Every week leaders across the country spend countless hours and dollars investing in kids and teenagers. Moms and dads hope their children will grow up with the kind of faith that transforms their decisions, enriches their relationships, and leads to a better future.

But in spite of the best hopes and intentions, many kids still grow up and miss experiencing God’s unconditional love and forgiveness.

Maybe they miss it because we missed something about…

A preschooler’s brain development
A child’s way of reasoning and relating
A middle schooler’s basic emotional needs
A high schooler’s most fundamental motive

Any leader or parent who wants to connect the message of God’s love and forgiveness to this generation of kids and teenagers needs to know two things:

1. They need to know God’s love and forgiveness personally.
2. They need to know kids and teenagers.

That’s why the Just a Phase Project was created. It is a collaborative, ongoing, effort assembling classic and innovative research, with practical application.

It synthesizes the work of national leaders and authors around the country to summarize and simplify…
hundreds of hours of research
interviews with licensed professional counselors
surveys of more than 250 state teachers of the year
countless conversations with age group ministry staff
so the average parent and leader can understand kids better.


So adults don’t miss what’s happening during the critical phases of growing up.
So leaders and parents can connect God’s love and forgiveness to the heart of the next generation.