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Youth Ministry Tough Questions: 5 Topics You Must Be Ready to Address

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I want to share five youth ministry tough questions…because somewhere, sometime, someone will ask them. And that’s the wrong moment to realize you don’t have a solid answer.

So take some time now to think about how you’ll respond. You’ll be very glad you did. And believe me, in youth ministry tough questions will happen!

There’s no excuse for being caught totally off guard by totally predictable youth ministry tough questions. Every now and again, you’ll get a question or problem that’s impossible to anticipate. You’ll hesitate and stammer, and that’s okay.

But if you’ve been in youth ministry more than five minutes, you should expect and prepare for a few difficult questions.

My goal isn’t to instruct your theology or give you answers. Instead, I hope you’ll take some time now to think. That way, you won’t trip over the tough questions when they arise.

5 Youth Ministry Tough Questions You’re Bound to Hear

1. Any question about homosexuality

Someone will ask these questions and probably pretty soon, too. Think about it and pray about it. Also figure out your church’s position on the issue. You’ll want that information before you blurt out a hasty answer.

In relation to this, consider how you’ll respond if and when a student comes out to you.

2. My (friend, grandparent, neighbor, coach) died and wasn’t a Christian. Is he/she in hell?

Yep, we’re talking about heaven and hell. That’s because your students are talking about it. And they’re scared about it, usually more for others than themselves.

If you don’t talk about hell, your students will ask. So you’d better be ready with a solid, biblical answer.

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Aaron Helman is on a mission to help end the epidemic of youth worker burnout. He writes at Smarter Youth Ministry to help youth workers with their biggest frustrations—things like leading volunteers, managing money, and communicating effectively. He is also the youth minister at Firehouse Youth Ministries in South Bend, Indiana.