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You're probably the person to whom concerned congregation members direct their laments about young adults not showing up at your church. You're also the one to whom young adults express their feelings of being misunderstood or judged, often for factors out of their control.Read the Post
We all have teenagers in our youth programs who receive supports and services for disabilities. Figuring out the best ways to include these amazing young people in our programs, to help them connect with peers and friends, and to share their gifts and strengths with the church is part of the joy and challenge of youth ministry.
I’m both a parent and a young adult ministry expert. I’ve managed to graduate three children from high school and, as of this spring, three children from college. And I’m going to be honest with you … High school graduation felt like it took me into the twilight zone.
“Raise your hand if you would rather be a teenager now than when you were a teenager.” This has become of my favorite opening phrases when I’m speaking to parents and leaders. Usually no one raises their hand.
No matter what recent violence or display of anti-Blackness was all around us, we knew that we would make our way to this festival for the weekend with other Black and Brown people to sing, dance, eat good food, and spread love through fellowship together. It always felt like a big Black family barbecue or reunion.
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