Volunteers Ryan Kitchell and son Sam share their Volunteer Experience

Volunteers Ryan Kitchell and son Sam share their Volunteer Experience

We asked Shepherd volunteers Ryan Kitchell and his son Sam about what they have experienced and learned while serving neighbors on the near East side. What volunteer roles do you serve in at Shepherd? Sam: I serve as chairman of the Shepherd Youth Council, which is a group of students from Shepherd's neighborhood and the northside of...

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Podcasts

Columns by Jay

‘Friendship recession’ is ravaging our mental and physical health. Here’s how we fight against it together.

It’s been called the friendship recession. And it’s having devastating consequences on our emotional, mental and physical health. Recent surveys indicate that Americans have significantly fewer close friends on average and are much more likely to say they have no close friends than in previous decades. The friendship recession is so severe that U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has declared that the surge in Americans’ loneliness and isolation is a public health crisis. In May, Murthy...

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Why loving your neighbors is the secret to a happy and healthy life

In 1938, researchers at Harvard University asked a vital question that remains highly relevant 85 years later: What are the factors that determine if a person leads a healthy and happy life? To find answers, the researchers began a long-term study involving 268 Harvard sophomores, whose ranks included a future president, John F. Kennedy. Eventually, the participants’ spouses and children were added to the study, which continues to this day. What did the scientists determine, after eight...

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How do we respond as the church in America declines? Get back to the basics of being salt and light.

An important thing to remember about surveys is that one in isolation is of limited value. Are the numbers accurate? Is it showing us an anomaly, or does it signal something wider and deeper? But a cluster of surveys, pointing in the same general direction, can help us accurately identify emerging trends. And there’s little doubt that the Christian church in America is trending downward. Consider these data points: A Gallup survey in August 2019 found that only 36% of Americans said they have...

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Podcasts

Columns by Jay

‘Friendship recession’ is ravaging our mental and physical health. Here’s how we fight against it together.

It’s been called the friendship recession. And it’s having devastating consequences on our emotional, mental and physical health. Recent surveys indicate that Americans have significantly fewer close friends on average and are much more likely to say they have no close friends than in previous decades. The friendship recession is so severe that U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has declared that the surge in Americans’ loneliness and isolation is a public health crisis. In May, Murthy...

read more

Why loving your neighbors is the secret to a happy and healthy life

In 1938, researchers at Harvard University asked a vital question that remains highly relevant 85 years later: What are the factors that determine if a person leads a healthy and happy life? To find answers, the researchers began a long-term study involving 268 Harvard sophomores, whose ranks included a future president, John F. Kennedy. Eventually, the participants’ spouses and children were added to the study, which continues to this day. What did the scientists determine, after eight...

read more

How do we respond as the church in America declines? Get back to the basics of being salt and light.

An important thing to remember about surveys is that one in isolation is of limited value. Are the numbers accurate? Is it showing us an anomaly, or does it signal something wider and deeper? But a cluster of surveys, pointing in the same general direction, can help us accurately identify emerging trends. And there’s little doubt that the Christian church in America is trending downward. Consider these data points: A Gallup survey in August 2019 found that only 36% of Americans said they have...

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