Youth & Culture

A Hope that Endures: Developing Resiliency in Teens

Now more than ever our children need to develop resiliency skills as they face the after-effects of the pandemic as well as the ongoing repercussions of social and political unrest. In Youth Ministry we can help them to identify their feelings and see where God is with them and working in them to develop endurance, hope and resiliency.

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Loving Youth When Transitions Are Vulnerable

As youth leaders, we know that transitions can be vulnerable. We should not be passively waiting on the other side of the transition, the new phase of life, hoping that they make through with their faith. This article talks about how to walk with them through the valley, through the newness, through the changes and connect them to the God who does not change, who is always faithful.

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Flexibility in the Face of Adversity

Since March of 2020, COVID has drastically changed how Christians around the world see things. We can trust that through faith, God gives us the character and flexibility to not only face change but to allow it produce strength and hope that does not break. In this article we look at how to help youth face of change and adversity while maintaining our faith and integrity?

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How Can I Help?: Encouraging Youth to Support Loved Ones Struggling with Mental Health

LCMS Youth Ministry’s Youth Poll showed that 33% of youth reported having struggled with mental health issues in the last year. Forty-nine percent of youth reported having a close friend or family member struggle with mental health in the last year. With statistics like these, it is essential that we equip students with the tools and guidance necessary to aid them in supporting loved ones in the grip of mental illness. This article helps us in encouraging youth and adults to support those around them struggling with mental health.

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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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