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Created for Relationships

Monday, May 8, 2023 | Guest: Matt Collier |

Are image issues, suicidal thoughts, depression, identity crises, and pornography the key struggles young people face today, or are they the symptoms of something else? Matt Collier, president of The Wilds, has talked with many pastors and youth pastors about a cultural trend they are seeing: teens are struggling to develop genuinely deep relationships. To equip pastors and parents to help young people form meaningful connections, Matt Collier has written a white paper, "Created to Connect: Helping Teens Develop Deeper Relationships." In this podcast, Marshall Fant interviews Matt Collier about this paper. In addition to serving as the president of The Wilds, Matt Collier also serves as the director of Camps Abroad. He has also had 15 years of pastoral experience.


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About the host

Dr. Marshall Fant


Dr. Marshall Fant leads the Church Consulting and Revitalization Program at GFA, which is a special outreach ministry to assist healthy churches with strategic planning and revitalize struggling ones. As a certified church consultant, he is available to work with churches on leadership, disciple-making, financial, and facility challenges. Dr. Fant has 21 years of pastoral experience. He and his wife Gretchen replanted Harvest Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC, in 1996, and saw it grow from an average attendance of 12 to 260 people. Marshall and Gretchen Fant have been married since 1981. They have five grown children and twelve grandchildren.