Our Best Ministry Isn't Done By Us

I’ve been in youth ministry long enough to know that eventually, students in my ministry will face crises.

Knowing this, I’ve taken steps to equip adult leaders to minister to students in crises. That way, when crises happen, we’re prepared. Having seen the benefits of this, I recently began to wonder: Why shouldn’t I also equip student leaders for crises ministry?

Unable to come up with any compelling reasons not to prepare student leaders for crises ministry, this year, I’ve taken time to deliberately train them to respond to the various types of crises they and their friends are most likely to face.

To do this, each week during our student leadership team meeting, we cover content from Marv Penner’s Help! My Kids Are Hurting: A Survival Guide to Working with Students in Pain. To be clear, my student leaders aren’t reading this book. Instead, I’m taking the content and modifying it into a discussion format to use each week with them.

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Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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A Mission That Matters: How To Do Short-Term Missions Without Long-Term Harm

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Unleashing the Hidden Potential of your Student Leaders

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The Real Jesus

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What Teens Actually Believe About Jesus

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