Doing Ministry

Giving Comfort to Hurting Teens

Chances are, if you’ve been working with you for any length of time, one of your youth has come to you asking to talk. As teens encounter struggles and crisis, as a youth leader, you may be someone they can trust in a difficult time. What a blessing and responsibility it is to walk alongside these teens as they navigate through life’s challenges! This article walks through some key things you need to keep in mind as teens come to you in their difficult moments.

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Practical Ways to Navigate & Educate on Mental Health

We need to talk more openly and honestly about mental health, especially in the Church. Supportive adults can pause and educate ourselves and others about how to care for young people’s mental health in a Christ-centered way. Here are some practical ways to navigate & educate on mental health in your youth ministry.

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Age to Age: An Intergenerational Study of Spiritual Practices

The topics for these studies are spiritual practices which are important for Christians, regardless of age. As an intergenerational study, supportive adults and parents can regularly serve as examples in these practices and young people who are learning to incorporate them in their everyday life. This is a four part study that can be used in a variety of settings.

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What Teen Leaders Want Adult Leaders to Know

During the 2021 National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference, we asked our YouthLead participants what they wanted the adult leaders in their Youth Ministry to know. These were some of their responses. We are so grateful for how God is working through amazing teens in our congregation.

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Making the Law and Gospel Distinction in Youth Ministry

When in the course of our teaching, admonition, and yes, even counseling of the youth in our care, each passage of God’s Word that we utilize can and should be identified properly as conveying Law and/or Gospel. In this article, we talk about how distinguishing between Law and Gospel can impact our relationships with youth and our ability to share God’s Word with them!

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