Finding Risen Life in Tough Kids

Brad M. Griffin | May 3, 2012

Working with young people is hard. Sometimes unbearably so.

Even if you dont work with gang members or high-risk kids, you probably feel this way from time to time. And for those who do serve kids on the margins, the day to day struggles can fog our vision for why we serve in the first place.

Recently Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries here in L.A., spoke in chapel at Fuller. His meditation, a post-Easter reflection on the risen life, inspired our FYI team and the full house who joined us. This week take some time to consider these words from Father Boyle about the risen life we find in one anothergang members, tough kids, and anyone else in whom life is often hidden.

(Note: Boyle’s talk starts at 8:22)

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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