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iGods and other devices: Teens connected and distracted (reporting from Daytona Beach, Fla.): Demands of youth ministry in a digital age explored at national conference in Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — If zombies attack, Vic Pruett will be ready.

The Florida minister jokes that he has a smartphone application that will help him fight back.

“I do love my smartphone,” said Pruett, who preaches for the Holly Hill Church of Christ, north of Daytona Beach. “I’ve got a map app, a running app, a calculator app, a movie listing app, a weather app, a level and measuring app, Bible apps, news apps and game apps, of course.”

Unfortunately, Pruett hasn’t found an app to make him a better husband and father or cause him to be faithful, honest and righteous, he said during the National Conference on Youth Ministries.

The advantages — and limitations — of technology were among the topics explored as nearly 400 youth ministers, vendors and speakers from 26 states and Canada gathered at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort.

From Pruett’s “There’s an App for That” presentation — focused on the fruits of the Holy Spirit — to Ultimate Escape ministry director Steve Holladay’s session on “Hook-ups, Sexting and Porn,” the recent conference reflected the changing realities of youth ministry.

This story appears in the March 2014 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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