child welfare during the congressional session.

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Shane Pruitt’s background in observing students is tough to top. Last year alone, he spoke at 117 students events attended by more than 260,000 people, he witnessed more than 30,000 salvations and 1,500 called into the ministry. He also helped coach more than 6,200 collegiate and student leaders.

Over that time, a particular observation has arisen that Pruitt feels churches can no longer ignore – rising levels of anxiety and depression among teens.

In the fall of 2020, Barna released a study claiming that mental health is the new domain of ministry to the next generation. Pruitt recently wrote his own column on the Baptist Press, saying the church in America had taken positive steps to address the issue before but we still have a long way to go.

A discussion on this issue with Pruitt is the focus of this week’s video program Baptist Press This Week available at our website and on YouTube.
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In addition to reading and studying Scripture, it can be powerful to experience the Bible’s real-world impact.

Inspire Experiences offers Christian groups experiential tours based around the biblical connections found in Washington, D.C.

The organization explores the various monuments and museums around the nation’s capital while exploring the impact of the Bible and faith upon the nation’s history.

Michael McAfee, Inspire’s president and co-founder, told Baptist Press the goal of Inspire is to give an experience that will help people holistically engage the truth of Scripture.

Some of the sites explored within the tour options include the Jefferson Memorial and other historical monuments, the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the main attraction of the Museum of the Bible.

McAfee formerly worked for the Museum of the Bible, even before it opened. He said the job helped him realize the incredible discipleship opportunity the city had to offer.
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As Congress and the White House continue to debate…the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission say they will focus on religious liberty, adoption and child welfare during the congressional session.

The group says they are pursuing policies that encourage adoption and foster care and to protect faith-based, child-welfare agencies from government discrimination.

They’re also focused on defense of religious freedom in China, which has increased its persecution of Christians and members of other minority faiths in recent years. The SBC and ERLC have championed the cause of the Uyghur people, primarily Muslims who have been victims of a genocidal campaign by the government in western China.

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