Tonight and tomorrow my friends Sean McDowell, Greg Stier and Caleb Kaltenbach are joining together with me to speak to church leaders about reaching LGBTQ youth at our Anchored Leadership Conference.
We are excited, yet nervous, about this event because we know emotions run high when you bring up this subject (it’s like bringing up politics at dinner). But we think it’s worth it because we know so many of us in the church are desperate for resources and training in what it really looks like to love LGBTQ people like Jesus loved people, without abandoning our theology. (And I’m so glad to have Sean, Greg and Caleb embarking on this journey with me.)
People can still register to stream the event– so join us “virtually” if you like- REGISTER TO STREAM IT HERE. (Streaming can be watched live tonight or tomorrow, or after 3 days it can be replayed once for a week).
We put together the conference because it’s addressing hands down the biggest issue we’ve been getting questions about in the last two years. Questions like:
Out of 20 kids in my youth group, three or four of them identify as another gender. How do I handle this when we divide to “gender-specific” small groups?
A lesbian in our youth group wants to lead worship? How do I respond?
I want to teach our kids about Biblical sexuality. Will I be a hater if I teach one man and one woman?
The list goes on.
But here’s the exciting aspect: youth groups are full of lost kids, both straight and gay, cisgender and transgender… and all of them are looking for meaning. Jesus can provide that meaning and identity in their life.
Are you pointing them to Jesus?
We’re excited to provide a little bit of help to leaders in this area.
I’ll be talking about culture & identity, Sean will be talking about the Bible as our authority, and Greg will be sending us off with how to reach out to our community. In addition, we have testimonies and panels from other great speakers and youth workers.
Today I’m working on a brand new workshop for parents, teachers and youth workers helping kids experiencing bullying.
Notice I didn’t say “helping kids who are bullied.” This is where my training will immediately differ from others. I’m not just advocating help for kids who have been picked on, but help for the bullied, bullies and bystanders. After hundreds of interviews and 100+ hours of research for my upcoming book The Bullying Breakthrough… I found that most kids fall into one of three categories Continue reading “Helping Bullied, Bullies AND Bystanders” »
A few months ago I was eating dinner with a couple who had been in youth ministry for several decades, took a 5 year break, and just began serving in youth ministry again this year. The husband leaned over to me and said, “Jonathan, everything’s different! I’ve got kids who say they’re ‘pan’ or ‘a-gender’. I’ve got a girl who doesn’t want to be a she or even a he… she wants to be a ‘they.'” Then he asked me, “What the heck has happened in the last 5 years?!!”
As requests are coming in for speaking this fall, I wanted to let you know about a new workshop I’m launching… FOUR CONVERSATIONS! It’s the first parent workshop I’m doing where I have parents and kids in the same room!
How can we get teens AND parents to engage in conversation about the devices that are dominating most of their waking hours? (yeah… even parents)
I’ve been teaching parent workshops for about 15 years now, and speaking to teens about 20. But I’ve never done a workshop with them in the same room… until now! This is a subject that needs to be addressed to families, together… in the same room.
I’m as type-A as you get. My wife says I’m borderline OCD. I don’t go on a picnic without exhaustive preparation and planning. That’s why Africa is always a stretch for me. Africa is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum.
“I’ll meet you at 9:00.”
That means maybe 9:00… or maybe 10:00. Depends on if something else comes up.
In the youth ministry world, February is the time to talk about sex and dating. So I thought I’d give you the outline of one of my sex talks (or Download Youth Ministry put their professional flair on it HERE with readymade slides, the complete transcript and small group questions, all for just a few bucks. Those guys rock!)
In this talk I equip young people how to actually save sex in a world that exploits it. In other words, how can I “flee”? (This talk is drawn from chapter 2 in my book to teens, Sex Matters.)
TALK TITLE: What do you mean, “Flee”?
INTRODUCTION: I tell a story of a teenaged boy and his girlfriend going to her house after school. Her parents aren’t home, they go upstairs to her room “to talk”, begin kissing, the laying down… and next thing they know they end up having sex.
The young man goes to his youth pastor and tells him, “We didn’t intend to do it. It just happened. We couldn’t stop! Why?”