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Kara Powell and Jen Bradbury: What Makes a Healthy Youth Ministry

“Asking young people questions is a real key to help them really wrestle with and own their own faith for themselves.”

“We [youth leaders] need to help young people integrate their faith into their daily lives.”

“Part of adolescent development is this idea of, they are trying to figure out who they are. Identity is so key for them.”

“I think part of our youth ministry world, our student ministry world, our church world, is this sense of helping to call out and ground young people in this identity, that they are God’s beloved child, no matter where they are.”

“My advice to youth leaders would be to think about what either your strengths or your weaknesses in this compass model are, and pick one or the other.”

“Teaching well, and particularly teaching for transformation, actually starts with listening, and a lot of times youth pastors, leaders, workers, parents skip that step.”

“Young people are asking the questions, so it’s a matter of whether or not the church is going to engage those questions and have a voice in that space.”

Mentioned in the Show

Faith Beyond Youth Group: Five Ways to Form Character and Cultivate Lifelong Discipleship” by Dr. Kara Powell, Jen Bradury and Brad Griffin

Fuller Youth Institute

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Pew Research Center