Four Key Things To Know About Dealing With Students and Trauma

Four Key Things To Know About Dealing With Students and Trauma

By Jess Greaser, Youth Director at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA I remember the moment my perspective on trauma shifted. I had been on staff at a large church in youth ministry for many years and had a toolbox full of experience and knowledge that gave me confidence in handling all of the issues our team faced in ministry. But all that changed the day I worked with my first client as an intern at an alternative school for middle and high school students. I quickly realized that even though I... Read More
Surviving “The Talk” in Middle School Ministry

Surviving “The Talk” in Middle School Ministry

By Shane Sanchez, Pastor of Youth Ministries at MISSION Community Church in Gilbert, AZ  Is there anything with more potential for awkwardness than talking about sex with a room full of middle schoolers? Probably not! Awkward as it may be, it’s one of the most important and influential conversations you can guide your students through. In my experience, there are a few things you can do to help you get through it with as few awkward moments as possible. So as you’re preparing for “the talk”... Read More
What I’ve Learned About Pumpkin Season

What I’ve Learned About Pumpkin Season

By Mikiala Tennie, Director of Discipleship and Students at First United Methodist Church of Stuart in Stuart, FL I used to have a general apathy toward all things Pumpkin Spice related. As a Floridian, winter is my favorite season and fall is basically an extended summer where we pretend it’s not 87 degrees outside, while wearing our favorite scarves and boots. It’s a holding pattern until Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, my apathy lasted until I started working for a church that... Read More
5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

By Jono Contestabile, Student Ministry Director at Crossroads Community Church in Westminster, MD I’ve always defaulted to the descriptor of “special needs.” The way I see it, or rather have come to see it after eight years of involvement in various special needs ministries, needs are the common denominator of all people. It just so happens that certain individuals have different, or perhaps more unique, and occasionally more demanding needs. I hate admitting my needs. Don’t you? From needing... Read More
My Experience with Pastoring Students in the Juvenile Justice System

My Experience with Pastoring Students in the Juvenile Justice System

By Cory Sullivan, Youth Pastor at Wheatland Community Church in Rush, NY  There has not been a more life-shaping experience for me than pastoring students in the juvenile justice system. These are the youth that society has forgotten—the  ones that have been labeled monsters and even pushed to the margins. And believe it or not, that’s what makes it such a great opportunity for any pastor. These teenagers have talents, passions, hopes, and dreams, just like the teenagers that sit in your youth... Read More
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