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

3. How far is too far? Is it okay to date non-Christians?

Your personal (and church) theology will guide your answer to questions about sexuality and dating. But figure out how you’ll answer this question now. That way, you won’t have to take 20 minutes to flesh it out in front of your junior high small group.

4. Why does God allow suffering?

Questions about evil, sin and suffering are always important to discuss with young people. You don’t need to have a perfect answer. But knowing the basics certainly will help.

5. Anything about creationism or evolution

With both of these topics, it’s important to offer a sensible response. Just be careful not to ramble! The first time I got into a debate about Creationism, I think I spoke for 40 minutes. I quoted Scripture and referenced science journals. But at no point did I make any sense to the sixth-grader who raised that subject.

If you’ve been in ministry for more than three days, I’d love to hear your opinion.

What are the most common youth ministry tough questions you’ve heard? Which ones do you wish you had been more prepared for?

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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.