ABC Family’s teen drama “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” has made public the not-so-secret idea that the American teen’s life is consumed with sex who’s having it and who’s not, when they’re going to have it and with whom, etc. And it’s wildly popular among teens!
Where teenage sexuality was once the subject of after-school specials and one-time cautionary episodes of TV shows, there are now TV shows being written with teens having sex as the primary story line. There are even movies about it. And have you checked out the young adult section of your local bookstore lately? Everywhere you go you can see sexually explicit messages directed towards teenagers. And the message is anything but don’t have sex until you’re married.
With that in mind, the LCMS Youth Ministry Office has prepared this special resource kit for you. The following talk sheets and studies can help guide your conversations with youth.
I Want to Wait Till Marriage but it’s so Tough…A Plan for Abstinence by Travis Hartjen, DCE
Help! My Friend Says He’s Gay…How Should I Respond? by Rev. David Moerbe
I’m Just Looking…The Problem with Pornography by Julianna Shults, DCE
I Didn’t Think it Would Happen to Me…Teen Pregnancy by Mark Thompson, DCE
Is Oral Sex…Sex? by Rev. Paul Goeke
I’ve Had Sex…Now What? by Micah Steiner, DCE
Skit: A Conversation with Kayla by Helen Jameson
Skit: The Park Date by Helen Jameson, with discussion guide by Heather Melcher
How will you use these talk sheets? Share your ideas and suggestions in the comment box below!