THE INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY

Lesson 1: What do I do when teenagers are depressed and contemplating suicide?

As youth leaders, our first response to young people’s suffering must be to enter into a real relationship with them, to love them enough to hear their suffering, and to affirm that as they age, the particular causes of their suffering will change and, in many cases, will go away.

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Lesson 2: What do I do when teenagers question their sexuality?

Our sexual identity is always something we negotiate in relation to our intimate relationships and our relationship with God.

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Lesson 3: I have mean girls in my youth group. Now what?

Every group needs to have three things: meaning, fellowship, safety. Compromise any one of those things, and you’ve compromised your group.

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